Under her care A thriller

Lucinda Berry

Book - 2022

"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 s...he 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
270 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781542035460
1542035465
Main Author
Lucinda Berry (author)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

Pediatric psychologist Casey Walker, the principal narrator of this superlative psychological thriller from Berry (The Secrets of Us), is brought in as a consultant in the case of Mason Hill, a 14-year-old autistic boy suspected of murdering the Tuscaloosa, Ala., mayor's wife. Because Mason's mother stops questioning as soon as her son shows any sign of agitation, Casey is tasked with gaining the mother's trust so that the police can fully interview Mason, who was found by the body splattered with blood on a riverbank below an old railroad bridge. He's assumed to have an aggressive personality because when police approached him, he pelted them with rocks. His fingerprints are on the rock that provided the fatal blow to the victim's head. As Casey observes Mason and reads his medical records, she begins to believe in his innocence and that Mason's mother may be harboring secrets. Casey is particularly interested in the case because she, herself, is raising an autistic daughter. The action never wavers, and the surprises are unending. Berry is writing at the top of her game. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Consulting on a brutal murder case involving an autistic boy—the son of a former Miss USA, local autism expert Casey Walker, as she tries to keep an open mind about his family’s dynamic, finds her understanding of the human condition shattered in wats she could never have imagined. (suspense). Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.