Book Review : motherless

Motherless by Erin Healy is a book that I will not soon forget.  As I was nine chapters into the book, my son asked what it was about and I honestly told him I did not know.  After responding I shushed him so I could keep reading.


To say this book got into my head would be an understatement.  I feel like I can see Ted Dekker’s influence on Erin’s writing, as she has co-wrote books with him in the past.  I loved this book.  I loved that she jumped right into addressing issues like agrophobia (fear of going in public)but in a way that makes you feel the fear that Dylan feels.  You almost fear for him, and fully understand him.

The way you will come to understand Marina and the weight she is caring around is just as real.  Seeing her as a woman who has coped with the suicide of her mother after 17 years, and relating to her as a confidant.  Seeing her hold her family together and willing to fight for their survival will endear her to you.

Motherless is a book that will take you on a journey that will leave you wondering where you went, and yet wanting to stay right there, or go further.  Dylan and Marina are the children of Misty, who committed suicide weeks after Dylan’s birth.  However it is not until their father dies in an accident that the secrets start to unfold.

I loved this book.  I loved every single character, and each for differing reasons.  Each character is working on their own issues, and yet they are not overly heavy – they are real.  This book speaks a message of forgiveness, redemption, and love but does not preach it.  I really love books that successfully can speak of God, yet without specific words. (hope that makes sense)

Probably one of the best books I have read this year, and I have read quite a few amazing books!!  Personally I think this is Erin’s best work yet, and just shows the potential this amazing young author is bringing to the book world!!  Can’t wait to read the next book!

I highly recommend this great story!!!

{To read sample chapters go HERE}


More about Motherless

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.


More about Erin Healyerin

Erin Healy is the bestselling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning fiction editor for numerous bestselling authors. Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development, and she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You GoThe Baker’s Wife, and Stranger Things. She lives with her family in Colorado.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Motherless in exchange for an honest review.

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