Fiction – Thriller
Can you love someone to death?
Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others claim she’s obsessed and can’t stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter’s expense.
Fifteen-year-old Meghan has been in and out of hospitals with a plague of unexplained illnesses. But when the ailments take a sharp turn, doctors intervene and immediately suspect Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker, typically the mother, seeks medical help for made-up symptoms of a child. Is this what’s going on? Or is there something even more sinister at hand?
This was a highly anticipated 2019 thriller for me! I have been super fascinated and intrigued by Munchausen syndrome by proxy for years. I remember watching a special on TV a few years back and being appalled by this mental illness that is also a form of child abuse.
This book was very twisty and I wasn’t sure who to believe for the majority of it, which made it fun. Both the mother, Becky, and the daughter, Meghan, seemed reliable yet crazy at the same time. I love a book that can keep me guessing and changing my theory throughout it. While I did suspect the ending a bit, it was still really wild and surprising. The main thing I didn’t enjoy is just how far-fetched things seemed to get toward the end. For me, it was a little too unbelievable and action-packed.
However, I can imagine that most of you will really enjoy this book! I loved the unique premise of it, which can be difficult to accomplish with a thriller now since it seems like everything has already been done. I would absolutely recommend you read this one! I would love to hear what you think!
Available April 9th!
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and D.J. Palmer for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.