When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.
KEY WORDS: Psychopath, Villainous Women, Motherhood.
TW: Miscarriage, Adultery, Abuse of Power.
So ever since I read F*ck Love a few years ago and decided I kinda loved Tarryn Fisher, I made it my mission to read all her stuff. This was, however, in between university and a hefty TBR so it’s taken me longer than anticipated. I started with the Love Me With Lies series which was her first few books and they were so different from FL that I only became more intrigued. When I read Mud Vein, though, I knew I was lost and thoroughly in love with Fisher’s incredible, lyrical writing style and insight into the human mind, making me question my own feelings, morals and leaving me a mess of overthought for the days to follow. Bad Mommy was no exception.
This book has three unreliable narrators. Not one, not two, but three people who tell you completely different sides to the story just to mess with your head and leave you constantly wondering who is telling the most truthful version of the story. The three sides of the story are told by a psychopath, a sociopath and an author, all well trained in telling stories, bending truths and saying what you want to hear. And by hell, do they do that!
As ever, Fisher’s writing is flawless, flowing and lyrical, making you want to curl up within the pages of the book and stay there forever. It’s told in first person from each perspective and you feel so deep inside each character’s head that you almost feel like you’re just as insane as they are. I loved every second.
I really loved the characterisation of each of the main characters. Fig was truly fascinating and I almost found myself sympathising with her at times, while at other points shouting out loud about how absolutely insane she was. Darius was intriguing because we meet him first from Fig’s obsessive perspective before seeing him for who he really is and I loved that. Finally, Jolene. I saw so many similarities between Tarryn and Jolene throughout the novel and I will always love the way she inputs a part of who she is as a person into her characters, just to make you question who you are. I couldn’t tell you who I am. I probably am a little bit Fig-like, and a bit of Jolene. Maybe a bit of all three. Is that an unhealthy balance? Who knows?
Tarryn has produced another masterpiece that displays the inner workings of the human mind in an extraordinary way which has, yet again, made me wonder who the hell I am. Now I’m going to go and reread Mud Vein and be numb for a few days… before FINALLY reading Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, of course.
Tarryn Fisher’s completely varied novels pick apart your brain:
- F*ck Love ★★★★★
- Mud Vein (TW: rape, kidnapping) ★★★★★
- Marrow (TW: miscarriage, child abuse, murder) ★★★★★
- Love Me with Lies series ★★★★☆
Have you read Bad Mommy? Let me know in the comments!