In the great genetic lottery of life, Blythe Connor inherited a maternal history of abuse, neglect and abandonment. She intends breaking the cycle when she has children, but when Violet is born, she seems ... different, and it becomes even more apparent when baby number two, Sam, is born. But if Blythe's husband and father to the children doesn't believe it, why would anyone else? Maybe Blythe has good reason to doubt her ability to mother.
Immersive and perturbing, this is a thought-provoking examination of the nature versus nurture debate and the weighty societal expectations of motherhood.
Most people found the book disturbing. Violet was a ticking time bomb, manipulative in some ways, caring when she wanted to be. Blythe's relationship with her daughter was odd - we thought a psychologist should have seen Violet and Blythe. Dad was perhaps one-eyed as far as his daughter was concerned.
This was a very interesting read. This is the story of nature vs nurture. There was no bond between Blythe and Violet - where did the fault lie This raises issues about mothering, suitability, innate qualities that we are born with.
Gripping story that really gets the reader thinking.
Disturbing content; enjoyed by some.
Most members agreed the book was easy to read and most enjoyed the short chapters. It did not grab all members and it wasn't finished by all. Even though the group thought it was well written, most did not like the content. We did have some good discussions around intergenerational trauma and the pressure on new mothers.
We found this book very well-written. Very easy to read. Short chapters kept it moving, gripping and believable. Some found it quite harrowing. We would all recommend this book to others.
Not all enjoyed the book - found it a little disturbing, a few did not finish.
Our group found this book particularly harrowing to read. It created a lot of discussion - even though harrowing, you couldn't put it down.