Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied.
But Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother’s rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she’s with her father. To Alex, she’s willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she’s told.
Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and Alex apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger…
I can’t believe this book! I’m in awe of how disturbing this book was. I gave this book 4 an half stars! Hanna was this very unsettling and disturbed girl. I feel so much for Suzette who had to go through what she went through. To not know what you did wrong. How did this all happen! How did she become so sick? This book although so unsettling was really good. I would recommend this book. Not only because it was good and I loved the story. Especially with it giving both perspective. But it would give people the idea of children who can be mislead. Trusting your spouse no matter what you see yourself. And also how you would go about the situation, no matter how scary or frustrated it can be. They are your child and you want whats best for them and you would do anything for them. What drove me crazy about this book was the father/husband. I get it, she acted different to him than to her mother. But when it came to other people saying the same thing. STILL in denial! To be looked at as crazy or being silly. Ugh! Can you imagine, the one you depend on is doubting your story. Your going through hell, stress and failure and the one you lean on isn’t there to catch you!
To be honest with you, there are kids out there that are like this. I personally know a little boy who I consider to become like this. It’s very scary and unnerving to know this.