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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In a sleepy small town in West Virginia, a child struggles to survive. Sadie Tremont feels trapped. She wishes she could be normal like other ordinary kids her age. With her guarded personality, there is little hope she will find the help she needs. Then there is Sky, a loving young lad who has finally gotten Sadie's attention. For once in her life, Sadie starts to feel wanted; she starts to realize that she matters. But can she trust Sky? Elaine Stock weaves in another character that will play a crucial role in Sadie’s life; her name is Callie. As Her Good Girl’s plot picks up pace, Sadie begins to understand that what she is going through is not normal. Despite her grandmother and father’s incomprehension, things start to take a hopeful turn.
Her Good Girl by Elaine Stock is enthralling and, in many ways, informative. For starters, the characters are very well crafted. Sadie, the main character, fits the theme. She is tight-lipped, barely wanting to speak about what she is experiencing. Even so, she is determined to live. This is initially portrayed when she plans a meet-up with Sky, defying Tara-Lynn’s instructions. Elaine Stock sheds light on a syndrome that few know much about. She writes about the symptoms of Munchhausen By Proxy (MBP). Further, she covers the environment in which the syndrome thrives so that it goes unnoticed and how healing and awareness can be achieved. Also included is the reading group guide which helped me put into perspective the main messages that the author wanted to communicate.