Book Review: Six Weeks To Live by Catherine McKenzie

Title: Six Weeks To Live

Author: Catherine McKenzie

Page Count: 384

Publication Date: 5/4/2021

Rating: 3/5 stars

Thanks NetGalley for giving me a digital ARC of Six Weeks to Live in exchange for an honest review.

The thing about a book description is that it’s a huge selling point unless you’ve judged a book by its cover (guilty). So when a book is described as a “gripping psychological suspense,” that’s exactly what I expect to read.

It took me about a quarter of a way through the book to realize Six Weeks to Live was not going to be the thriller I would consider gripping, which was fine because it was intriguing and original enough to see to the end.

Jennifer, a 48-year-old mother of triplets in their mid-twenties finds out she has a rare form of brain cancer and about six weeks to live. With time ticking away, she focuses on Jake, her estranged husband that she believes poisoned her.

It’s a wild accusation, but she thinks there’s enough motive to make it plausible. While she spends her last days trying to prove Jake is behind her terminal cancer, her three very different daughters are coming to terms with the situation and their unique past amidst the chaos.

I fully expected a psychological medical thriller going into this. I wanted heart-pounding moments in this race against time for answers. I was hoping for answers that lead to bigger questions and a show-stopping conclusion.

Instead, I got a contemporary fiction with a dash of suspense. The story focused heavily on how the characters choose to remember their past and how the past shapes their present decisions. By far, the most interesting characters were the triplets, Emily, Miranda, and Aline; despite their identical upbringing, they couldn’t be more different if they tried. Their handling of their mother’s illness breathed life into what would have been a pretty dull story without them.

Unfortunately, nothing about this book blew me away which sucks because that’s pretty much what I expect from every great thriller. And sure, I didn’t see the end coming, but it was pretty mid, not the kind of ending that left me thinking and second guessing after turning the last page.

I had high hopes for this book, which is why I am slightly disappointed. I don’t wanna dissuade anyone from reading it. I just suggest going into it with an open mind and adjusted expectations.

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