The authors below have been kind enough to read and say nice things about The Second Mother. As always, I am grateful for my community of writers.
The Second Mother is a gothic unraveling of a novel, as moody and atmospheric as the isolated island on which it's set.
Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
When Julie arrives on a beautiful, rustic island off the coast of Maine -- with a one-room schoolhouse, where people embrace a simple life -- she is hoping for a chance to start over. Slowly and expertly, Milchman peels back the layers to reveal what lies beneath the idyllic surface. The Second Mother is an atmospheric thriller resonating with the weight and power of secrets. Settle in someplace comfortable, lock the doors and turn on the lights – you're not going to want to put this one down!
Jennifer McMahon, author of The Winter People and The Invited
Jenny Milchman is one of the best suspense writers at work today, and The Second Mother is a page turner extraordinaire. Milchman takes the nostalgic daydream of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and turns it ever so slowly into an urgent nightmare. That the story is set on a remote island off the coast of Maine - one of the most claustrophobic places a stranger can ever set foot - is an added bonus.
Paul Doiron, author of the Edgar award nominated Mike Bowditch series
The Second Mother is a tense, riveting story about a woman who flees to a remote island off the coast of Maine to escape a tragic past. Starkly beautiful, the island holds the hope of a new life and a new love but school teacher Julie Weathers finds herself facing dangers she never imagined. Told with Milchman's stunning prose, The Second Mother is a gripping tale of obsession, secrets held close and the dark side of island life. Harrowing and addictive, I dare you to put this book down once you've started.
Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and This is How I Lied
Rich in atmosphere, expertly plotted, and populated by characters that live and breathe, The Second Mother is as much a portrait of survival and redemption as it is a harrowing deep dive into the secrets and troubles of an isolated island in Maine. Jenny Milchman writes with insight and compassion, creating a vivid sense of place, and masterfully ratcheting up the tension page by gripping page.
Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside
Milchman owns a Highsmith mastery of emotional depth and psychological tension for all her rich, finely detailed settings. She is a true American regionalist artist. The Second Mother sweeps us away to an eerie island of complex villains, refreshingly women, that will chill your blood while it breaks your heart.
Kalisha Buckhanon, author of Speaking of Summer and Solemn
With her ever-masterful sense of place and astute psychological insight, Jenny Milchman takes us on a journey from the Adirondack Mountains to a remote island off the coast of Maine, and from the dark depths of grief into the light. This is a harrowing and heartrending story that earns its place in the sun.
Carol Goodman, New York Times bestselling Author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Sea of Lost Girls