Posted on 12th August 2015

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Reviews: Mother Island

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“Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood secrets combining in a prime example of suburban noir.” Simon Savidge, 2015 judge, blogger and journalist

“…the immediate suspense is only the top layer of an intricate family story…Roberts writes fantastically well about motherhood and the magical, other-wordly atmosphere of Anglesey.” Kate Saunders, The Times

“There’s little more engrossing than a top-notch psychological thriller. Bethan Roberts’s latest novel doesn’t disappoint – it’s satisfyingly creepy and stimulates that delicious paradox: goose-pimples in summer.” Leyla Sanai Independent Read the review

“…a thoughtful yet page-turning domestic thriller. What makes Mother Island stand out from the crowd, though, is the compassion the author shows for her central characters…When Sam and Maggie go missing, the tension ratchets up a notch or three, and Roberts judges the whole thing with great pecision as well as plenty of humanity. A thoroughly cracking read. “Doug Johnstone Big Issue Read the review

“The latest novel to look seriously at the condition of modern motherhood…it’s particularly good on the multiple tiny stories of hurt and resentments that can make up a family history.”

Claire Allfree Metro“The tension in this cleverly constructed novel comes not so much from the skilful unravelling of events as from the forensic dissection of its characters’ inner worlds and relationships. Uncomfortable and gripping in equal measures.” Juanita Coulson The Lady Read the review

“Roberts’ forensic dissection of family life is almost painful to read at times…This is not a book to start reading late in the evening because once the first page is turned it is hard to put this gripping tale down.” Shirley Whiteside Book Oxygen Read the review


BethanRobertsBethan Roberts was born in Oxford and grew up in nearby Abingdon. Her first novel The Pools won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Award. Her second novel The Good Plain Cook, published in 2008, was serialized on BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and was chosen as one of Time Out’s books of the year. Her third novel, My Policeman, was picked as the ‘City Reads’ book for Brighton. Her most recent novel is Mother Island, winner of a Jerwood/Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. Bethan lives in Brighton with her family.


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