Never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did. Literally felt like one of the jury and am not sure if I developed an opinion as to guilt or innocence. But truly 'could not put it down.' Very well written and paced. It caught different aspects of all the character's personalities and I thought showed how events can be turned and twisted into interpretations both on purpose and accidentally. Highly recommend this one!
I have read and re-read this book from cover to cover, and still do not know if Priscilla Phillips is truly guilty. Nancy Wright's descriptions of Priscilla and her family & friends do not lead us to an inescapable conclusion. This is excellently written and crafted, and rolls along at a much faster pace than most novels that involve court cases.
Fact: Pricilla and Steve Phillips adopt a Korean baby. Shortly afterwards little Tia begins developing strange symptom. In and out of the hospital for months, she finally succumbs..Cause of death": unknown.
Fact: The Phillipses adopt a second Korean infant named Mindy. Once again the same symptomes develop. Near death the child is taken to Intensive Care away from any interaction with her mother. The child recovers
Fact: Mindy is removed from the Phillipses home. Months later she is adopted by a new couple. After a few weeks in her new home she falls ill once again.
As far as anyone knew, Priscilla Phillips was the perfect mother. A pillar of her church, a social worker, a devoted wife and loving mother with 2 sons of her own. Priscilla lavished endless love and attention on little Tia and later on her sister Mindy. To this day she claims total innocence of any wrongdoing. Yet she was arrested and tried for murder. Was she a mother who literally loved her children to death? A woman so desperate to be needed that she would take any risk, pay any price? Here is her incredible true story.