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Multiple personality disorder was the core of the book. Grace got the shock of her life when the cops called her about her adopted daughter’s arrest for murder. How could her innocent child murder her birth mother? Which of her personalities killed her?
I loved the slow built up of suspense it made my pulse spike, my scalp pricked, and all I needed was the truth. The book was my solemn focus where I didn’t want to miss out on a single point.
The entire focus of the main portion of the book was on Penny’s defence when a broad minded psychiatrist was called in along with a lawyer ready to advocate for this child.
Each page unfurled tiny secrets. There were different points of focus. I loved the POV of Jack, one of Penny’s elder brother. He stood by her as she was family. It melted my heart that this family never gave up on her even when evidence mounted up.
In the last 70%, the author raised his pitch, and his words added a darker slant to what happened that night. And I had to walk through those parts as there was simply too much stress in me. Needless to say, an explosive finish. Wow!!
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Grace never dreamt she’d visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a decaying state psychiatric hospital, charged with the murder of a stranger. There was not much question of her daughter’s guilt. Police had her fingerprints on the murder weapon and the victim’s blood on her body and clothes. But they didn’t have a motive.
Grace blames herself, because that’s what mothers do—they look at their choices and wonder, what if? But hindsight offers little more than the chance for regret.
None of this was conceivable the day Penny came into her life. Then, it seemed like a miracle. Penny was found abandoned, with a mysterious past, and it felt like fate brought Penny to her, and her husband Arthur. But as she grew, Penny’s actions grew more disturbing, and different “personalities” emerged.
Arthur and Grace took Penny to different psychiatrists, many of whom believed she was putting on a show to help manage her trauma. But Grace didn’t buy it. The personas were too real, too consistent. It had to be a severe multiple personality disorder. One determined psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh, helped discover someone new inside Penny—a young girl named Abigail. Is this the nameless girl who was abandoned in the park years ago? Mitch thinks Abigail is the key to Penny’s past and to the murder. But as Grace and Mitch dig deeper, they uncover dark and shocking secrets that put all their lives in grave danger.
Publication Date: April 2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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