Summary from Goodreads
For readers who love issue-driven fiction, Melissa Hill has written a breakout novel exploring the “to vaccinate or not” debate and the tragic consequences of one mother’s decision on another.
Single mom Kate O’Donnell is living her worst nightmare. Her young daughter, Clara, who has a medical condition that doesn’t allow her to be vaccinated, becomes critically ill when one of her classmates, Lauren-whose family chose not to vaccinate-contracts and spreads the virus. While Lauren has no trouble recovering from the disease, Clara’s condition worsens. With time spent by her daughter’s bedside, Kate loses her job and slides deeper into medical debt. But when another school parent points the blame at Lauren’s mother, Lucy, and the media begins an attack, we see two very different views on parenting and how badly things can spin out of control when all either of these two women wanted was to keep their daughters safe.
10 Random Things about Keep You Safe
1. Rosie’s love for dinosaurs wolves etc was inspired by my own daughter’s obsession with all things fierce.
2. I’m also a huge dinosaur fan which is why I was delighted to slip a (subtle) reference to Jurassic Park into the story.
3. Christine’s yellow VW Beetles is a nod to my sister’s obsession with the car model.
4. Madeleine’s Helicopter Parents blog post was directly inspired by my own uncertainty on my first trip to the playground with my daughter.
5. The Jo Malone bath oil Lucy leaves at Kate’s house for her bubble bath is also my own personal fave for relaxing.
6. I’m also a big fan of the actor Henry Cavill, which is why I made Declan, the solicitor, bear a strong resemblance to him.
7. The social media backlash aimed at Madeleine was my favourite part of the novel to write – and scarily easy to imagine!
8. The Coopers’ kayaking experience actually happened to my family while on a trip to Clearwater – we came across a family of jumping dolphins while out on the water.
9. Like Madeleine, I contracted measles and rubella as a young child.
10. Unlike some of the judgemental/interfering parents in the novel, those at my daughter’s school are great fun and very friendly!
Melissa Hill, 2017.