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3 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library VAU (Text) 33500013299375 New Checked out 12/11/2020
Moorhead Public Library VAU (Text) 33500013299383 New Checked out 12/12/2020
Roseau Public Library VAU (Text) 35500006331985 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501172229
  • ISBN: 1501172220
  • ISBN: 9781501172236
  • ISBN: 1501172239
  • Physical Description: 424 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Emily Bestler books/Atria edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
A "Readers' guide" with discussion questions and author interview follows the text of the novel.
Summary, etc.:
Jess is a stay-at-home mother-of-three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees her. But when one of the children lands in the emergency room, Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friends-- and about herself.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
    When Jess' baby is brought into the ER with head injuries, the authorities suspect child abuse. But Liz, the pediatrician on call, can't believe that her friend would hurt her child. Jess is the perfect mother whose children (and house) are always perfectly maintained. As the police investigate, secrets are uncovered. Jess, who finally admits to leaving her children alone for a quick trip to the market, hides a greater secret: her obsessive fears that her children will be harmed, quite possibly by herself. Liz, who berates herself for not seeing Jess' deteriorating mental condition, has her own demons. She blames herself for a childhood accident that injured her brother; worries about her mother, who seems to be intent on drinking herself to death; and ruminates about a baby sister's sudden death. As the focus shifts between characters and times, backstories are revealed. Though set in England, Vaughan's intense novel digs into universal issues: the strains of motherhood, tests of friendship, sources of obsession, and the rewards of forgiveness. For those legions of readers who like edgy, contemporary tales. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sarah Vaughan studied English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. She spent eleven years at The Guardian as a news reporter, health correspondent, and political correspondent. Sarah lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

Subject: Women physicians > Fiction.
Motherhood > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
Genre: Medical fiction.
Medical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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