Her Good Girl


Christian - Fiction
330 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2018
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Author Biography

I first became aware of Munchausen By Proxy (MBP) several years ago when I read an article about what I thought was an emotional disturbance. Research shows that this is maltreatment (abuse and/or neglect) when a person—usually a parent—seeks emotional fulfillment by inflicting an illness on another, often one’s child, and often resulting in death. Recent cases such as the 1996 arrest of Kathy Bush for making her then nine-year-old daughter, Jennifer sick; the 2014 death of five-year-old Garnett by his mother Lacy Spears, and the recent Baby Jax case of a woman, Jessica Valik, who tampered with her son’s feeding tube, are one too many. Yet, I have not written about this type of tragedy and sadness to become a sensationalist.

Stories about the complexities of families draw my attention. I strive to tell stories that inspire others that, through the love and grace of God, one can move forward, families can heal, that there is hope, and that there is no reason to go back. Goodness can, and does, happen to troubled families.

    Book Review

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.

Elaine Stock

Heartfelt gratitude to reviewer Edith Wairimu for the lovely 5-star rating of Her Good Girl.

For the record, I did not want to "Rate this book," being that I am the author, but to add my comment I must.

As per Readers Favorite recommendations, I am including a few reviews of Her Good Girl from both Amazon and Goodreads:

Bottom Line: Her Good Girl by Elaine Stock is poignant and riveting, a spotlight on generational dysfunction at its worst but also on God’s miraculous grace. Stock tackles an intensely emotional plot with compelling prose, layered characters, a gentle spirit and always HOPE. It’s gritty and real and it doesn’t shy from looking abuse and mental illness in the eye and calling it for what it is. But it’s also tempered with mercy-driven insights and the healing only Jesus can provide. Such a great read – one that you will be pondering for a long time! --Carrie Schmidt, Reading Is My SuperPower

The rich, vivid description and turn of events kept the pages turning with my emotions and senses on alert to all that was happening to each character. The drama found in Her Good Girl is intense with the three dimensional characters with true to life issues to overcome with Stock providing a beautiful ending with God being the answer. Stock shows how, through God's intervention, His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy, along with professional assistance, healing is possible for dysfunctional family members when they will reach out to our Heavenly Father. --Marilyn, Amazon/Goodreads reviewer

Elaine Stock has done it again. When I read Always With You, I figured Elaine's stories couldn't get any better. I was wrong.--June Foster, author

Stock masterfully weaves a story of a mother with Munchausen by Proxy, a daughter who sees no way to escape her mother’s illness other than killing her, and a family in deep dysfunction. Her Good Girl is a story that will stay with you long after you read it. --Patricia Bradley, author

If ever there was a book that challenged you, pulled at your heart strings, made you reflect about your life, this is that book. Elaine Stock has managed to take some real problems, scary issues, and write them in a way that touches your heart, and pulls into the storyline without letting go.--Jessica Baker, A Baker's Perspective

Hands down … 5 stars!!! I give this with no debate at all. It was THAT good!!!--Florence, Amazon and Goodreads reviewer

May everyone who reads Sadie's story be blessed with hope for better tomorrows.

Kay Moorhouse

Her Good Girl is driven by strong and interesting characters that carry the story along the plotline to a satisfying conclusion. This is not to say that the ride is smooth. The tension of the narrative brings many anxious moments for the reader. The slow beginning picks up momentum as the story rolls along.

The somewhat unique format is written in first person (Sadie) and third person with each chapter labeled as to which character is speaking/featured. This allows the reader to become more intimately acquainted with the main players. I believe this format is particularly suited to this type of story, where the entire family is involved.

Adam, Sadie’s father and Tara-Lynn’s husband, is one of my favorite characters. Here is a quote about him: “His years with Tara-Lynn had taught that most of the time it didn’t pay to dwell on things that couldn’t be changed.” Somewhere along the line, Adam lost his hope. Only a special encounter has the power to help Adam see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I particularly identified with Callie in that she is a Christian adult outside of the family, who truly cares about Sadie and wants to help her. This story illustrates how God often puts certain people in our lives to help us along the way. He often sends Christian friends to help us sort through our problems and look for the best solutions. Callie is just such a person.

If you like stories that showcase true-to-life families with crucial problems and how God can shine a light in the darkness, I think you will like Her Good Girl.

Marilyn R

Her Good Girl wowed me with the strong characters and a realistic family situation dealing with the issue of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Sadie Tremont couldn’t escape her mother, although she was Tara Lynn to Sadie, projected illnesses she put upon her with no one seeing what was happening to her. Sadie’s father was to self absorb in his cave exploration, her grandmother wasn’t sure what to do except pray and the doctors were perplexed as Tara Lynn demanded her way that Sadie was ill once again. The rich, vivid description and turn of events kept the pages turning with my emotions and senses on alert to all that was happening to each character. The drama found in Her Good Girl is intense with the three dimensional characters with true to life issues to overcome with Stock providing a beautiful ending with God being the answer. Stock shows how, through God's intervention, His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy, along with professional assistance, healing is possible for dysfunctional family members when they will reach out to our Heavenly Father. I appreciate Stock’s depth in her writing that deals with dysfunctional families and the trauma they face on a day to day basis. I look forward to reading more books by Stock.

Kathleen Rouser

Author Elaine Stock has again given a unique perspective to an issue affecting society today: This time it’s mental illness and how, especially, left untreated it can damage the deeply-woven fabric of family relationships.

Sadie Tremont is alone in her world, despite all of the attention her mother makes sure she gets from doctors and nurses. In fact, Sadie can barely remember a time when she wasn’t exhibiting strange symptoms and unnamed illness.

Her father, Adam, often ducks below ground, going caving, rather than face the family battlefield at home. Her grandma, a sweet lady, with unfailing faith in God, keeps her distance rather than get involved. And while her mother, Tara-Lynn, professes to love Sadie, the girl fears the overbearing woman and refuses to call her “Mom.”

Enter Sadie’s new boyfriend, Sky, also part of a dysfunctional family. They forge a bond to face their equally disturbing trials together. However, can she embrace his frightening ideas of how to escape their families? Then a kind-hearted café owner, Callie, with her own hurtful past, sees the pattern of despair in the younger woman’s life. Callie reaches out and offers Sadie a different, more healing path, but will she take it? Or is it too late?

Elaine Stock uses a unique format in this book. Sadie’s viewpoint is told in first person, pulling the reader fully into the world of a teenage girl. The adult viewpoints in the book are in third person and Adam’s is particularly integral to the plot. I especially appreciated his story the further I read. Stock delivers suspense and psychological drama with an inspirational message very well. Her Good Girl deals with some difficult issues, so it’s for readers who enjoy a realistic read of a troubled family infused with elements of hope and faith. Highly recommend!

Robin Bunting

A powerful and emotional read. I had never heard of Munchausen by Proxy and find it to be an awful disease. The family in this story, the Tremont's, have this in their family and oh my goodness, the things that go on and how the family functions/disfunctions around it are intense. Very well written.
Regardless, the bottom line in the story is God loves and is in the redemption business. NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!