“I see you getting things you don’t deserve, living it up. It fucking sucks. I feel resentful because I deserve it more than you do. I could be a better you, that’s what it boils down to.”- Fig, Bad Mommy
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
Tarryn Fisher is an author that has been on my radar for some time now, but I never got around to picking up any of her books. But when I saw the cover of Bad Mommy, I knew that this was a book I needed to read ASAP! Luckily for me, I was able to buddy-read this book with a few lovely ladies—luckily being the operative word here because trust me, you are going to need a few bookworm friends to discuss this book with once you get to the end.
Bad Mommy is a dark, suspenseful thriller about woman who desires a life that is not her own. That’s pretty much all I’m going to say about the plot because I feel that it is best to go into this book knowing as little as possible. And to be honest, I wouldn’t even know where to begin when it comes to describing the plot because it’s very much all over the place, and that is mainly because of the way the book is written. Bad Mommy is split into three parts and is told from three different POVs. The problem with this is that none of these POVs are very reliable and you are left wondering what is true and what is false. Toss in a few plot twists here and there and you get a book that readers will have trouble putting down.
The first POV and the first character we meet in this book is Fig Coxbury. Fig’s POV will be a POV that you are either going to love or hate. I admit, it is a bit exhausting being in the head of someone who thinks the thoughts she thinks. Fig is a psychopath who believes that “Bad Mommy” does not deserve to have the life she has and she wants to take it away from her. She ends up buying the house next door to “Bad Mommy” and slowly infiltrates her life, copying everything “Bad Mommy” does, right down to her appearance. It was extremely creepy and there really is no way to rationalize Fig’s behavior. She wants what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it.
The second part of the book is told from the POV of Darius Avery. Darius’s POV was probably the most entertaining POV of all and I got to say, I did not expect it at all. Darius is a fraud, a master manipulator, a con-artist who only cares about satisfying his own needs. I SERIOUSLY WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THE SHIT HE PULLED IN THIS BOOK! He had everyone fooled and I’m still in shock! I never wish anything bad to happen to characters, but dammit I was hoping karma would get Darius good.
The final part of the book is told from the POV of Jolene Avery. Jolene is “Bad Mommy” and Fig wants to take everything Jolene has and make it her own. The thing is that Jolene is very trusting. She has a big heart and she’s so willing to help others, which is why she welcomed Fig into her home without any hesitation. I honestly felt so bad for her because the two people she trusted most kept secrets from her and ended up screwing her over in the end. She didn’t deserve it, but she did still end up coming out on top and shout out to Jolene for making it through all this without murdering someone because that couldn’t have been me.
Bad Mommy was a dark, twisted, unpredictable page turner that will keep you guessing until the very last word, and yes I mean THE VERY LAST WORD! I’m still shook by the things that went down in this book and I hope I never find myself in Jolene’s shoes. Tarryn Fisher’s writing has got me hooked and I’m excited to check out her other books. If you can handle dark and twisted reads, I totally recommend you pick this book up ASAP!