Bev Thomas

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A Good Enough Mother

book | 2019

Ruth Hartland is the Director of a trauma therapy unit in London. A psychotherapist with years of experience, she is highly respected in her field. But her family life tells another story. Tom, her seventeen-year old son, has disappeared, and has had no contact with anyone for over two years. Ruth is grieving for her missing son while trying to understand his disappearance. Is he missing? Or dead?

When Ruth is referred a disturbed patient, who bears a striking resemblance to her missing adult son, her grief and guilt compromise her work. With her professional boundaries skewed, events spiral out of control, culminating in a terrible act of violence.

A dark and gripping novel about the complex dynamic between a patient and a therapist, and a look at the responsibility and limitations of motherhood.


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Editions Lattes
btb/Random House Verlag
Sendik Books
Libri Kiado
Baltos Lankos

A Good Enough Mother doesn't read like a debut. It is a thoughtful, character-driven novel about guilt and motherhood that perturbed me long after I'd put it down. Assured, intelligent and beautifully written, I found it resonant and relevant.

Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal

A taut, intelligent psychological thriller . . . In A Good Enough Mother, Thomas joins the ranks of first-rate masters of misdirection who delight in artfully distracting us readers from the terrible truths planted right before our eyes.

Washington Post

What separates Thomas’ writing from your average domestic drama is its compelling persuasiveness; her background as a clinical psychologist means her characters’ actions always make sense even when they’re self-harming (a rare trait for the genre). 

Stylist Magazine

A Good Enough Mother packs an emotional punch and is a gripping, original read. It is a novel full of loss and longing and the complexities of human relationships.

Kate Hamer, author of the Sunday Times Bestseller The Girl in the Red Coat

A brilliant, genre-defying exploration of the complexities of motherhood . . . the plot is gripping, tension-filled but without hijacking the narrative, the writing is sharp, the characterisation first-rate . . . an author with huge potential.

Thriller Books Journal

Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute, in A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas combines all the tension of a thriller with the emotional resonance of a powerful family drama.

Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Thomas' debut is a compelling, ingenious novel about grief, love, the healing process, and what it means to mother. Realistic characters and a dynamic family relationship will have readers mourning with Ruth along her journey. The whole book is absolutely engrossing, but with the final unexpected twist, Thomas brings it home with a boom. Perfect for fans of psychological fiction, in particular Alex Michaelides' The Silent Patient.


An exceptional debut ... Thomas melds astute psychological insight with powerful storytelling in this moving thriller.

PW starred review

A Good Enough Mother is both a heartbreaking story of love and loss and a hopeful meditation on the winding path to healing.


Boundaries are crossed and hearts broken in this psychological thriller.

USA Today

An intelligent novel on the dilemmas of the therapist-client relationship and good parenting.


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