Elisabeth Carpenter’s Only A Mother is a Times Crime Club pick

Kindle bestselling author Elisabeth Carpenter’s upcoming crime thriller Only A Mother, a dark story of the lengths a mother will go to protect her son, has been selected by The Times Crime Club as one of their novels to look out for this month ahead of it’s publication in ebook, paperback and audio on December 27th with Orion. World rights were acquired for the Only A Mother, along with two future novels, by publisher Harriet Bourton and assistant editor Bethan Jones from Caroline Hardman earlier this year.


Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘MURDERER’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.

Could believe him

Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son anymore.

Could lie for him

So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won’t, then how far will she go to protect him?

Could bury the truth

Elisabeth Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award, and was longlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015). Her previous novels 11 Missed Calls and 99 Red Balloons were Kindle bestsellers.