Book: Her Good Girl by Elaine Stockcategories: Book, Christian Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Mental Illness, Family, Faith, Young Adult, Women's Fiction, Contemporary Literary, Coming of Age
Elaine Stockabout this book: The premise of Her Good Girl came to mind with this single question: What happens to a family when the hurt gets so bad that an outsider decides to take things into his own hands and it may not be for the better?
In Her Good Girl, centers on Sadie, a girl on the cusp of becoming a woman. Her life revolves around her mother's abusive Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MBP) until Sadie discovers a way out... or is it an escape to something deeper and worse by the hands of someone else?
This is what I wrote in the "Author's Note" section of Her Good Girl:
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.
While my mother didn't suffer from MBP, she was controlled by the terrors of paranoid schizophrenia (I touched upon this as well in Her Good Girl, although, again, it was not autobiographical). I didn't know about my mother's condition until I turned 18 and she was first diagnosed at that time. However, what I did know during my childhood was that this was my family's "normal." Yet, it still didn't feel right.
I wanted to rise above this emotional feeling that felt like a trap.
Actually, God and I clicked when I was six (that's as far back as I can remember His grasp on me). But, it wasn't until I was baptized into the Christian faith in my early 20s did I start feeling as if I was indeed beginning to rise above my circumstances.
Without Him, my life would be empty and meaningless.
Now, I feel as if I have a future to look forward to. All my novels will not necessarily be reflective of mental illness, but I hope my readers will see in Her Good Girl that by holding God's hands tightly a family can heal and one can move forward, can live. Or, as one of the major themes of the novel emphasizes: Sometimes digging deep frees you to bloom.
From Amazon Reviewers:
This book captured me in the first chapter - it's a story of a girl caught up in the tangled web of abuse, mental illness .. and the power of both faith and love to heal.
A riveting book, though not one you can skim through. Stock has done her homework and presents a well-researched story that informs as well as entertains.
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.
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