Thursday, 26 April 2018

Review: Mine by Susi Fox

MineThe baby in the nursery is not your baby.
Waking up after an emergency caesarean, you demand to see your son.
But it's someone else's child.
No one believes you - not the hospital, not your father, not your loyal husband.
They say you're delusional. Dangerous.
They suspect you want to steal another baby.
All you know is that you must find your own child before he's out of reach forever.
And you're a doctor - you would know if you were losing your mind.
Right?

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars

This story opens with Sasha waking up after the birth of her baby via emergency caesarean. She discovers that she gave birth to a baby boy despite being told she was expecting a girl. When the midwife calls her by the wrong name she cant help but think that perhaps there has been more mistakes and maybe just maybe she gave birth to a baby boy after all. A feeling that intensifies when she is taken to meet the baby everyone says is hers but she feels no connection to. 

I'm a little unsure about how this would play out in real life, how quickly steps would be taken. I'd like to think that Dr's and nurses would be a little more understanding of the situation. I imagine its fairly natural for a mother to feel a little disassociation between her and her baby when the birth is under similar situations as Sasha's, and I felt Sasha was mistreated, in the sense they quickly declared her to be suffering from postnatal psychosis and rushed to treat her accordingly. However as the story progressed and we learned more about her past, her relationship with her absent mother, information the dr's had but she didn't, I began to realise there were other reasons behind their diagnosis. And the more we learned the more I too began to think she was wrong... 

My only issue with this story was the ending, I felt like everything was rushed, almost as though the author had a limited amount of words to use and not enough to give the ending it deserved. 

This is the first novel Fox has written, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.