The book Carrie Bickmore loved so much, she couldn't stop weeping when she finished it. 


We’ve all been there.

All alone, lying in bed in a position that would make a chiropractor cringe, sobbing after turning the final page of an absolute ball-buster of a book.

Finishing a book that moves you that much kind of feels like the end of a relationship – you’re sad (or mad) it’s over, but glad it happened. Or something like that.

Finding books that can consume your life in the best way possible can be hard to come by, which is why when we saw Carrie Bickmore’s latest book recommendation, we knew it had to be a good one.

It’s called The Mothers’ Group and, by the looks of her Instagram post about it, it made The Project presenter sob, and sob, and sob.


“This was me after finishing the final chapter of the book I’m reading,” the mum-of-two captioned the photo of herself post-book meltdown.

“It was so bloody sad! Scared the hell out of my family – they thought something bad had happened!!! Just me being a hormonal mess! And yes that is snot dripping out of my nose since you are all asking…”

A quick Google search told us Good Reads describes The Mothers’ Group as “an unflinching and compelling portrait of love, sex, marriage and parenting in an increasingly complicated world… Moving, provocative, tender and utterly gripping, it will draw you in and never let you go.”

Wow. OK, we get the mascara, snot-crying face now.

On her website, author Fiona Higgins elaborates, explaining The Mothers’ Group “tells the story of six very different women who agree to meet regularly soon after the births of their respective babies.”

Look for this cover at your favourite book store. Image: Allen and Unwin.

"Set during the first crucial year of their babies' lives, it tracks the women's individual journeys - and the group's collective one - as they navigate birth and motherhood as well as the shifting ground of their relationships with their partners..."

"Until one day, an unthinkably shocking event changes everything, testing their bonds and revealing closely held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives."


Between Carrie's crying face situation and that description, we're adding this to our summer reading list immediately.

You can find The Mothers' Group online or at any good book store.

Have you read The Mothers' Group yet? Would you recommend it to a friend?