The Other Mothers by M.M. Chouinard

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The Other Mothers


Published: 20 Jan 2021

Format: eBook


M.M. Chouinard is an award-winning author with a background in psychology. Her novel, The Other Mothers is the fourth novel in the Detective Jo Fournier series.

Review of The Other Mothers

There are some crimes that truly shock even the most experienced detectives.

When a five-year-old, Nicole, disappears from her elementary school playground, only to turn up murdered nearby, local families are thrown into shock. Who could kill a five-year-old? And why?

Nicole’s mother, Gia, struggles with her grief, as well as anger that her best friend was supervising that day on the playground. Why didn’t Karen protect her little girl?

Karen worries for her own child and the others at the school, but what worries her even more is Gia’s unusually flat reaction to the news of her daughter’s death. Everybody grieves differently, but Karen could never have expected her emotional best friend to be so calm in her grief.

Local detective, Detective Jo Fournier, is tasked with uncovering the truth behind Nicole’s death. But this time, the mystery hits a little too close to home. Having recently lost an unborn child, and being hounded for information about the case from her sister, whose daughters attend the same elementary school, Jo must solve this case quickly.

Because if somebody can kill a five year old, what else are they capable of?

With a focus on the women surrounding such a horrific crime, The Other Mothers was a truly compelling crime novel.

Chouinard has a way of creating fully-fledged, interesting, realistic female characters. Unlike some crime novels where the women are easily forgotten or could be easily exchanged, each character in The Other Mothers has an important, memorable story.

Detective Jo Fournier is a wonderful example of a well-rounded character. She’s smart, capable, and sometimes vulnerable – but always a strong woman, taking control of her life, one step at a time.

Although I hadn’t read any of the previous Jo Fournier novels, it was easy to jump into this fourth entry to the series. I never felt as though I was missing important parts of Jo’s back story, although now I do want to read more about her.

The instigating crime in The Other Mothers was tragic, leaving the reader to race to uncover the who, and the why. Chouinard carefully unravels the plot, leaving you with just enough suspense to keep you guessing, until the final shocking conclusion.

Why read The Other Mothers?

  • Well-rated series (4-4.5 stars average)
  • Strong female characters
  • Psychological thriller
  • Intriguing subplots handled well
  • Gripping mystery
4.2Overall Score

The Other Mothers

The murder of a young girl at an elementary school shocks staff, parents, and friends. Who could kill a five-year-old? And why?

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