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Cara's been sick all her life . . . but in this case the cause might be more shocking than the cure. A creepy, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller perfect for fans of true crime. It's a mystery - why is Cara so sick? It feels like she's been sick all her life . . . but she and her mom have never stayed in one place long enough for doctors to really understand what's happenin Cara's been sick all her life . . . but in this case the cause might be more shocking than the cure. A creepy, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller perfect for fans of true crime. It's a mystery - why is Cara so sick? It feels like she's been sick all her life . . . but she and her mom have never stayed in one place long enough for doctors to really understand what's happening to her. Now, at fourteen, Cara is tired of being tired, and sick of being sick. She's trying to get better . . . but it's only getting worse. Unable to afford the care she needs, Cara's mom starts a Caring for Cara campaign online. The money starts pouring in. But something's not right to Cara. And the harder she looks, the less she understands. From Eireann Corrigan, the spellbinding author of Creep and You Remind Me of You, Remedy is the gripping story of a girl solving the mystery of her own health . . . before it's too late.


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Cara's been sick all her life . . . but in this case the cause might be more shocking than the cure. A creepy, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller perfect for fans of true crime. It's a mystery - why is Cara so sick? It feels like she's been sick all her life . . . but she and her mom have never stayed in one place long enough for doctors to really understand what's happenin Cara's been sick all her life . . . but in this case the cause might be more shocking than the cure. A creepy, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller perfect for fans of true crime. It's a mystery - why is Cara so sick? It feels like she's been sick all her life . . . but she and her mom have never stayed in one place long enough for doctors to really understand what's happening to her. Now, at fourteen, Cara is tired of being tired, and sick of being sick. She's trying to get better . . . but it's only getting worse. Unable to afford the care she needs, Cara's mom starts a Caring for Cara campaign online. The money starts pouring in. But something's not right to Cara. And the harder she looks, the less she understands. From Eireann Corrigan, the spellbinding author of Creep and You Remind Me of You, Remedy is the gripping story of a girl solving the mystery of her own health . . . before it's too late.

30 review for Remedy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Cara and her mother have always been a team, which has been important since Cara has always been extremely sickly. She is always in pain, has trouble sleeping, and is a cancer survivor. Her diagnosis is unidentified autoimmune disorder, and she misses a lot of school. This brings her to the attention of the vice principal, Mr. Briggs, who tells her that she is in danger of not passing because she is absent so much. Because she and her mother have moved around so m E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Cara and her mother have always been a team, which has been important since Cara has always been extremely sickly. She is always in pain, has trouble sleeping, and is a cancer survivor. Her diagnosis is unidentified autoimmune disorder, and she misses a lot of school. This brings her to the attention of the vice principal, Mr. Briggs, who tells her that she is in danger of not passing because she is absent so much. Because she and her mother have moved around so much, the school isn't happy with the medical records she has provided and wants a bit more information. Cara's mother is more than happy to share tons of information-- but with subscribers to her podcast, Wellness Warriors. She also gets food and help from local churches. When she starts working with Dr. Eric, a somewhat shady character who deals with alternative medicine and doesn't take insurance, Cara starts to wonder about what's really wrong with her. She's also tired of having no friends and not being able to do any activities. She starts to sneak out to the library, where she meets Science Kid, who goes to her school and later befriends her. Xavier (his real name) has Sickle Cell Anemia, so he knows about health struggles, but also sees a lot of things about Cara's treatments that ring alarm bells for him. Cara also occasionally sneaks out to a coffee shop where she can ignore her mother's ever changing diet restrictions, and enjoys going to the Mud Matters pottery shop to work with clay. After trying very hard to improve her school attendance, Cara passes out while taking an exam, and the school has her taken to the hospital. There, she meets Dr. Abidi, who is very concerned about her health and wants to run tests, but Cara's mother is infuriated that the school overstepped their boundaries. When her mother starts a GoFundMe page for "Care for Cara", the money starts rolling in, and her mother starts recording more and more intrusive footage for her "subscribers". When Cara finds a letter from her grandparents, who are in the Cleveland area not far from her, she tries to visit them but freaks out and comes home. While her mother is taking a "much needed" vacation for the weekend, Cara does some snooping, collects a lot of her records, and starts to realize how suspicious everything about her life is. Will Cara be able to get someone to listen to her? Strengths: Adult readers will know exactly what is going on with Cara, but I don't want to spoil this for others. From the outside, Cara's mom is perfect, and the language that she uses when talking to Cara, the school, and the doctors is chillingly on trend and perfect. She makes everything she does for Cara seem perfectly reasonable, and Cara is so tired and ill that she can barely think beyond getting out of bed. Xavier is a great character who helps her not only with her school work, but with rejoining society, and with questioning why she is ill, and what role her mother might have in that. I loved that the book ticked along with Cara's mom being in charge of everything and Cara managing to sneak out just a little, and then all snowballed very quickly once the mother made the decidedly odd choice of leaving Cara alone for the weekend. Weaknesses: I didn't quite feel that the connection that Cara had with Manuela at Mud Matters was all that strong, so was a bit surprised at how that shook out. What I really think: This was so creepily good that I might buy two copies, just in case someone loses one. Both would be always checked out. There's something about the mystery combined with the treatment by the mother that was deliciously creepy. Loved this author's Creep and Accomplice and think that a very strong argument could be made for calling Corrigan "the Lois Duncan of the new millenium".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ginni

    I finished Remedy in just over three hours. Then my nine-year-old daughter picked it up and inhaled it just as quickly. (The family that reads together!) It's a rare YA book that I can enjoy for its own sake and not with the qualifier "...for a YA novel," but this one hit all the right notes. Authors who rely on twisty plots to carry all their story's weight are seldom re-read. Corrigan has crafted a story with enough suspense to keep younger readers guessing, and characters fleshed-out enough t I finished Remedy in just over three hours. Then my nine-year-old daughter picked it up and inhaled it just as quickly. (The family that reads together!) It's a rare YA book that I can enjoy for its own sake and not with the qualifier "...for a YA novel," but this one hit all the right notes. Authors who rely on twisty plots to carry all their story's weight are seldom re-read. Corrigan has crafted a story with enough suspense to keep younger readers guessing, and characters fleshed-out enough to keep even seasoned folk who see where it's going fully invested in the journey.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Corrigan grabbed in the first few pages, and I raced through this book and finished it in just a few days, even in the busy time just before Christmas. I kept falling asleep sitting up in bed because I didn't want to stop reading. I loved the characters and was fascinated to figure out the motivations of the mother character and Dr. Eric. I loved the side characters like Xavier (the Science Kid), the pottery shop owner, and Mr. Pat Neary, the sweet gentleman. I loved Cara Jean, the strong female Corrigan grabbed in the first few pages, and I raced through this book and finished it in just a few days, even in the busy time just before Christmas. I kept falling asleep sitting up in bed because I didn't want to stop reading. I loved the characters and was fascinated to figure out the motivations of the mother character and Dr. Eric. I loved the side characters like Xavier (the Science Kid), the pottery shop owner, and Mr. Pat Neary, the sweet gentleman. I loved Cara Jean, the strong female protagonist, most of all. Corrigan has an amazing ability to take a minor character like an Uber driver and flesh them out into a real person even though they only show up for a couple pages. There were heartwarming moments and suspenseful moments and peaceful moments. Corrigan writes young adults so realistically--the dialogue, the surprising choices, the vacillation between maturity and uncertainty. I couldn't recommend it more highly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reaping Roses

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I mostly finished this book to see if Cara gets out. She does. Cara has to be one of the worse main characters I have ever read, she is poorly written. I didn't hate the book, but the relationships between characters seemed very odd, and blurred. I didn't feel like I made a connection. Is Xavier a good friend? Does Cara misunderstand everything he says? Yes and yes. Even though this book was quite predictable, given that it is almost exactly like the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, minus the murder, I o I mostly finished this book to see if Cara gets out. She does. Cara has to be one of the worse main characters I have ever read, she is poorly written. I didn't hate the book, but the relationships between characters seemed very odd, and blurred. I didn't feel like I made a connection. Is Xavier a good friend? Does Cara misunderstand everything he says? Yes and yes. Even though this book was quite predictable, given that it is almost exactly like the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, minus the murder, I only finished to see how Cara got out, and even then, I was waiting for a climax. It felt like a flat line the whole time, and whenever I thought we were actually reaching for something... it would fall to the ground. Flat. I couldn't tell if things were good or bad. Besides the mother and Dr. Eric being obvious antagonists. I still don't know if Cara is happy with her life before or after. There was a lot of weird middle ground. The ending of the mother getting arrested and Cara walking out without a word was a good way to end. There was no need for an "Epilogue." Crazy enough, right after I finished, I developed a headache.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annika Katherine

    i started this book yesterday, and i just could. not. put. it. down. it's been a while since i've read a book that hooked me like that, and the writing was light and easy to digest, making it perfect for a two-day binge read. i have to say, i was absolutely stunned by the dialogue between cara and her mom. there were legitimately moments where i was screaming in my head: *"this is just like me! these are the same exact things my mom used to say to me!"* the at first subtle and then later not-so-s i started this book yesterday, and i just could. not. put. it. down. it's been a while since i've read a book that hooked me like that, and the writing was light and easy to digest, making it perfect for a two-day binge read. i have to say, i was absolutely stunned by the dialogue between cara and her mom. there were legitimately moments where i was screaming in my head: *"this is just like me! these are the same exact things my mom used to say to me!"* the at first subtle and then later not-so-subtle ways in which her mother manipulates and lies to cara were so realistic and well-depicted. i was seething with anger the whole middle section of the book just wishing i could reach into the pages and slap her mom across the face. although my mother never had (view spoiler)[ munchausen by proxy (hide spoiler)] the methods of manipulation and way of turning everything around to be about how burdened she was as a mother is very familiar to me: it was an incredible experience seeing that depicted so accurately on the page for the first time. my one biggest criticism would be that i wish cara had a more active role. given how much i could relate to her relationship with her mother, and the fact that she has been dealing with chronic illness her whole life, i kept wondering where her anger was. throughout the whole book, she deals with her pain with utter grace and acceptance. i know that after so many years dealing with her illness, she would have figured out ways to cope, but given her age, illness, and her mother's manipulation of her life, wouldn't some general anger and resentment at the world come bubbling up to the surface every once in a while? yes, sure, sure, she does get angry and blow up at xavier towards the end, and there are several scenes where her annoyance is expressed quite clearly, but while i was reading i felt like a deeper, burning anger was missing: all those years of pain and little injustices have to go somewhere. i felt like what cara really needed was a sobbing, ugly-cry breakdown in a bathroom stall or parking lot somewhere by herself. and maybe a couple instances where she doesn't back down when her mom guilts her and just lets it devolve into a full-blown fight. in the scene where (view spoiler)[ cara sees her mother on TV saying that cara has come out of remission with her cancer, corrigan writes: "Sometimes I wish people would just hold off on their apologies. Mama's saying the right lines, and they feel genuine. But I just want a little more time to be angry. My hands still feel jittery from fear and fury but now I'm supposed to manage forgiveness. Or else I'm the monster." this was probably one of my favorite lines in the book. that's the sort of emotion and pain and strangling of your own anger that kids of manipulative parents experience in the real world, and i only wish i had seen more of it throughout the book. i wish i had seen her let that anger loose at some point. absolutely stunning. (hide spoiler)] cara also felt rather passive in the (view spoiler)[ lead up to xavier saying he believed her mother was making her sick. i felt like there were plenty of clues something was wrong from the readers perspective that cara never picked up on, yet xavier managed to piece them all together and draw the correct conclusion after just a few weeks of study sessions. it would've been much more satisfying to see the slow creep of dread in cara's mind, the suspicion and then denial of suspicion that her mother was doing something to her, with xavier being the clincher at the end that pushes cara toward an ultimate confrontation with her mother. (hide spoiler)] still, i very much enjoyed this read, especially the relationship between xavier and cara. i like that the author (view spoiler)[ made their relationship romantically ambiguous: focusing on their friendship while still hinting at romantic tension. (hide spoiler)] that's an approach to teenage relationships i don't really see in YA, but see all the time in the real world, and so was very nice to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    nat

    the chapters leading up to the end were really good and so was the ending

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    Cara Jean has been sick and isolated most of her life. Her mom leads a podcast called Wellness Warriors, but it's only when they meet the specialist Dr. Eric at a support group that type they set up a GoFundMe that takes off. Dr. Eric's open to alternative medicine, very expensive and exclusively makes house calls. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with the court case, or maybe because I read Darling Rose Gold last year, but I knew where this book was headed right away. But that didn't ruin my enj Cara Jean has been sick and isolated most of her life. Her mom leads a podcast called Wellness Warriors, but it's only when they meet the specialist Dr. Eric at a support group that type they set up a GoFundMe that takes off. Dr. Eric's open to alternative medicine, very expensive and exclusively makes house calls. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with the court case, or maybe because I read Darling Rose Gold last year, but I knew where this book was headed right away. But that didn't ruin my enjoyment of it. Instead, I was interested to see when Cara would figure out and how she'd break free. Thank you to Scholastic for the advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carlie C

    Despite my rating, which appears low, I didn't hate this book. I just didn't love it either. This book was already a bit of a gamble because it's not really the type of book that I would reach for or choose to pick up, so I actually ended up liking this book more than I had anticipated I would. It got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I ended up reading it rather quickly. When it came to the characters, I cared a little about them, but I never got fully invested in their story. I like did Despite my rating, which appears low, I didn't hate this book. I just didn't love it either. This book was already a bit of a gamble because it's not really the type of book that I would reach for or choose to pick up, so I actually ended up liking this book more than I had anticipated I would. It got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I ended up reading it rather quickly. When it came to the characters, I cared a little about them, but I never got fully invested in their story. I like didn't try to curse them or anything, and I was happy for them when good things happened, but I wasn't weeping or on edge when it came to anything they were doing. I did like watching Cara become more independent, and seeing her grow into herself. The plot was decent, and I didn't hate any of the choices that the author made. However, basically from the very beginning, I knew the direction that this book was going to go in. This may be because I have heard of other cases like this one before, but it wasn't all that hard to see what was happening. This was slightly disappointing, but I still liked getting to see how everything played out. There wasn't any cursing in this book, and there wasn't really any violence. There also wasn't any sexual content. Therefore, this book isn't really inappropriate for a reader that is on the older end of the middle-grade age range. It is honestly pretty dark and there is a huge psychological aspect that may be a little hard for a younger reader to understand. I do think that this book is more geared towards YA readers, but I don't think it's out of the question for a slightly younger reader to pick up this book. I can't say that I recommend this book, or if I did try to recommend it to someone I would want to know their reading tastes first. I also think that while I didn't love this book there are definitely many people who I think would really enjoy it. This was my first experience with this author and after reading this book I am open to picking up more from this author in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ⚡Mare Barrow⚡ The Little Lightning Girl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I figured out the plot twist. My friends were staring at me because I was reading a started dancing in my seat. I was so happy to be able to figure out the plot because it reminded me of what happened in another book I recently read. Don't you love when you figure out the plot or the twist before the book tells you? I find it to be the best thing ever!! 😁 This is an amazing book. It talks about a real life illness. Munchausen By Proxy. Munchausen By Proxy is when a child is told that they are I figured out the plot twist. My friends were staring at me because I was reading a started dancing in my seat. I was so happy to be able to figure out the plot because it reminded me of what happened in another book I recently read. Don't you love when you figure out the plot or the twist before the book tells you? I find it to be the best thing ever!! 😁 This is an amazing book. It talks about a real life illness. Munchausen By Proxy. Munchausen By Proxy is when a child is told that they are sick by a parent. The parent makes the kid sick to get attention or to get money. If you want more info on this topic look it up online. If you read this book and what is happening to Cara is something you think is happening to you or to someone you know, say something. Tell an adult or some else that you trust. You could be saving yourself or someone you know from Munchausen By Proxy and what is happening to them Okay now to the review. I found this book to written so wonderfully. It leaves you in suspense through the whole book. What is wrong with Cara? Why is she sick? Where is her dad? I still have questions after I finished the book but I'll talk about that later. I love how the book is written not from the side characters or the mom view but from the child experiencing this. I love the characters and the way they are written. The whole book is so good. I might read another book by this author. I truly and really recommended that you find this book, pick it up and read it. Questions I still have that might keep me up all night trying to answer them: Will they find Dr. Eric? What will happen to her Mom? What is happening between Cara and Xavier? Will she meet her dad? If anyone knows PLEASE tell me. Hope you liked my review! Mia/Mare Barrow

  10. 4 out of 5

    WKPL Children's/YA Books

    Miss Lori gives this book a 4.5....and only because I knew what was going on (or very strongly suspected) early in the book! I had to put the book down several times during the intense conversations between mother and daughter in the book (actually they dialogues, as the MC didn't really respond). The daughter is only 14 and totally dependent upon her mother for her care and socialization. No friends and severe health issues keep Cara (MC) stuck at home unable to do schoolwork and her mother fav Miss Lori gives this book a 4.5....and only because I knew what was going on (or very strongly suspected) early in the book! I had to put the book down several times during the intense conversations between mother and daughter in the book (actually they dialogues, as the MC didn't really respond). The daughter is only 14 and totally dependent upon her mother for her care and socialization. No friends and severe health issues keep Cara (MC) stuck at home unable to do schoolwork and her mother favors alternative health care after having health issues herself as a child. She refuses to allow Cara to go to hospital/medical facility for care, opting instead for a "Dr." she met at a support group. Cara makes a "friend" in her tutor and the two begin to question why she is so sick and not able to feel ANY better with the treatment she has been receiving from the doctor. While our health care in this country does need fixing and there ARE doctors that aren't always out for the best care of their patients, we are very lucky to have caring, dedicated healthcare professionals who work miracles everyday!! I would recommend this book to junior high aged kids through adults!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Proano

    I came into this book with high hopes. And what a letdown!! I mean no offense to the author or fans but really, there was just so much wrong with it. Cara's mom was annoying, and I don't know if the vibe the author was going was creepy and possessive, but she just failed on so many levels. (I'm sorry, Eireann Corrigan). Cara herself felt useless, and it was hard to relate to her. Dr. Eric screamed sketchy, and just fell flat. The only character I felt was good was Xavier. He was a nerd (like me) I came into this book with high hopes. And what a letdown!! I mean no offense to the author or fans but really, there was just so much wrong with it. Cara's mom was annoying, and I don't know if the vibe the author was going was creepy and possessive, but she just failed on so many levels. (I'm sorry, Eireann Corrigan). Cara herself felt useless, and it was hard to relate to her. Dr. Eric screamed sketchy, and just fell flat. The only character I felt was good was Xavier. He was a nerd (like me) and was so sweet and genuine. Now, for the book. The concept itself was great, to have the mother have munchausen syndrome, but it just fell flat. The book was dragged on WAY too long, and when Cara (finally) discovered that her mother was lying to her about her health, the ending was very quick, and there was no real climatic part. I HATED Cara's mom, and everytime see said something about 'bureaucrats harassing Cara', I wanted to punch the wall. (I nearly did). So, to wrap this up, just no...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    Cara Jean is always sick and her mother is always trying to make her feel better. At least that’s how it starts out. But Cara doesn’t get better and her mother isn’t necessarily curing her. While I figured out what was happening by the time I’d finished half the book, Eireann Corrigan weaves a chilling, somewhat scary tale and provides clever solutions. You’ll spend time yelling at the main character and rooting for her survival. Thank goodness her tutor and new BFF has his act together and can s Cara Jean is always sick and her mother is always trying to make her feel better. At least that’s how it starts out. But Cara doesn’t get better and her mother isn’t necessarily curing her. While I figured out what was happening by the time I’d finished half the book, Eireann Corrigan weaves a chilling, somewhat scary tale and provides clever solutions. You’ll spend time yelling at the main character and rooting for her survival. Thank goodness her tutor and new BFF has his act together and can see beyond the “facts.” Read this one with your teenager. It’s definitely a cautionary tale. Thanks to the BookLoft of German Village (Columbus, OH) http://www.bookloft.com for an ARC to read and review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scottie

    This was a book you'll read in a few gulps - you want to make sure our main character figures her way out of danger. There is tension all the way to the end. First, it's a creepy sense of somethings-not-right and then Cara starts to see all that's wrong for herself and needs to act. Books on this topic are always interesting to me (no spoilers!) and I really appreciated how the author didn't resort to the more tired tropes - making it more realistic and believable. Cara is a girl you want to be This was a book you'll read in a few gulps - you want to make sure our main character figures her way out of danger. There is tension all the way to the end. First, it's a creepy sense of somethings-not-right and then Cara starts to see all that's wrong for herself and needs to act. Books on this topic are always interesting to me (no spoilers!) and I really appreciated how the author didn't resort to the more tired tropes - making it more realistic and believable. Cara is a girl you want to be friends with, who you root for. It's no surprise she finds good people along the way to help her out, and I really liked all the side characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sassafras

    The characters are exceptionally well-drawn and as we experience Cara’s illness through Cara’s point of view, she comes to be in the world more and more and we want her to be well, for her sake as well as her community. The tension of the story built nicely and when Cara finds the remedy for what’s making her sick, the reader is relieved and confident that Cara can take on the next challenges in her life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Ashby

    Like a Lifetime movie in novel form - the kind of story that feels like a glimpse into a dangerous world from a safe distance. I was sure I knew what was happening early on but Corrigan kept me waiting an excruciatingly, deliciously long time for confirmation. I wish there had been a firm resolution about Dr. Eric but other than that, I could not have devoured this book more quickly and happily.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    What is the mystery behind why Cara is so sick? Why is her mother extremely overprotective? Why isn't her father in the picture? Why have they moved several times? These questions and more are answered in this suspenseful horror/realistic fiction novel. Readers will be rooting for Cara to solve the medical mystery. What is the mystery behind why Cara is so sick? Why is her mother extremely overprotective? Why isn't her father in the picture? Why have they moved several times? These questions and more are answered in this suspenseful horror/realistic fiction novel. Readers will be rooting for Cara to solve the medical mystery.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Tarleton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot of Cara being sick kind of drug on longer than it should I believe but the story plot was good and finally revealed whether she was really sick or not. I suspected it the whole time but I think the plot unraveled nicely despite her being sick for basically the whole book. I wish the ending gave more details to how she is after not being sick!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve Ward

    This is an intense book of intrigue and medical mystery that I found hard to put down. The author does an excellent job of crafting a plot line that is compelling and characters that you either will love or hate. As I followed the terrible story of all that this young girl dealt with I could only feel sadness for her. But as she explored her options later in the book it was inspiring to have her fight back against all odds. The latter part of the book is quite troubling as to the source of her m This is an intense book of intrigue and medical mystery that I found hard to put down. The author does an excellent job of crafting a plot line that is compelling and characters that you either will love or hate. As I followed the terrible story of all that this young girl dealt with I could only feel sadness for her. But as she explored her options later in the book it was inspiring to have her fight back against all odds. The latter part of the book is quite troubling as to the source of her medical challenges so I would recommend readers be at least a teenager or older to tackle what could be an emotional reading experience for some younger readers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Cara is always sick - strangely sick - but still tries to soldier through school. This was an excellent thriller YA! I've read stories like this before so I knew going in what was happening (no spoilers) and I really enjoyed Cara's slow realizations of what was up, helped along with a first friend who is a science geek. This is a great popcorn medical drama read. Cara is always sick - strangely sick - but still tries to soldier through school. This was an excellent thriller YA! I've read stories like this before so I knew going in what was happening (no spoilers) and I really enjoyed Cara's slow realizations of what was up, helped along with a first friend who is a science geek. This is a great popcorn medical drama read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meepspeeps

    I read this like a good mystery with a strong female young teen at the center. The author presents the limitations each character has - no over-the-top goodness nor evil. I cared about the connections Cara made and rooted for positive outcomes for each one. It’s a good family read-and-discuss book for about 4th grade and up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    This book was really good. If you know anything about the Gypsy case then you will recognize a lot of things that happen in this book. It definitely reads like a YA novel (which it is one and it isn’t a bad thing) and isn’t as dark as the case I mentioned. I’m sure there are a lot of books like this out there but I still really enjoyed reading this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Exciting, suspenseful, thrilling and well written. I HIGHLY recommend!! I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of hours. Even though I could already tell going into the novel what the 'secret' would be (view spoiler)[ Munchausen by Proxy (hide spoiler)] it didn't take away from my enjoy whatsoever as their protagonist has to discover this for herself. Exciting, suspenseful, thrilling and well written. I HIGHLY recommend!! I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of hours. Even though I could already tell going into the novel what the 'secret' would be (view spoiler)[ Munchausen by Proxy (hide spoiler)] it didn't take away from my enjoy whatsoever as their protagonist has to discover this for herself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    I enjoyed this one. It was obvious to the reader what was going on, and though at first I was a little frustrated that it took the main character so long to figure it out, it made more sense when I reminded myself that she was only 14 years old and had not known anything different her entire life. I am always more than a little fascinated by this subject, as I just cannot fathom it as a mother!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    Really good stuff here. Eireann draws the reader in right from the beginning. I suspected what was going to happen, but I enjoyed the sense of not knowing who was the reliable character. Really enjoyed how fleshed out the secondary characters were, too. Definitely a can’t-put-it-down-til-it’s-over book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    The thought process and the dialogue of the main character Cara is so witty and entertaining, even while living through a nightmare! I will recommend this to many students. Also I have already checked out another book by Eireann Corrigan! I really enjoyed her writting!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane Garner

    Will give you the feels. From the beginning I knew exactly what was going on. I didn't ruin it for me what's the weather. I read Creep by the same author and I had to have to stay that she is a great storyteller. Will give you the feels. From the beginning I knew exactly what was going on. I didn't ruin it for me what's the weather. I read Creep by the same author and I had to have to stay that she is a great storyteller.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shara

    The story is powerful, I like how it was presented. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This was an interesting read. Makes me want to check on every sick person. I hope more people will take the time to read this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Sims

    Really, really liked this one. Corrigan writes a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles Morris

    In this mystery Eireann Corrigan will make you turn every page to see if there'll ever be a remedy for Cara's sickness. In this mystery Eireann Corrigan will make you turn every page to see if there'll ever be a remedy for Cara's sickness.

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