Bad Mommy

by Tarryn Fisher
Published December 24th 2016
Contemporary/Suspense
4 Stars

“A woman’s heart was an awful curse.”

I feel like this week is one of those weeks when there’s just too much to do. So many emails I never got to answer because of the holidays, review requests I have not totally sorted through and article requests I’m behind on. It’s just one of those weeks. Glad the holidays is over but I was not looking forward to so many emails! I’ll get through them though.

“I see you getting things you don’t deserve, living it up. It fucking sucks. I feel resentful because I deserve it more than you do. I could be a better you.”

I loved Tarryn Fisher’s Love Me with Lies series. The story was so twisted and I had avoided the books for quite some time but I finally got to read them all last year. When I saw she had a new one out, I decided to give it a go.

I have mixed feelings about this one though. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good read but there was just something missing and I have tried to point it out and I am not able to. I have given this book some time to sink in and my ratings have changed from a 3 to a 5 and settled at 4. It is a twisted story but it feels like one that does not have a flow or connection.

“You have to voice your thoughts so you can know you’re not the only one who’s fucked up.”

Bad Mommy is a standalone novel divided into three parts. Each part focuses on one of the three main characters Fig, Darius and Jolene. From the start we know that Fig is fixated with Jolene’s life and she wants everything she has. Kind of reminded me of Beyoncé’s Lemonade Part 3: Anger. She wanted to take over Jolene’s life completely.

If this what you truly want, I can wear her skin…over mine.  Her hair, over mine. Her hands as gloves. Her teeth as confetti. Her scalp, a cap. Her sternum, my bedazzled cane. We can pose for a photograph. All three of us, immortalized. You and your perfect girl. – Beyoncé

The title does not come from the fact that Fig is a bad mommy, no. That’s what she believes Jolene is but this where I think I found things not making sense because Jolene was not actually a bad mommy and I expected there to be a logical reason for that. But she has mental issues so probably logical is not her thing. Everything that Fig saw in Jolene was perfection and that’s what she was jealous of. She wanted to find faults and when she did, she tried to make them bigger than they were. Fig wants Jolene’s daughter and her husband.

“Since when did it become easier to be crazy than cheated on, you know? It’s just nicer to be crazy than to be unloved.”

But then Darius’s point of view was not at all what I expected. I cannot say more because, spoilers but it was insane.

“People who noticed details aren’t assholes; they were seeing you. Which actually took some effort, to look outside of yourself and see others. A rare thing nowadays.”

By the end of it I was confused. There was a character that appeared out of nowhere and the appearance was not explained. That threw me off a bit. The last line in the book is also a WTF moment. Aargh! Is there a way I can discuss this without ruining it for people? Why Tarryn? So many questions!!! I need a discussion panel just to understand some things.

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