How far would you let a stranger into your life? How far, if he was a convicted murderer? How far, if he would proclaim it in public?
I have read and enjoyed Joan’s other novel, ‘I am Ella. Buy Me‘, yet I was surprised by the premise of ‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’. We don’t think twice much before spelling our addresses out in public these days, and the possibility that this could happen to anyone of us, made it all the more intriguing.
Book Name: The Killing of Mummy’s Boy
Author: Joan Ellis
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Characters: Sandra, Carl, Ben, Lee Elliot, Debs
Sandra has had always a careful life, watching her back and her son’s. Her son, Carl is under the Witness Protection Programme for helping convicting the local thug Lee Elliot on a murder. Carl is a reckless youngster, who doesn’t seem to understand the grave danger that hung over his neck and blames his mother for making him choose the Programme. She loves him terribly and only the concern over his safety that stops her from rushing to her son’s side.
Sandra inadvertently spells out her address to a stranger, who insists on calling her Rosie and proclaims to have been just released out from jail on her journey back home. She learns Ben was in for slitting someone’s throat, later from him. She is filled with paranoia that she is being watched by Ben and her house being visited, her rest rooms used and her food tasted. She also finds Ben at the hospital she works, and she realizes the cop were not taking her complaints seriously and won’t be around to help her unless there were any crimes committed. She is also a wine aficionado, which helps her get through her days and nights while she dreaded by the unannounced visits.
I loved all the twists in the plot (maybe except the final one) and was genuinely pleased that the character I liked didn’t turn out to be the stalker. I had to stop myself tapping my head every time Sandra made a stupid decision, thanks to her being an alcoholic and Ben being the deep sleeper. I disliked Carl and his using his mom as a shield from his own responsibilities even before the plot fell open. Though I hated the dysfunctional mother-son relationship that Sandra and Carl had, I found it credible, kudos to the Joan’s attention to detail and writing style.
I loved the writing of Joan Ellis especially, as she did a commendable job on bringing out the pain and fear of Sandra and the vivid backdrop of the 80’s. Joan explores the subject of moral righteousness and integrity against family values and loyalty without be judgmental, which worked well for me. I would love to see a movie on this story-line. Now, I should read Joan’s other novels for sure.
Do let me know what you think of the book or my review in the comments.
P.S Did I hear someone missing my chicklit reviews? Next one coming right up.