by Catherine McKenzie (Psychological Thriller/Suspense/Mystery)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publishing/Atria Books | Release Date: May 4th, 2021
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A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone poisoned her before her time is up
Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live.
While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good.
Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recently had to move back home, is being unusually solicitous.
But with her daughters doubting her campaign against their father, Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head—or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.
About the Author:
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practiced law for twenty years before leaving the practice to write full time. An avid runner, skier and tennis player, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages and THE GOOD LIAR, YOU CAN’T CATCH ME and I’LL NEVER TELL have all been optioned for development into television series.
Visit her online at:
Website at www.catherinemckenzie.com
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor
Instagram at @CatherineMcKenzieAuthor
In this domestic suspense novel, a mother is given heartbreaking news when diagnosed with terminal cancer. However, as she pours over the test results, she discovers something that makes her believe she might be suffering from being poisoned (not the accidental kind). The doctor reveals that her time is short and she needs to enjoy the six weeks that are left.
As the time ticks down, she starts to get her things in order, but the hunt for her killer remains forefront in her mind. She is convinced her conniving estranged husband might be to blame, but wants to prove it before she dies. The reader is taken on an interesting journey. Secrets are revealed slowly, and red herrings are sprinkled throughout, but it is the revenge taken at a moment’s notice that brings this suspenseful thriller to life.
I loved that this book hooked me from the first chapter and kept pulling me along with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue to keep me pushing through to the climatic ending. Bravo to Catherine McKenzie. This was a clever and unique story that kept me well entertained on a warm summer day.
My Rating is 5 out of 5 stars because... I love reading books about people caught in a psychological mind game, books with mysterious links to family secrets, sisterhood, brave women, determined women, strong women, motherhood, and books that remind me to question medical advice.
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Publishing/Atria Books for allowing me to read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I could easily see this novel being developed for the big screen. Loved it.