A Mother's Suspicion (2016)   3/53/53/53/53/5

A Mother's Suspicion (2016) (aka: Dying to be Loved)

A Lifetime of Suspicion

Freshman Emily Yates (Paloma Kwiatkowski) tends to keep to herself and suffers from depression which leads to her being on medication. Her mum Jill (Lindsay Hartley) is concerned especially as her relationship with Connor (Dan Payne) is now serious and fears that Emily will resent them. But it turns out Emily has started dating and is seeing blonde haired Gary (Jedidiah Goodacre) and that isn't such a good thing as Gary's violent temper sees him and Emily ending up in trouble with the law. Fearing he will be sent down the two of them apparently jump off a bridge together, chained together and to a breeze block. But Jill is suspicious as Emily has had an aversion to water ever since the accident which lead to her depression and it doesn't make sense and thinks that Gary is on the run and taken Emily with him.

About 20 minutes into "A Mother's Suspicion" there is a scene where Jill and her boyfriend Connor go to Gary's home to have a meal with his mother and we quickly learn two things. One is that Gary is bad news as he makes lewd comments to Jill and secondly his brother is a cop. Shortly after this we learn thanks to a private investigator that Gary has a track record for trouble but somehow always getting off. And so we have the basic building blocks in place with lots of bits built around it so we have the troubled daughter, the protective mother, the troublesome boyfriend and of course some things which doesn't quite add up.

Now you may ask where all this is going, well it is there so that after 35 minutes and we have the apparent double suicide it gives Jill cause to investigate things off of her own back and discover that things are not as they seem and some people are not what the appear. Of course as an audience we are already sure that some people are not how they first appear because of this not being the most subtle of movies. What follows is pretty typical as Jill questions things and finds that she is alone in her thoughts that the suicide was fake.

Here is the thing about "A Mother's Suspicion", which I should mention also goes by the name of "Dying to be Loved", it is all incredibly typical of Lifetime with the mother never giving up and uncovering a twisted web of things. As such this is another Lifetime movie which for fans of easy to watch nonsense will be an okay time filler but for those looking for grit, realism and a believable mystery are likely to spend more time mocking its flaws as well as some of the acting.

What this all boils down to is that "A Mother's Suspicion" is another one of those movies which when concentrated upon is full of flaws. But for those who enjoy the easy to watch nature of a made for TV Lifetime thriller this one ticks the usual boxes.