Motherless by Erin Healy {book review}

During the last few months of the year, I always seem to slow down a bit with my reading. I suppose it’s just an inevitable part of this busy season, with all the holidays, events and traveling. Often times, I find myself reaching for shorter, less dense books to read like a paperback with just a few hundred pages that I can easily read on a plane or in the car. A book that doesn’t involve as much brain power is also an added bonus, because half the time when I’m reading I find my thoughts wandering to those Christmas cookies I have to bake or those gifts that have to be bought.

That’s pretty much where this book ‘Motherless’ by Erin Healy falls into place — an easy, shorter read that only took me a few days to finish. If you aren’t familiar with Healy’s books, she’s the author behind the bestseller book ‘A Baker’s Daughter‘ among others. When I was given the opportunity to review this latest work of hers, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Not only have I enjoyed her other books, but I also am fond of the suspense/mystery fiction genre, which is the genre for this book.

Going beyond that, ‘Motherless’ is about the supernatural concept of spiritual beings living in a physical world. It was a new-to-me type of book and honestly, I had a hard time initially getting into the book because of the supernatural concepts. That aside, once I focused and was about 70 pages into the book, I was hooked. 

A whispering voice at the back
of my mind reminds me that
I’ve been this way for some time.
Dead, that is.

The dead have a very broad view of the living,
of actions performed out of sight,
of thoughts believed to be private.
I would know.
Losing both parents is a trial no child should endure,
and Marina and Dylan have endured enough.
They deserve the one thing I could never give them: a mother’s love.

A mother’s love, and the truth.

My children have believed a lie about me for years and years.
After all this time I can still feel their hurt in my heart.
But the tether holding me to them is frayed from years of neglect. . .
and I have to find a way to make my confession before it snaps.

But when the truth comes out, what other beasts will I unleash?

“Why do we lie to the children?” someone asked me once.

“To protect them,” I answered.

How terrible it is that they need protection from me.

Without giving away any spoilers, ‘Motherless’ is the story of two teenagers who lost their mother to suicide, many years (17, to be exact) ago from when the story takes place. There has always been some question about the nature of her death because a body was actually never found, so that part of the story provides some unexpected twists. Then, their father dies in a car accident 17 years after his wife’s death (again, during the current story line) but there are also questions surrounding his death.

‘Motherless’ covers a wide gamut of emotions – there’s betrayal, deceit, mystery, pain, love and redemption. That is a lot for an author to successfully write about in less than 400 pages but Healy has done an exemplary job of mastering the task. While the writing doesn’t always flow smoothly (she switches back and forth between present and past, or from one location to another without any warning) the way Healy weaves all those emotions and keeps the reader intrigued is nothing short of genius.

If you want an easy, intriguing and suspense-filled book to read over the holidays or anytime pick up a copy of ‘Motherless’. I’m definitely adding a few other of her books I haven’t read yet to my reading list now!


For more information about Erin Healy, visit her website. ‘Motherless’ can be purchased at most major book retailers, including the publisher website.


Disclosure: This book was kindly provided to me by Shelton Interactive for my honest review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Image source: Thomas Nelson

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