The New Mother by Nora Murphy [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The New Mother

Author: Nora Murphy

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publish Date: May 30, 2023

Genre: Domestic Suspense

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The New Mother by Nora Murphy


Isolated. Lonely. Tired. It’s hard being The New Mother. Sometimes it’s murder.

Nothing is simple about being a new mom alone in a new house, especially when your baby is collicky. Natalie Fanning loves her son unconditionally, but being a mother was not all she wanted to be.

Enter Paul, the neighbor.

Paul provides the lifeline she needs in what feels like the most desperate of times. When Paul is helping with Oliver, calmed by his reassuring, steady presence, Nat feels like she can finally rest.

But Paul wants something in return. It’s no coincidence that he has befriended Nat—she is the perfect pawn for his own plan. Will Nat wake up in time to see it?

The New Mother by Nora Murphy


Natalie is a new mother having a hard time adjusting to the demands of motherhood. When she meets her neighbor, Paul, he seems to have a magic touch with her son. But Paul has an ulterior motive for befriending Natalie.

The New Mother is told using the dual points of view of Natalie and Paul. The characters were interesting, but the buildup was slow. I had a hard time getting into this one.

This is novel focuses a lot on Natalie and her postpartum depression. Recommended for readers who enjoy slow burning domestic thrillers.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Nora Murphy:
  1. The Favor
  2. The New Mother

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