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A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone tried to poison her before her time is up, from the bestselling author of the “addictive and fast-paced” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author) thriller You Can’t Catch Me.
Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live.
While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good.
Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recently had to move back home, is being unusually solicitous.
But with her daughters doubting her campaign against their father, Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head—or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.
After a doctor tells Jennifer Barnes, the 48-year-old protagonist of this lackluster novel of suspense from McKenzie (You Can't Catch Me), she has brain cancer and about six weeks to live, she decides she wants to be surrounded by her 25-year-old triplet daughters and receive emotional support from her estranged husband, Jake Gagnon. But her daughters are oddly remote and almost unconcerned, believing their mother is just being her usual dramatic self. And Jake, a successful lawyer, only wants to push for a divorce. The sisters are used to Jennifer's theatrics she pushed them as children, billed as the Gagnon Triplets, to participate in talent shows and media events across Canada. Their suspicions heighten when Jennifer insists she developed brain cancer as a result of Jake poisoning her. Though she's dying, Jennifer elicits little sympathy, and her relationship with her daughters continues to fray as old grudges and memories surface. A clever twist comes too late as the plot stalls early with little tension and uninspired characters. McKenzie has done better. \n