Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.
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About the Author:
Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction.
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I enjoyed this book because it was different from most psychological thrillers that I have read lately. Celeste's daughter becomes very ill and the next thing you know Celeste is wrapped up in this other kind of life where she is on the run after making a huge mistake. Celeste leaves her daughter and runs for her life instead of sticking it out and finding out what will happen. This was a tough read because I could never see myself running and leaving my children behind. Each page made me wonder when Celeste would stop and go back to see if her daughter is better and alive or it she will just start a new life on her own.
I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars as sometimes I just couldn't like the characters as their behaviours drove me crazy.