I never expected to be doubted, but if I can’t make them believe me, what then? I sit here beside her stroking her tiny hands as she sleeps and she looks so perfect. It never crossed my mind that something would be wrong with my sweet girl and I’d be powerless to do anything to help her.
When Madeline’s six-year-old daughter Tilly collapses one Sunday night, Madeline’s world is turned upside down. Racing to the hospital, she imagines the worst scenarios in her mind, but when they arrive the doctors say that Tilly is fine.
Madeline’s ex-husband Adam and her best friend Laura think Madeline is being overprotective, that Tilly fainted because of her fussy eating. But Madeline is sure something is seriously wrong with Tilly. She can feel it. And she believes that a mother’s instinct is never wrong.
As Madeline embarks on a desperate journey to have Tilly re-diagnosed, taking her in and out of hospital, Adam and Laura begin to wonder if Tilly would be safer in Adam’s care. Madeline just wants to keep her daughter safe, but the harder she pushes the closer she comes to losing her…
It’s very hard and frustrating when someone does not believe you. It’s even harder and more frustrating when your loved ones don’t believe you and the worst case scenario is when your child is concerned and you are up against solid walls you try to climb over and over again to slide down from and end up being left in the cold.
Some people have to see and experience something first before they can admit that they were wrong but at whose expense?
They often say that a mother knows best and even though it’s not foolproof it sure is true in a lot of cases.
This is a story where I felt the pain and the joy, where I wanted to slap a few people and hug others, where heartbreak can affect your future and letting go is the first step towards the rest of your life.
While I was reading, the world around me stopped existing. 5 stars
Thank you, Sam Vickery and Bookouture
About the author
Sam Vickery is an English author who loves gritty, emotional stories that can make you sob. As a child, she was forever getting in trouble for being caught with her nose in a book, and these days are no different. She lives on the south coast of England with her husband, two children and a cat that thinks it’s a dog.