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We have your daughter.

Frida Liu is a struggling mother. She remembers taking Harriet from her cot and changing her nappy. She remembers giving her a morning bottle. They'd been up since four a.m.

Frida just had to finish the article in front of her. But she'd left a file on her desk at work. What would happen if she retrieved it and came back in an hour? She was so sure it would be okay.

Now, the state has decided that Frida is not fit to care for her daughter. That she must be re-trained. Soon, mothers everywhere will be re-educated. Will their mistakes cost them everything?

The School for Good Mothers is an explosive and thrilling novel about love and the pressures of perfectionism, parenthood and privilege.

©2022 Jessamine Chan (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Enjoyable but heartbreaking read

I enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and gripping and the story was interesting.

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Great story, great narration

I chose this book based solely on the title. it surprised me and touched me. Be warned it is heart-crushingly painful in parts. Had brilliant echoes of the Handmaid's Tale but felt so much closer to the reality of our current society (or at least in the USA). It has really got me thinking about parenting.

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Couldn’t put it down

Harrowing and compelling. It reminded me of reading A Handmaids Tale for the first time.

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Troubling, harrowing story but engrossing!

Was disturbed and enthralled in equal measure by this story of human mistakes and societal injustice.

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Frighteningly brilliant

Hits really close to home, this could happen - we inch closer to this kind of control. Completely identified with this character - there but for the grace of God, this could be any mum that has a bad day or makes a single mistake. A must read, but be ready to re-think and question your parenting skills and your judgement of others!

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dsytopian read about perfection in motherhood

Disturbing and frighteningly believable dystopian read about a big brother state reigning control over careless parents. Frida had one awful day. She left her daughter home alone and consequently loses her in family court and is sent to a school for good mothers that intends to scrutinise every move and emotion in order to train her into being the perfect model of a mother. A moving and intense glance into the pressured of being a good parent in modern society that judges every decision. #theschoolforgoodmothers #jessaminechan