Nov 25, 2020
Phantom Limb
Posted by Lucinda Berry

Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.But there s some horrors love can t erase Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak The last thing she remembers is finding EmilEmily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.But there s some horrors love can t erase Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak The last thing she remembers is finding Emily s body in their bathroom Days before, she was falling in love and starting college Now, she s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she s worked so hard to forget the beatings, the blood, the special friends Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it s too late.Phantom Limb is a character driven mystery that begs to be read in a single setting.

  • Title: Phantom Limb
  • Author: Lucinda Berry
  • ISBN: 9781541034952
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Phantom Limb Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their

    Linda Strong

    Elizabeth and Emily Rooth are identical twins They survived their terrible childhood by leaning on each other The girls spent their days.d sometimes nights locked in a bedroom by a mother who might disappear for days And then mom started bringing home male friends who would spend time with the girls An accidental fire in their apartment led the girls to a family that loved them and adopted them.There are some horrors that can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.Bethy and Emily are now [...]


    ReadAlong With Sue

    Elizabeth and Emily are identical twins, most twins have a close relationship, but these two sisters really have no choice with a Mother like they have.She mistreats them in all kinds of ways.They learn to lean on each other for their needs Then their mother begins to bring home men friends which pose dangers for the twins There was an accidental fire within they re home which lead the children to be adopted by a loving family who fell in love with the twins.This of course doesn t mend the emot [...]


    Amy

    All of my reviews can be found on novelgossip4.5 5I read another book by Berry a few months back, Missing Parts and while I enjoyed that one, I liked this one even From the blurb alone I was hooked, I always like reading about the relationship between twins and combine that with holes in one of the characters memories and a dark past and I m jumping in feet first I will be saying very little about the plot with this one, but there were some killer twists that jarred me Elizabeth wakes up in a h [...]


    The Book Review Café

    All my reviews can be found at http thebookreviewcafeWhen I picked up Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry I didn t have any preconceived thoughts about this book as the author was a new one to me, it was the book description that enticed me to pick this one up, I m always drawn to books that explore the human psyche and Phantom Limb explores the very subject with both empathy and understanding I expected a psychological thriller with twists and turns and bucketfuls of suspense, but what I never expect [...]


    Kristina

    Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry is the story of Elizabeth and Emily Rooth Emily and Elizabeth are twenty years old and identical twins They had an extremely difficult childhood with an abusive cruel, depraved mother The twins were lucky enough to be adopted when they are eight by Dalila and Bob Rooth they are patient and loving people After graduating from high school, the pair moved into their own apartment Elizabeth is attending a local college on scholarship and works as a telemarketer because [...]


    Jolie

    Ever read a book that keeps you up at night because not only was it an incredibly hard read but it made you think Well Phantom Limb is such a book and I was up for a couple of hours after I finished it, thinking about what I just read and mentally trying to form my thought into a review.When I say this book wasn t easy to read, it wasn t There are very graphic scenes of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, cutting and suicide I actually cringed during the scenes where Elizabeth was helping Emi [...]


    Margie 'CSR' Fite

    I am in awwww over this book, over this AMAZING AUTHOR I wish I could give stars for Lucinda Berry this was my 1st book I have read from her This book is INCREDIBLE, the writing was amazing, i absolutely soaked it up like a sponge I began this book in the afternoon didn t finish until bedtime I couldn t stop talking about it Thriller beyond words mystery, so much I am going to remind the readers, THIS BOOK IS FICTIONAL regardless if the author has researched any of the issues in the book, or m [...]


    Brandi Aga

    Phantom Limb is my first novel by Lucinda Holy cow How is this my first time reading this author Where has she been all my life The story starts out with a set of twins, Emily and Elizabeth, living their everyday life One of them has a very difficult time coping while the other continues to work and even has a man in her life As the story progresses we learn about all the hard things they were forced to face as small children A lot of it is very hard to read Down right disturbing All of the horr [...]


    Eva

    I didn t really know what to expect from this book, so I was totally unprepared for the heartbreaking tale that was thrown at me In some ways, it was disturbing to me than a psychological thriller full of detailed and horrendous murders.Elizabeth finds herself in hospital after the death of her twin sister If she wants to leave and find a way to move on with her life, she will have to dig deep and face her past And it s that past that s utterly uncomfortable to read about as it touches on theme [...]


    March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room

    Review PHANTOM LIMB by Lucinda BarryPHANTOM LIMB is a psychological suspense novel focusing on a set of emotionally intertwined twins Elizabeth and Emily had a totally horrendous early childhood, offspring of a mother absent emotionally and physically, both neglectful and abusive Although the author doesn t detail specifics, enough is revealed to make it clear that the twins suffered terribly By age seven, when rescue finally occurred, the damage was permanent As adults, both twins still suffer [...]


    Ingstje

    Elizabeth s story is written so eloquently it was hard to imagine sometimes that Phantom Limb is in fact a work of fiction The story was mesmerising and the true beauty of this novel most definitely lies in the ability of Ms Berry to write a story that felt like I was reading a true story A story about self discovery and tragedy with a protagonist who feels like she s a normal and ordinary person until we delve deeper into her past and the author peels away the layers of her nondescript life one [...]


    Kristi Elizabeth

    Read all my reviews at brainfartsandbooks.wordpressEmily and Elizabeth are twins born to an abusive mother who leaves them home alone without food and water, without a bathroom, and without any supervision of any kind until they accidentally burn their apartment down They are then adopted by a loving couple, finish high school, and move into their own apartment Elizabeth, being the stable one in college and with a job, and Emily, the introverted twin who refuses to leave their apartment and has [...]


    Katie

    I was gripped by Phantom Limb within the first chapter and this book did not disappoint It was fast, gripping and shocking Emily and Elizabeth are twins and they grew up with a horrible mother who abused them, neglected them and allowed strange men to come in and do things to them This changed at age 8 when there was an accidental fire and the twins got adopted by the Rooths Many years later Emily and Elizabeth are living together but Emily is struggling with depression and self harm One evening [...]


    Megan

    Identical twins Emily and Elizabeth have been inseparable since birth, and that bond was further cemented by the horrific conditions in which they were raised Now young adults, Emily is an emotional wreck while Elizabeth does her best to hold it all together But then she loses Emily, and she just can t cope any This book was absolutely stunning in its depth I felt like I d fallen down a rabbit hole as I read of Elizabeth s journey through the loss of her sister and her road to recovery in a psyc [...]


    Kristin's Novel Cafe

    My Review 5 5My minor in college was psychology Even though it s been almost 20 years since I ve graduated wow, I m old , I still love studying abnormal psychology and various disorders that affect the brain When I was approached to receive a copy of this book I knew I had to read it This book is phenomenal I read it in a day I couldn t put it down It is gripping, and wonderfully written I was worn apart along with Elizabeth at the loss of her twin sister, the only person who was with her throug [...]


    Betty

    Emily and Elizabeth Rooth have deep psychological scars due the horrific abuse they suffered as very young children What could have been a tragedy becomes a rescue, allowing the girls to escape their hellish existence in their mother s home and be adopted by a loving couple Some wounds never fully heal, however, and the girls are unable to let themselves trust their new parents or anyone else with their secrets and fears, depending only on each other and dealing with their emotional pain as best [...]


    Debbi Villa

    Very flat The narrator never reveals a personality.


    Barb

    What a great book Twin sisters abused by their mother for 7 years until they were taken away from her and adopted by loving parents But then years later Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak She only remembers Emily dead Can t believe the end of the book, shocking.


    Tara

    Figured it out by Chapter 2, did a lot of skimming Meh DNF


    Lindsay

    One of the best books I have read this year.


    Sam (Clues and Reviews)

    Identical twins, Emily and Elizabeth, grew up with adoptive family after suffering serious abuse as children Now, as adults, Elizabeth finds herself constantly caring for her twin Emily participates in self harm and Elizabeth finds Emily on the floor of their bathroom, dead Waking up strapped down, unable to move or speak, Elizabeth finds herself in a hospital where everyone is saying Emily died two years prior As Elizabeth delves deeper into her past to uncover what happened to Emily, she is al [...]


    Jamie

    Just finished the book and am left with a big HUH Not a psychological thriller , there are just not many thrills here By chapter 3 it is pretty obvious where the author is going with this, but luckily you do not have to read all the way to the end to get there I was along for a ride that turned out to be very straight, even and slow First person perspective of a mentally ill protagonist probably should have had twists and turns than what came across view spoiler The big reveal in the last few p [...]


    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Identical twins, Emily and Elizabeth endure the wrath of their abusive mother who disappears, leaving them locked in a room with no food or water for days at a time After an accidental fire that essentially saves their lives, they are taken in by a family determined to love them Unfortunately, no amount of love and care can make them forget their childhood horrors and they continue to depend solely on each other to get through their day to day existence Then Elizabeth finds Emily in the bathroom [...]


    Lynn Perry

    Not A Thriller Per Se, But Does Have A Big Gasp Out Loud Moment As Well As A Twisted EndingThis book is really a psychological drama involving the treatment of a woman diagnosed with dissociative personality disorder, with large chunks of narrative devoted to discussing the dysfunctional and abusive early childhood she shared with her twin sister It is not a thriller in that the story does not generate any sustained level or excitement or anxiety about what is going to happen next, though it doe [...]


    Jessica

    Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry was a dark and twisted thriller Berry s background in childhood psychiatry and trauma really shines through in this book and it was so interesting to read this story with that kind of insight and expertise backing it up Twins, Elizabeth and Emily, have been through a life of trauma together A childhood where their mother locked them in a room with a bucket, starved them, and brought special friends to see the girls Their freedom all thanks to an accidental fire the [...]


    Wendy

    Review 4 5 I m not really sure where to start with this one I want to say that I did enjoy it It is an amazing plot line too but it lacked depth I started reading it and enjoyed it straight away It gripped me within the first chapter but as I read on I felt it was lacking depth to the story I found it hard to connect with the main characters because I felt there was no backstory within the chapters What was there was very brief and not detailed enough for what the storyline was about It is a ver [...]


    Vivian

    ke an amputee I was left with the excruciating phantom pain of being tortured by my lost limb How did Elizabeth and Emily survive their early years Years of suffering with an abusive mother bringing countless men to her little girls in order for them to play special games They had each other Except, Emily s self pity was suffocating Elizabeth was unable to have a normal life, even if she wanted to Adopted by their foster parents at seven They understand that the girls had wounds that love alone [...]


    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    3.5 STARSPsychological Yes Thriller Not really Not to say it isn t a good book, but I wouldn t put it in the thriller category It s a pretty brutal look at what happens to a person when they suffer extreme trauma at an early age parental neglect, starvation, sexual abuse Elizabeth is in a psychiatric facility after she tries to kill herself after her twin sister s death, and she has to come to grips with her history regain her memory of what happened to her sister To give too many details would [...]


    John

    I liked this book, but it enfolded into of a treatise on the mental health system and how a woman, who was a twin, but was actually taking on the identity of the other due to guilt, comes to full realization of her assumed identity All good, but I was expecting of a psychological thriller rather than a back and forth of the protagonist s struggle within the modern mental health system confronting others she perceives as disturbed as herself I figured out the twist way early, but the writer wa [...]


    Janel

    Oh my word, what twisted beauty did I just read If you haven t figured already, I loved this book The synopsis grabbed me as soon as I read it and I was glued to the mystery between the pages.From the very first pages, this story is intense and that intensity remains until the very last page After one of the most horrific starts in life, twins, Elizabeth and Emily have one of the closest bonds siblings can have one cannot exist without the other until Elizabeth is forced to.Set mainly in a psych [...]



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