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    An emotional, intense novel! Well done!

    Every Parent's nightmare! Nobody believes Madeline. She knows that something is desperately wrong with her daughter, Tilly. This little girl is behind on all of her growth and development. She barely eats enough to sustain her tiny body and vomits almost daily. The doctors including Maddie's best friend Laura who is a GP cannot find a thing wrong with Tilly. Her father Adam, thinks Tilly has problems, but they are behavioral. What is it? Is it Maddie being a helicopter parent? Is it Tilly being manipulative? Maddie is trying to advocate for her daughter and yet not one person thinks that she knows what is going on with her child! It is beyond frustrating! This is an emotional, intense story that will hit home for any parent, grandparent or anyone who loves a "little" person! Well done!
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    What would you do?

    What does a mother do when she is convinced that her six year old daughter is terribly ill but no one believes her. No one....not her ex-husband, not the doctors, not her best friend. Lots of struggles passed on to the reader. Is Tilly really sick? Is her mother convincing her she is sick? Does Tilly have psychiatric issues making her sick? While this book would not be categorized as a mystery in the true sense, it certainly kept me guessing. It was an emotional and at times a frustrating read. Very compelling. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of the book.
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    Gripping family mystery

    This is very much a tale of two different sides of a coin. On the one side is Madeline who swears there is something wrong with her daughter Tilly. On the opposite side is her ex husband who thinks she is just a fussy eater and that Madeline has pandered to her and their joint friend Laura who is also a doctor and has stopped being Tilly’s doctor as she felt it would affect their friendship. However she has remained friends with both Madeline and Adam even after the split choosing not to take a side. The author has cleverly used all the narratives to show different perspectives so you do question which side is right. As a mum but also as someone who has seen first hand how doctors can be wrong and the fight you have on your hands when questioning them I was really hoping it would be Madeline. It’s common knowledge that physicians are told when you hear hoofbeats think horse not zebra. Well occasionally some of us are zebras. But then on the flip side there is also the mental health disorder of Munchausen by proxy where someone can force someone else into the role of patient. I found all the characters plausible and the author has cleverly used a dual time line to show you how their relationships have evolved over time. This gives both the characters and story real depth. Being both a family drama and mystery this ticked a lot of boxes for me and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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    Moving and emotional...great book!

    I think Sam Vickery did a good job attempting to write about a topic that many people do not fully understand. We live in a world where people are either too eager to accuse someone of abuse, or completely ignore abuse altogether. I think she did great addressing what it would be like to be the parents under suspicion of a child who was frequently ill.. More specifically, what it would be like to be under suspicion of abuse when the parents are divorced and do not agree on parenting methods. I liked how she used the different points of view to explain everything. It helped to further understand how each character felt, and why they acted and reacted in the ways they did. The part that stood out the most to me was how quickly the doctors assumed it was psychological since they were not able to find a physical diagnosis. I think this seems to happen way too frequently in society, and people with physical health issues are often written off as needing psychological help simply because doctors cannot find a diagnosis. While I certainly feel that psychological health is important, justifying the need for it based on the lack of a physical diagnosis is a dangerous approach to medicine that is happening too much. I think other readers will enjoy this book because the ideas presented in this book go beyond did the mother make her child sick or not, and I liked how the storyline went above and beyond that. Did the mother suffer from Munchausen and cause her child to be ill? Did she suffer from Munchausen by Proxy and allow her daughter to become ill by not protecting her as much as she should’ve? Is it possible that the child really was ill from a physical diagnosis that doctors had overlooked her entire life? Was she ill because her mother had suffered from mental health issues, therefore making her daughter more likely to struggle? Was she reacting to her parents somewhat recent divorce since the symptoms had worsened during that time? Were her reactions based on the conflicting parenting methods since her mother seemed to be most likely to give in while her father had a more firm approach? Is there really any truth to mothers intuition, and how much should you trust it? Is it possible that a childhood tragedy impact how you raise your own child? How much can you trust your best friend? Are there any limits to what a man or woman would do if they are desperately trying to avoid divorce? These are only a few of the complex questions that will come to mind while reading this book, so it is very realistically thought provoking. Plot: Laura and Madeline were best friends for many years. They met in school and became so close that they were like sisters. On a dare, Madeline asks Adam out when they were teenagers. From then on, they were like the three musketeers. Madeline and Laura both had challenging problems to overcome during their teenage years, and Adam had faced harsh realities when he was younger, so none of them were strangers when it came to obstacles in life. Although Laura secretly had a crush on Adam, she kept that that hidden once Adam and Madeline started dating and eventually married. Under the surface though, Laura had always been jealous of Madeline, Madeline and Adam seemed like the golden couple who had it all. Adam had a well respected job as a pilot, and Laura just barely fell short of her dreams of being a surgeon by becoming a general practitioner instead. Madeline did odd jobs from time to time, but found that she needed to do more in order to support herself and her daughter, Tilly (6 years old) once she made the decision that she wanted a divorce. An anxious person by nature, Madeline was overly concerned every time their daughter, Tilly, even mentioned anything questionable. Based on Madeline’s version of the truth, Tilly could only eat a limited variety of foods otherwise she would be critically ill and in horrific pain. She maintained that Tilly had been like that since birth. Adam felt that Madeline was only contributing to the problem because she gave in to everything Tilly wanted. On top of that, she overreacted when Tilly was sick by taking her to the emergency room, only for doctors to tell her that she was fine. Prior to the extreme seriousness of Tilly’s problems coming up, Laura told Madeline that she couldn’t be Tilly’s GP anymore because it blurred the lines of professionalism since they were best friends, Altogether I can appreciate Sam Vickery’s approach to writing about a fresh new topic from a different perspective than what I’ve seen in other books. I know she spent a lot of time writing the book, and it is obvious that she dedicated a lot of time to research too. She did a fantastic job with the ending too, so I loved the way it all came together! I couldn’t quite relate to the characters, and wish I had the feeling of knowing them more closely than what I got from the book, but I still enjoyed it. Thank you Sam Vickery, Bookouture, and Netgalley for allowing me th
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    Fast and Fabulous Read!

    Wow! What a heartbreaking and thoughtful book. Imagine you know your child is ill and no one seems to take you seriously. This is the problem faced by now single mum Madeline over her daughter Tilly. Her ex thinks she is projecting and overreacting, while her best friend, a doctor, sides against her. How do you save your child when no one will listen?
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