Book Review: One last second by Sam Vickery

Genre Domestic Fiction

Rating: 5/5

What if your child was dying and no one believed you?

I never expected to be doubted, but if I can’t make them believe me, what then? I sit here beside her stroking her tiny hands as she sleeps and she looks so perfect. It never crossed my mind that something would be wrong with my sweet girl and I’d be powerless to do anything to help her.

When Madeline’s six-year-old daughter Tillycollapses one Sunday night, Madeline’s world is turned upside down. Racing to the hospital, she imagines the worst scenarios in her mind, but when they arrive the doctors say that Tilly is fine.

Madeline’s ex-husband Adam and her best friend Laura think Madeline is being overprotective, that Tilly fainted because of her fussy eating. But Madeline is sure something is seriously wrong with Tilly. She can feel it. And she believes that a mother’s instinct is never wrong.

As Madeline embarks on a desperate journey to have Tilly re-diagnosed, taking her in and out of hospital, Adam and Laura begin to wonder if Tilly would be safer in Adam’s care. Madeline just wants to keep her daughter safe, but the harder she pushes the closer she comes to losing her…

One Last Second is an emotional reminder of just how far a mother will go to protect her child. Readers of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kate Hewitt will never be able to forget this heartbreaking and beautiful story.

My verdict: As someone who has a chronic illness and have had doctors say my pain isn’t real I couldn’t help but empathise with Maddie because I know how hard it is to get a diagnosis when you don’t when you don’t necessarily fit all the boxes for one thing. They make you feel like your crazy. I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read this prior to its release and the author Sam who is doing a tremendous effort to raise the awareness of invisible illness with this beautiful novel – It made me laugh, cry and seethe with anger particularly with the prejudices Maddie faced because of her own mental health issues. I loved seeing the dynamic between the three adults and their close bond and ultimately how they want the best for Tilly. Not only does this book deal with Chronic illnesses and the prejudice that people diagnosed with constantly face it deals with SIDS, eating disorders, miscarriages and briefly Munchausen byproxy. I read this book in four hours drinking in each seen wanting Tilly to be okay. The main thing I hope people take from this book is to listen to your instincts when people brush aside your concerns. I have to say, Sam Vickery is hot on the heels of Jodi Picoult and Diane chamberlain in how she portrays all sides of the issue to get the full picture but most importantly with emotion and sensitivity at the heart of the issues. Sometimes mother does know best

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