Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker today. A big thank you to Viper Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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…
What can I say? I raced through this book. Call Me Mummy was both addictive and shocking in places. I was hooked! It wasn’t just the plot that was dark the character of Mummy was too. I do love flawed characters but Mummy definitely wins in that category. Her character made this book extra intense and you really need to experience her personality for yourself!
Kim, Mummy and Tonya came alive before my eyes and brought with them an addictive story. I couldn’t help but race through the pages eager to find out what would happen next. This was all made even easier with the very short chapters which I thought worked really well. Along the way Call Me Mummy did a great job of showing there are always two sides to every story. We can all be quick to judge at times and this is all highlighted very cleverly.
Call Me Mummy is such a twisty, dark read and one that turned out to be a completely immersive experience. I felt as if I was a fly on the wall watching Mummy and Tonya’s interactions albeit feeling very nervous at times. I have to mention Tonya because she was a gem. Her feisty nature was a brilliant addition. Even though there are dark elements throughout the story Tonya’s character provided a darker kind of humour. Which worked so well to offset the bleaker and grittier moments. The reader also gets to experience the effects on Kim and how her life turned upside down. These three perspectives helped to pull me in even more.
If you are looking for a darker read then Call Me Mummy should be on your list. My attention was grabbed instantly. Before I knew it I was along for the ride on an unpredictable and tense journey. A brilliant debut!