In my opinion...
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Well, it’s obvious isn’t it?
Or is it?
This is a novel about an interesting and controversial subject, particularly if you have children. What would you do in the same circumstances, given the options these mothers faced?
My opinions changed throughout the book, and it did make me re-examine decisions I made many years ago, and challenged how much I had thought about them, or, as frequently mentioned, whether I had just gone along with the rest of the herd.
The novel is well researched and well written. By using the first person with Kate,Ms Hill forces the reader to feel obligated to support her side of the story, but then the use of third person narrative by Madeleine, shows her desperately wanting to communicate with Kate. By then we have taken sides, as characters do in the story. What a clever technique.
The viewpoint is never confused, however much the stories are entwined. I found it truly fascinating...and how on earth do you end a story like this? It was never going to be easy.
A thought provoking and challenging read.
Want to know more?
What if your choice for your child could harm someone else’s?
Every mother faces impossible choices. Vaccination is one of the hardest. For single mum Kate O’Hara, there was no decision to make. Her daughter Rosie is one of a small percentage of Irish children who can’t be vaccinated against measles. All Kate can do is hope that her little girl is safe.
For mummy blogger Madeleine Cooper, it was a leap of faith she wasn't prepared to take when she and her husband declined controversial measles jabs for their daughter Clara. All she can do is pray that it’s the right decision.
But when classmates Clara and Rosie both become sick will Kate pay for Madeleine’s choice?
A thoughtful and discussion prompting four glasses of bubbles
Thank you Harper Collins for my ARC