Sunday, January 27, 2013

Not My Mother's Son - Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Devious. Conniving. Deceitful. Insidious. David Miller thought he knew his mother. He thought kidnapping three children was the most appalling and horrendous thing any human being could do and she couldn't possibly do anything more monstrous. He thought there was nothing else she could do or say that would astound him. How wrong he was. After Beatrice Miller, David's serial-kidnapping mother, is sentenced to thirty years, David moves to Phoenix, Arizona; and with the help of a trust fund and an old friend, he starts the Never Give Up foundation, an organization dedicated to finding and returning exploited and missing children safely to their families. With all the wicked things his mother had done, David feels it is his unspoken duty to do something worthwhile. Hesitant at first, but after reading his mother's journal, David is determined to mend their dysfunctional relationship. Every time David visits Bea in prison, she seems deranged, insisting that people are trying to kill her. She ends each brief encounter with the chilling statement, "Remember David, things aren't always what they seem." As word about the foundation spreads, the services of Never Give Up are requested time-and-time-again to help where other agencies have failed. That is, until the police come knocking on David's door and arrest him, taking him back to Bunting Valley, North Dakota, for the murder of a newborn baby boy. Forced to shut down Never Give Up, David is amazed at how quickly the entire world turns their backs on him. The trial begins and his mother's testimony is the only thing that can save him. Telling the truth is as foreign to Beatrice Miller as giving up drugs is to an addict. As everyone in the courtroom holds their breath, you will, too. Remember, things aren't always what they seem.

My Review:

Not My Mother's Son, written by R.K. Avery, tells of a man named David who is subjected to a bad childhood and a psychotic mother who is in prison for kidnapping children and claiming them as her own.  After David's aunt dies she wills him her mansion and belongings.  David moves in to start a new life and starts a foundation to help missing and kidnapped children, along with an ex cop.  David also has to learn how to cope in everyday life and learn things that otherwise normal people would know how to do.  Things go well for a while, but then David is accused of murder.  David learns more about his past and and must rely on his mother to hopefully tell the truth.

A fast-paced book, Not My Mother's Son, is centered around David and how he copes with atrocities of life.  He's subjected to more pain and trials than most people, and his mentality level is somewhat stunted.  Added into the loop are events that throw things even more out of whack, like when David's "brother" is found to be involved in some foul play.  There are some details in the book that seem to be nonessential to the main storyline but, other than that, it's a book I enjoyed reading.

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.   Your opinions and results may differ.


Masshole Mommy said...

This sounds like a book I'd probably like. I'll have to see if they have it available for the kindle.

ababe28 said...

Sounds interesting, I would like to read it!
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Katherine Phillips said...

I so want to read this book.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Wow, from the book's description, this sounds like an intense read!

freddie said...

This book sounds so interesting. I wanted to keep reading after the review was finished.

Julie Maloney said...

I never would have considered reading this until I read your review and now I'm very interested! Great job!

Yellow Tennessee said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I will have to check it out.