WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
THIS MOTHER’S DAY YOU WILL CALL HER MUMMY.
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 little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.
Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she 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…
CALL ME MUMMY. IT’LL BE BETTER IF YOU DO.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Call me Mummy by Tina Baker is a gripping yet disturbing piece of fiction.
Kim has two children and is pregnant with her third child. Out on a shopping trip, she loses her attention for a split second. BAM! Her girl, Tonya, is no longer there. Who took her? Where did she go? The woman who abducts Tonya promises to keep the girl safe forever and love her. After all, the girl’s mother shouted at her in the shop. She would take better care of this girl. Wouldn’t she?
Baker provides perspectives of every character – the abductor, who is simply called Mummy, Kim, Tonya’s mother, and Tonya. Both the women were abused as children by their families. Both bear the emotional and physical scars of that abuse. However, while one woman is brutally honest with her feelings and is not afraid to lash out at anyone who judges her for her past, the other woman is delusional. She is always blaming others for her actions. You need to read the book to find out who is who.
Call me Mummy is dark, very dark. The descriptions of the child abuse aside, Baker gives a no-holds-barred sketch of Kim’s anguish upon losing her child as well as the postpartum depression she suffers after giving birth to her third child. There are also the descriptions of how Tonya copes with her abductor.
Baker also provides snippets of tweets and WhatsApp group chats where people shamelessly judge Kim and her past, and spew vitriol at her, not thinking for even a second how they would feel if the tables were turned.
I do have a quibble with the book. After a while, the continous flashbacks to Mummy’s as well as Kim’s past drags the story. So, I had to skip certain parts as I found them repetitive.
Call me Mummy is not a thriller. The police looking into multiple leads is shown as an aside. What takes centrestage is an intimate look into Mummy’s and Kim’s deepest, darkest thoughts. So, I would recommend this book to readers who like dark fiction.
Genre: Thriller || Pages: 384 pages || Published on February 25th 2021 by Viper
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Many thanks to Sahina Bibi @ Viper Books for inviting me to this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
Tina Baker, the daughter of a window cleaner and fairground traveler, worked as a journalist and broadcaster for thirty years and is probably best known as a television critic for the BBC and GMTV. After so many hours watching soaps gave her a widescreen bum, she got off it and won Celebrity Fit Club. She now avoids writing-induced DVT by working as a Fitness Instructor.
Call Me Mummy is Tina’s first novel, inspired by her own unsuccessful attempts to become a mother. Despite the grief of that, she’s not stolen a child – so far. But she does rescue cats, whether they want to be rescued or not.
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