|The Perfect Mother
would you do if the love you felt for your child
was turned against
When Catriona’s eight-year-old daughter falls
ill, she does everything in her power to make her well
again, only to find that the doctors suspect her of
causing the illness herself.
“Margaret Leroy writes like a dream. (The Perfect Mother) is a thriller, a reflection on the nature
of parenting and a love story that is all the more
moving because it is about the love between a mother
and her child. Gripping, disturbing and moving, (The Perfect Mother) goes straight to the heart – nobody
writes with more tenderness about the bond between
parent and child than Margaret Leroy.”
My younger daughter had been ill for two years when
I started to write The Perfect Mother. Like Catriona
in the book, I was told by the local paediatrician
that my daughter’s problem was psychological,
and that I was a difficult mother because I kept interrupting
and speaking for my child. That experience was the
seed from which the book grew.
Published by Mira, London, in February 2010.