It is Tuesday book lovers!
Sharing with you today a review for a book I originally rated a little bit lower and six months later and on publication day I have decided to bump it up a star… this book has stuck with me and I let myself be swayed by the opinions of others and that was not fair to this book or to the author!
COMING TO SHELVES TODAY 7/17
4 controversial stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
About the Book
Sweetness can be deceptive.
She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.
She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.
I believe I’m going to bust out my complement sandwich for this review… as a refresher a complement sandwich is good/bad/good…. so in short the bad is sandwiched in between the good….. I also want to make it very clear that I read this with a group and I was in the true minority on this…. so the opinions in this review are absolutely my own and my review should be read with the understanding that this book is unquestionably not for everybody….
This book is about Hannah a seven-year-old who has some pretty major issues…. one of them being the fact that she wants to get rid of her mother…. for good….Suzette is an exhausted mother at the end of her rope, what has she done to deserve this child? As a mother I would love to believe that I would do all the right things in this situation, but next to Hannah, my children are absolute perfection (just don’t tell them that)….. I felt the author did a good job in the portrayal of the parents the overly stressed out mother and the oblivious father…. and the tension this would put on a relationship when Dad chooses to pretend that daughter is perfectly normal and mom wants to pull her hair out….
Now to the meat of the sandwich, the problems I had with this book…. hannah’s age was probably my biggest problem, I just found it very unbelievable that a child of her age was able to have the thought process and knowledge that she did no matter how gifted she was….. this I believe leads to the real problem if Hannah were 12(The age I believe A character who acted as she did was more apt to be) then she probably would have already been diagnosed and been in some major therapy…. however this also begs the question why was she not in major therapy at seven? Perhaps Alex and Suzette were not parents of the year, but they did take her to see several doctors and I’m not quite sure why more wasn’t done at a younger age? Although if something were done at a younger age we would not have had this book…. so perhaps that is the reason….
This was a quick page turning red that probably would be better classified as horror….. and if this is a genre you stay away from I’d definitely recommend staying away from this book…. this is a book that you can’t say you liked it, but I will say I appreciated it…. it definitely made me think, what would I do if I were this mother? And I believe sometimes it is hard not to judge in this situation, but I am a firm believer that unless you have walked in somebody’s shoes you really have no idea what is going on in their life and that’s kind of how I looked at this book….
So I’m going to take the easy way out and neither recommend this book or not recommend this book…. I’m going to leave it up to you, because this book evoked some pretty seriously strong reactions in people…. so if you choose to read it, read it knowing there is some disturbing content and it is 100% not for everybody….
*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
Have a day filled with words!