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The Second Mother

(2020)
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"Proving Stephen King isn't the only author who can make a scenic small town in Maine feel menacing, Jenny Milchman's The Second Mother is a haunting thriller."—POPSUGAR

Opportunity: Teacher needed in one-room schoolhouse on remote island in Maine. Find the freedom in a fresh start.

Julie Weathers isn't sure if she's running away or starting over, but moving to a remote island off the coast of Maine feels right for someone with reasons to flee her old life. The sun-washed, sea-stormed speck of land seems welcoming, the lobster plentiful, and the community close and tightly knit. She finds friends in her nearest neighbor and Callum, a man who appears to be using the island for the same thing as she: escape.

But as Julie takes on the challenge of teaching the island's children, she comes to suspect that she may have traded one place shrouded in trouble for another, and she begins to wonder if the greatest danger on Mercy Island is its lost location far out to sea, or the people who live there.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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Used availability for Jenny Milchman's The Second Mother

Hardback Editions

August 2020 : Hardback
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Title: The Second Mother: A Novel
Author(s): Jenny Milchman
ISBN: 1-72822-636-8 / 978-1-72822-636-1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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Paperback Editions

August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Second Mother: A Novel
Author(s): Jenny Milchman
ISBN: 1-4926-9444-4 / 978-1-4926-9444-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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Audio Editions

August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Second Mother
Author(s): Jenny Milchman
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Second Mother
Author(s): Jenny Milchman
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Kindle Editions

August 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Mother: A Novel
Author(s): Jenny Milchman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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