Mothers and Other Liars

  • by Amy Bourret
  • Narrated by Blair Sams
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How far will a mother go to save her child? Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting 19-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them with a wonderful community of friends and her boyfriend of three years. Life is good. Until the day Ruby reads a magazine article about parents searching for an infant kidnapped by car-jackers. Then Ruby faces a choice no mother should have to make. A choice that will change both her and Lark's lives forever.


What the Critics Say

"Watch your back, Jodi Picoult! Here comes Bourret, a Yale-trained lawyer who practiced child-advocacy law and draws on past experiences for her gripping first novel.... Bourret nails the character development and pacing that make a good novel compelling. She unfolds her well-written, dramatic story in tidbits that will make readers hungry for more. (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Listened far into the night: Hooked!

Great reader for this surprisingly well-written and engrossing novel about a young woman who discovers an abandoned infant in a rest-stop trash receptacle and decides to keep her. A decade later the child's biological parents are identified, throwing her life and that of her family into chaos and despair. Although unrealistic at times, it's a fun read.
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- Elizabeth

I don’t know what to make of this book.

At first I liked it because it moved along quickly but after a while I felt it was TOO fast, like it started in the middle and rapidly sped through the chapters, which felt like a few sentences each. Every now and again it slowed to a complete stop when Ruby pondered the future or recalled the past – like a screeching halt before barreling onwards. It got annoying after a while because the tempo never felt right and it became a little distracting.

The plot itself sounded interesting when I read the synopsis, and as the novel progressed it did keep me wondering what would happen next, however the more it went on, the more I thought that it was just one preposterous calamity after another.

In the end, it was a little too much over the “this is too farfetched” line for me to say I really liked it.
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- Simone "Follow me on Goodreads too!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios