Creepy, creepy, creepy!!! This is a perfect read for the month of October. Suzette Jensen is happily married to Alex and they have a beautiful 7-year old daughter Hanna. The family looks idyllic from the outside but the secrets lying under the surface may put them in mortal danger. Hanna, for reasons doctors have been unable to diagnose, is mute. She communicates through gestures and facial expressions only. She adores her father but is cool and distant with her mother. She acts out, sometimes violently, when forced to go to school. Suzette strives to be the kind of mother that she herself didn’t have but Hanna’s behavior is beginning to wear her out. In addition, she is still recovering from the most recent of several surgeries she’s had to have for her medical condition. Suzette is feeling trapped and even threatened by her own daughter but will her quest to find help make things better or far, far worse?
This book will scare you and send chills down your spine but it will also challenge your view of the mother/daughter relationship and make you wonder what really goes on in the minds of children. I really liked Suzette from the beginning. Her medical condition makes her very vulnerable but she never gives up fighting and trying to improve as a person. She agonizes over the situation with her daughter and works hard to keep it from intruding into her relationship with Alex. I also really liked Alex, he is wonderful as a father and a husband, even if it takes him a little while to really acknowledge the issues his daughter has. Hanna may be beautiful but she is not a likable child. It seems to be her mission in life to torment her mother. As a mom myself, I found this child frightening and she kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I found this book to be a perfect fit for the time of year, scarier than I had anticipated and impossible to put down.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!!