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Just Like Mother by [Anne Heltzel]

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“Heltzel's novel bursts onto the scene with all the power and gore of a home birth. With unforgettable characters and details that will haunt your dreams, Just Like Mother is set to be one of the year's most talked about books. I tore through this urgent, timely, and deeply disturbing tale....and I'll think of it every time I field an uncomfortable question about my own childless status.” ―Andrea Bartz, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Never Here

"A fierce, frightening novel that examines autonomy, motherhood, and the dark side of feminine power with savage precision.
Just Like Mother is a total thrill ride. Buckle up and be warned ― there's no calling for Mommy." ―Rachel Harrison, author of The Return

“Tautly paced and sharp as a scalpel,
Just Like Mother grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. This book offers a dark and searing look at the societal expectations placed on women and mothers, and the lengths some will go to meet them. I devoured this book.” ―Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

“Eerie, fast-paced ... Heltzel’s probing exploration of women’s bodily autonomy―or lack thereof―makes this a solid choice for those who like their horror close to home.” ―
Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced, creepy, and unpredictable adventure that shines an unsettling light on motherhood and family ties. A page-turner from start to finish.”

“Flooded with visceral dread from the first scene and never letting up, Heltzel’s tale will disturb readers to their core.”
Library Journal

“Twisted, elegantly macabre, and brilliantly subversive,
Just Like Mother delivers a searing commentary on the damage done to women by putting motherhood on a pedestal and equating feminine identity with bearing children. It got under my skin in the very best way; I'll be thinking about it for weeks (especially at night).” ―Lana Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Payback's a Witch

“Full of dark secrets and even darker deeds,
Just Like Mother grabbed me from the start. Heltzel has tapped into a deep-rooted and disturbing cultural nightmare.” ―Nicholas Kaufmann, bestselling author of The Hungry Earth

“An astonishing, chilling meditation on the sharp-toothed joys of motherhood.” ―
Livia Llewellyn, Edgar Award-winning author

“As compulsively readable as it is genuinely terrifying,
Just Like Mother expertly weaves together themes of motherhood, trauma, and the perversion of feminism. It will sink its teeth into you as much for its incisive social commentary as for its deliciously gruesome horror.” ―Jessie Gaynor, senior editor at LitHub

“A visceral and disturbing ride,
Just Like Mother dives deep into the extremes of feminism and motherhood through the lens of true horror. Anne Heltzel is a master.” ―Amy Lukavics, author of Daughters unto Devils

“A chilling look at modern motherhood, friendship, and what it means to be a woman. I thought about it long after reading the last page.” ―
Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless and The Haunted

“Totally addictive. Twisty, dark, impossible to put down ... a classic, down and dirty horror, ferrying a damaged, winningly prickly heroine ever further into the realms of her deepest fears. I was terrified and obsessed.” ―
Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe series

“Lyrical and grotesque,
Just Like Mother is written in gorgeous and shattering prose.” ―CrimeReads

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

ANNE HELTZEL is a New York-based novelist and book editor. In addition to writing horror, she has penned several milder titles for children and young adults. Just Like Mother is her adult debut. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09C4FVHW5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Nightfire (May 17, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 17, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3922 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 313 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1250787513
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 248 ratings

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Anne Heltzel is a New York-based book editor and horror writer. She lives with her partner and their dog in the Hudson Valley. Find out more at

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Seriously I can’t tell you how many times I had said “WTF”! This book was started and then finished in less then half a day! It was good! A cult type of read. It kept trying to figure it all out before I was half way thru, but of course it wasn’t what I thought at all! A very well written book! Can’t wait to read more from Anne Heltzel!
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