Signed Editions: Mine by Susi Fox
Someone’s stolen your baby. But no one believes you.
You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, desperate to see your child. And when you are shown the small infant in the nursery, a terrible thought takes root: this baby is not your baby. But no one believes you. Not the nurses, your father or even your own husband.
Susi Fox, a GP in regional Victoria has deftly captured every parent’s worst nightmare in her stunning debut thriller, Mine. Inspired by a nightmare she had herself, Fox has drawn on her experience as a doctor and mother to tell the story of Sasha; a woman who is adamant her newborn child is not hers.
While it is not often talked about, it is a myth that all women fall in love with their babies immediately at birth. Research shows that many women take time to bond with their babies and this is neither unusual, nor pathological. Of course, women – and men – rarely admit to these feelings in a public sphere due to associated stigma.
We also know that women’s pain in Emergency Departments is often not treated as quickly or as aggressively as that of men. Similarly, women’s symptoms are more readily dismissed, their stories unheard and patients’ instincts can be ignored by medical professionals.
Fox has tapped into this theme of women not being believed, accompanied with the common post-natal fear of not bonding with one’s child and crafted a claustrophobic and unstoppable thriller.
A compelling and chilling psychological drama, Mine announces a powerful new voice in Australian writing
Susi Fox is a writer and GP in regional Victoria, Australia, who is currently completing her Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. She received a 2015 Varuna Fellowship and was a participant in the 2015 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Mine is her first novel.