Title: Bad Mommy
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Published: December 24, 2016
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.
I never know how to feel after reading one of Tarryn Fishers‘ books. Writing reviews for her novels is always difficult for me because I can never seem to put into words exactly what I think or feel. So I will warn you now, this review is not going to flow as nicely as most of my reviews do. Instead, this is just a cluster of the thoughts I had while reading this story.
Tarryn Fisher has a unique writing style and while it’s not exactly conventional, it grabs your attention and begs you to hang on to each word. Her writing is blunt and raw and she doesn’t shy away from the ugliness that is seen in human nature. Fisher doesn’t sugar-coat things; she faces the flaws of her characters head on. I find that when reading Fisher’s novels it doesn’t really matter if I’m crazy about the story line, her writing more than makes up for it. Her writing is packed with emotion and makes you examine yourself and the people around you.
Bad Mommy is told from three different perspectives; Fig, Darius and Jolene. Each character brings something new to the table. Honestly, I think the story could have been told three separate times, each character having their own book to explain their side of the story. They had such different perspectives of what was happening between the three of them. When it switched perspectives I always wanted to know what the other characters were thinking, so at the end of this novel I was left with so many questions! Sometimes, I think you have to re-read Fisher’s books to fully grasp and capture the details she jams into her stories.
I wouldn’t say that Bad Mommy is my favourite Tarryn Fisher Novel. Mud Vein and F*ck Love still hold the title for that. Like always, I can’t wait to see what Fisher releases next; her work is always different and exciting! You never get the same thing twice.