Catriona has the perfect life: a loving husband, a delightful step-daughter and her own daughter, Daisy. When Daisy falls ill, Catriona seeks help and in doing so, is forced to look back to her own traumatic childhood. When Catriona is accused of harming Daisy through Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, she begins to realise that the life she has is more fragile than she could ever have imagined.
©2010 Margaret Leroy (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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I wish I understood why this book has two titles! I think “The Perfect Mother” is the most appropriate.
I enjoyed the story, but one thing bothered me: the way the doctors completely dismissed the mother and practically jumped on the verdict of Münchhausen by Proxy. It was like a flash-diagnosis made on the fly with no real consideration of the facts. It felt like they just concluded it overnight and the story lost a bit of credibility for me at that point.
Perhaps the author evoked this on purpose so we could feel as stunned and bamboozled as the mother? Maybe. I just found it too fast to be believable.
best story of the year
well written and read
shall look out more
read by Fiona Shaw
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