Title: Phantom Limb
Author: Lucinda Berry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pub. Date: 12/15/2016
Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.
But there’s some horrors love can’t erase…
Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily’s body in their bathroom. Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she’s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.
As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily’s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she’s worked so hard to forget—the beatings, the blood, the special friends. Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it’s too late.
Phantom Limb is a character-driven mystery that begs to be read in a single setting. The shocking and shattering conclusion will make you go back and read it again.
My Review: 5/5
My minor in college was psychology. Even though it’s been almost 20 years since I’ve graduated (wow, I’m old!), I still love studying abnormal psychology and various disorders that affect the brain. When I was approached to receive a copy of this book I knew I had to read it.
This book is phenomenal! I read it in a day; I couldn’t put it down. It is gripping, and wonderfully written. I was worn apart along with Elizabeth at the loss of her twin sister, the only person who was with her through her life, from abuse during their childhood to finally going to college. I don’t know what it’s like to have a twin…to be so in sync with another person, it actually feels like you’ve lost a limb if something happens to them. It is a subject that I am very interested in and will seek out books addressing this subject.
There is so much I want to say about this book, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. There is a HUGE twist that I did NOT see coming! In fact, I had to re-read it about 5 times just to make sure I understood what exactly was happening.
If you have any interest in psychology, or just want to read a super fast-paced, character-driven book, I recommend this one. I should mention though that the twins are severely abused by their mother during their childhood. The book doesn’t go in to too much graphic detail, but it might be a trigger for some.
*** Thank you to Heather Harrison at Rise Press for a copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.