A dark and disturbing look at a complex family with hidden secrets!
I was kindly gifted a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.
Bad Fruit by Ella King
LILY IS A GOOD DAUGHTER
Every evening she pours Mama a glass of perfectly spoilt orange juice. She arranges the teddy bears on Mama’s quilt, she puts on her matching pink clothes. Anything to help put out the fire of Mama’s rage.
MAMA IS A GOOD LIAR
But Mama is becoming unpredictable, dangerous. And as she starts to unravel, so do the memories that Lily has kept locked away for so long.
She only wanted to be good, to help piece Mama back together. But as home truths creep out of the shadows, Lily must recast everything: what if her house isn’t a home – but a prison? What if Mama isn’t a protector – but a monster . . .
This is one of those stories that keeps the tension / knot in your stomach a constant throughout.
It is certainly one where you’re not too sure just what is happening and as the story evolves the relationship between Lily and her family, especially her Mama, becomes even more twisted and frightening. There were plenty of times where I just didn’t understand the decisions Lily made and I wanted to reach into the book and shake her to tell her to run away from it all.
It’s a dark book as you can imagine as it covers the topic of this abusive family and Mama is quite simply, evil, but there is more to Mama’s story and does raise the question of whether you can learn from the abuse or does that abuse just carry on from generation to generation.
I really enjoyed this as I love books that I have no clue as to where it is going to end and this definitely took me by surprise. Overall if you’re a fan of a dark and disturbing family relationship then this is the book for you.