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.
Like most of Lucinda Berry’s books, this one comes with quite the twist. I always look forward to Lucinda’s books. When I think she can’t shock me more than she already has, she throws me for a loop I never expect but appreciate just the same.
Under Her Care starts off with a murder. The mayor’s wife no less. The main suspect is an autistic boy. We meet Casey Walker, an expert on autism itself. She tries to figure out what’s going on and who exactly killed this woman, while finding out secrets she’s not prepared for in the least.
I really liked the chapters titled “Then” – They were creepy and unsettling.
Just like the rest of Lucinda’s books, I do suggest going in blind. It’s much better that way. Much like the rest of her books, this one keeps you guessing. I can never figure out did the crime and I prefer it that way but it is fun trying to come up with theories.
If you like the rest of her books, I highly recommend this one as well. What’s even better is that they’re all standalones, so you don’t have to commit to a series if you don’t want to.