Worst night­mare sce­nario

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - BOOKS - MAR­GARET MAD­DEN

an­other way: “The pub­lic loved to ex­press an opin­ion – never more so than on the in­ter­net – and right now, the full force of those pri­mar­ily neg­a­tive opin­ions was head­ing di­rectly her way”. The two women find them­selves em­broiled in a le­gal bat­tle which seeks to as­sign blame. The me­dia are hav­ing a field day with sym­pa­thy lean­ing to­ward Kate and Rosie while Madeleine and Tom are not be­ing af­forded the same re­spect: “It wasn’t just her and Tom’s de­ci­sion on vac­ci­na­tion that was on trial here — it was their par­ent­ing”.

Kate is homely, med­i­cally trained and deal­ing with the long-term ef­fects of her daugh­ter’s ill­ness; Madeleine – wealthy and me­dia-savvy, is judged more for her per­son­al­ity than for her de­ci­sion. Told from both moth­ers’ per­spec­tives, Keep You Safe is both as­tute and di­vi­sive and Hill (pic­tured left) has ad­dressed the vac­cine de­bate in a fic­tional tale of fear, judgement and choice. A top­i­cal, timely read.

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