‘Phantom Limb’ by Lucinda Berry
Finished on February 22, 2019
Twins, Emily and Elizabeth, had a terrible early childhood. Their mother was an abusive drunk who subjected them to horrible abuse. Their lives change for the better, though, when they’re rescued and adopted into a loving family.
Elizabeth copes better than her sister with the trauma of their past. Emily routinely falls into deep depressions, and she self-injures. Elizabeth does everything she can to try and help her twin, even to the detriment of her happiness.
When Elizabeth wakes up strapped to a hospital bed in a psychiatric ward, she must delve deep into their childhoods, Emily mental illness, and her part in it all. She’s forced to relive things she spent years repressing, and the truth will shake the foundations of her world forever.
This book deals heavily with self-harm, suicide, child abuse, and sexual abuse, so reader beware.
‘Phantom Limb’ is a tragic tale of two sisters who suffered unthinkable abuse. They made it through because they had each other, but their unbreakable bond turns out to be more harmful than good.
I like Berry’s writing style. It’s easy to read, and it’s easy to get absorbed in her tales. This book, though, was entirely too predictable for me. I saw the twist coming from a million miles away, and that was disappointing.
The real star of this story is Rose, an anorexic girl in the hospital with Elizabeth. She was charming and funny. It was easier to feel sympathetic to her than it was with Elizabeth.
I don’t know why this is classified as a thriller. It’s not. It’s more of a study of mental illness and trauma. The most substantial part of the story takes place in the hospital, and nothing is thrilling about a stay in the psych ward.
I had high hopes for this book, but it fell flat for me. Perhaps, it’ll be a better fit for you than me.