A tense and gripping read!
Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker
Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want. Except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But foul-mouthed little Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.
As Tonya fiercely resists Mummy’s attempts to make her into the perfect child, Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserves to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, Kim begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.
Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…
The book is told from a number of points of view, the main ones being Kim and Mummy, but also a few from Tonya too. Scattered throughout we also have social media exchanges between strangers who are discussing the missing child etc. I like how the author put these in to really show how Kim was treated and how it’s so easy for strangers online to jump to conclusions about others.
I enjoyed the different points of view, with the ‘Mummy’ chapters being my favourite. She had a lot of issues and it was interesting to see how they all unravelled as she spends more time with Tonya, plus they were the creepiest and I just didn’t know what to expect from each.
Whilst I did enjoy the tenseness of the story with not knowing how it was going to pan out, I firstly didn’t really warm to any of the characters and then I really did feel it was building up to an epic conclusion but to be honest I didn’t really enjoy how it ended. It felt a little lack lustre and I was hoping for something a little more impactful after everything that had happened.