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Under Her Care: A Thriller Kindle Edition
From the bestselling author of The Perfect Child comes a shocking thriller about the disturbing complexities of a mother’s love and the deadly consequences of unravelling family secrets.
On a humid summer day in Alabama, a mayor’s wife turns up brutally murdered under a railroad bridge. Standing next to her body is fourteen-year-old Mason Hill, the autistic son of former Miss USA Genevieve Hill. The locals are quick to level their verdict on young Mason: he did it.
The town detective calls in local autism expert Casey Walker to consult on the case. At first, Casey tries to keep an open mind. But the more time she spends with Genevieve, the more her unease grows, and she suspects that Genevieve is doing more than just protecting her son.
Casey’s misgivings surrounding Genevieve’s story only intensify when she meets Savannah, Genevieve’s nineteen-year-old daughter. Savannah, as it turns out, has some disturbing secrets of her own. But as Casey dives ever deeper into the Hill family dynamic, her search for the truth leads to another shocking murder—one that shatters her understanding of the human condition in ways she never imagined.
“The action never wavers, and the surprises are unending. Berry is writing at the top of her game.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[It’s] a humdinger…Perfect for suspense fans.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lucinda delivers every time. Unputdownable.” —Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author
“Lucinda Berry’s latest, Under Her Care, is her best thriller yet! A dark, riveting read that will keep you up late, racing to the chilling end.” —Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of The Next Wife and Somebody’s Home
“Lucinda Berry’s Under Her Care is stunning, diabolical, and gripping with one of the best and most gasp-worthy twists I have read in a very long time. Fast-paced, fabulous, and enthralling, the pages practically turn themselves. Absolutely captivating.” —Lisa Regan, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“Creepy and chilling, Under Her Care is a tense page-turner that leaves you questioning everything you ever knew about motherhood and the family bond.” —Tara Laskowski, award-winning author of The Mother Next Door
From the Publisher
When the mayor’s wife is brutally murdered, Mason Hill, a young boy with autism, is found standing next to her body. His mother, Genevieve, claims he didn’t do it, but the rest of the town believes otherwise. Troubled by the details of the case, the lead detective calls in local autism expert Casey Walker to consult. As Casey digs into the Hill family’s life, she discovers that Genevieve, a former Miss USA and seemingly upstanding citizen, has only one desire: to preserve her reputation in the community. One thing becomes clear—no one knows the real Genevieve Hill.
Under Her Care is a gut-wrenching examination of narcissism, manipulation, and family. I was glued to the pages until the chilling climax.
—Megha Parekh, Editor
- ASIN : B092VLFPW8
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 7251 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,189 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On the upside, the author uses her considerable knowledge of dealing with children within the autism spectrum to good use. I did learn a few facts from the reading of the book.
Her ‘take’ on what constitutes a thriller, though, is sadly lacking. There are too many implausible events and loose ends, particularly the ending which was a complete letdown. There’s no explanation as to why the Mayer’s wife was killed, which is the nub of the storyline. The police-so called- investigation has a giant hole in it. The crime investigator is useless. The victims and aftermath are completely ignored.
All in all, I’m being generous by giving two stars instead of one but I’ve considered the actual medical facts which raised the standing a little.
Local Autism expert Casey Walker is asked to assist the police as a Consultant ,a big part of this role involving engaging with Mason and Genevieve. Very disturbed by what she suspects Casey but with the police seemingly not listening Casey decides to investigate on her own.
Author ,and Doctor,Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma and this book often comes across as a basic primer in both. While both of the authors specialisms do play a big part in the story there's "background" and there's an excess of information in what is supposed to be entertainment. This is almost a case history with a rather implausible story woven around it.
The book revolves around a handful of main characters with important secondary characters barely-drawn. There's no credible reason for the murder,an explanation yes but one that is less a revelation than a furrowed brow and "okaaaaaaay" moment.
When the plot involves children with Autism and how that can affect them and their parents Dr Berry is on familiar ground and while it feels that she's lost sight that the book is supposed to be a thriller for a few chapters the writing is tight and believable. Away from that the rest is lightweight and full of holes,it almost reads as if a different author has taken over the writing and it completely lost me at the end.
Autism is not something you have or sit 'with' as it is not an illness or acquired. Autistic is something we are. Proudly. Couldn't read any further after this.
The Perfect Child, Saving Noah, Phantom Limb, Appetite For Innocence and the rarely mentioned Missing Parts are amongst my favourites.
Under Her Care has been one of my most anticipated books since I read Secrets Of Us and then quickly binged all of her other books.
This is something very, very different. Genevieve is the former beauty pageant queen, mother to Mason, a severely autistic non-verbal teen with a mental age of four. When walking in the woods Mason is found distressed, covered in blood, next to a recently murdered woman's body.
Casey Walker, is the clinical expert on autism brought in by the Police to try and unlock Mason's mind to find out what really happened.
At the start I wondered if this was going to be like Saving Noah, with a mother striving to protect her son, but it very quickly goes off in very different directions.
It's very moving, there are deep reflections on autism, and unseen disabilities in children and the impacts they have on families. There are some great characters, and interactions, the cop who wants to pin the murder on Mason and Casey, determined to find a way to get Mason to open up.
It's wasn't the Lucinda Berry thriller I was expecting, but it is a really good book with a very original plot and fully developed characters.
The finale and reveals are brilliant and shocking, one of those books that linger and grow the more you think about it.