While not the primary focus of the book, the novel does include a side-plot, revolving around McKenzie (Kenzie) O’Malley, a smart, resourceful, lesbian young adult, who works in a shelter for runaway teens escaping sexual discrimination.
There’s a focus on the Rainbow Railroad, and also the horrors of sexual conversion therapy, and Kenzie’s escape from such a facility.
DM Barr says about the project:
“The novel’s main plot, a middle-aged woman, whom everyone believes to be paranoid, and whose ‘cries’ go ignored, is an allegory for the struggle of the marginalised to be heard, and live life on their own terms”.
About the novel:
‘Grace Pierrepoint Rendell, the only child of an ailing billionaire, has been treated for paranoia since childhood. When she secretly quits her meds, she begins to suspect that once her father passes, her husband will murder her for her inheritance. Realising that no one will believe the ravings of a supposed psychotic, she devises a creative way to save herself—she will write herself out of danger, authoring a novel with the heroine in exactly the same circumstances, thus subtly exposing her husband’s scheme to the world.’
“A psychological thriller with more than enough twists, turns, and misdirection to keep even the most jaded reader turning pages all night long” – Lori Robbins, author of the Silver Falchion Award-winning novel, Lesson Plan for Murder