Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.
But there’s some horrors love can’t erase…
Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily’s body in their bathroom. Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she’s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.
As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily’s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she’s worked so hard to forget—the beatings, the blood, the special friends. Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it’s too late.
Loved this book! It’s obvious that Lucinda Berry uses her expert knowledge in the field of trauma psychology to create truly raw and compelling stories about characters that readers can easily bond with.
This story started as a disturbing account and flashback of two twin girls that suffered severe neglect. Elizabeth describes the unbreakable bond that she and her twin Emily have. When Elizabeth realized that her current state of mind wasn’t one rooted in reality, she begins to spiral out of control. But, will she find a way to deal with it and begin to heal?
Although this story won’t be for the faint at heart, readers who enjoyed “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn, will surely be enthralled by Lucinda Berry’s book, “Phantom Limb”.
Dr. Lucinda Berry is a trauma psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. She uses her clinical experience to create disturbing psychological thrillers, blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking fans on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche. If she’s not chasing her eight-year-old son around, you can find her running the streets of Los Angeles prepping for her next marathon.
Kate Marcin is an audiobook narrator and voiceover artist who has trained with numerous voice coaches and studied Spanish and theatre at the University of Vermont. When not narrating, she enjoys working with her husband to develop an audio guide to Big Sur, California.