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A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone poisoned her before her time is up Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live. While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decid A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone poisoned her before her time is up Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live. While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good. Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recently had to move back home, is being unusually solicitous. But with her daughters doubting her campaign against their father, Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head—or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.


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A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone poisoned her before her time is up Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live. While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decid A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone poisoned her before her time is up Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live. While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good. Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recently had to move back home, is being unusually solicitous. But with her daughters doubting her campaign against their father, Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head—or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.

30 review for Six Weeks to Live

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    Jennifer is a 48-year old mother to triplets, with twin grandsons. After a series of episodes leads her to a doctor’s appointment, she finds out that she has a brain tumor. It’s terminal, and she only has approximately six weeks to live. When Jennifer reviews her medical records, she sees that she had a high amount of lead in her blood a year ago during her last appointment. She is convinced that someone was trying to kill her a year ago, and that is the reason for her terminal brain tumor. The o Jennifer is a 48-year old mother to triplets, with twin grandsons. After a series of episodes leads her to a doctor’s appointment, she finds out that she has a brain tumor. It’s terminal, and she only has approximately six weeks to live. When Jennifer reviews her medical records, she sees that she had a high amount of lead in her blood a year ago during her last appointment. She is convinced that someone was trying to kill her a year ago, and that is the reason for her terminal brain tumor. The only person she could imagine doing that is her husband, Jake, whom she is separated from. Could he really have done that to Jennifer? Her daughters don’t think so, but she determines to find out before it’s too late. I went into this one thinking it would be a psychological thriller, but it’s more of a domestic drama with suspense sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed it, but at no time was I blown away. The story is told from the POVs of Jennifer and her three daughters, and author Catherine McKenzie does a phenomenal job of giving each of them their own, distinct voice. I am a HUGE fan of this author, having loved everything I’ve read of hers. My expectations were maybe a bit too high. The pace is steady, but never really ramps up. The revelations, while interesting, never really shocked me. I do expect a lot of people will enjoy this one more than I did, so please check out other reviews as well. As for me, I will anxiously await McKenzie’s next release. As for this book, it may not take much longer than six weeks for me to forget. One last thought: Jennifer’s daughters use the word fork instead of the F-bomb. “What the fork?” “Are you forking kidding me?” After about 20 times, I was about ready to stick a fork in it. 3.5 stars Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on 5/4/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    I had such high hopes for this book. I love this author, and the premise sounded so good. But it just didn’t work (for me)…at all. Jennifer just got the dreaded news. She is dying from cancer. A glioblastoma. One of the most aggressive of all Cancers. She is given six weeks to live. During this office visit with her doctor (a primary care physician – not an Oncologist or a Neurosurgeon) she discovers her levels of lead in her system are high. Jennifer believes she was poisoned…which may have led t I had such high hopes for this book. I love this author, and the premise sounded so good. But it just didn’t work (for me)…at all. Jennifer just got the dreaded news. She is dying from cancer. A glioblastoma. One of the most aggressive of all Cancers. She is given six weeks to live. During this office visit with her doctor (a primary care physician – not an Oncologist or a Neurosurgeon) she discovers her levels of lead in her system are high. Jennifer believes she was poisoned…which may have led to her brain tumor. In fact, Jennifer is more focused on finding who poisoned her than on the fact she is dying. Hmmm🤷🏻‍♀️ Ok, here is my mini-rant on why I lacked a connection with this book: ✅I am an RN who works with patients with Glioblastomas every day. The portrayal of her symptoms and supposed decline were far from accurate. ✅The countdown to her death Six Weeks To Live was ludicrous. Nobody has a crystal ball and dies on an exact date given by a physician. ✅ Also, every character in this book was unlikable. Including Jennifer herself. There are many positive reviews out there. So I am sure I am an outlier island. I was just the wrong reader for this book!🙋🏻‍♀️ A buddy read with Susanne. Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Are you fan of classic black and white thriller movies like me? Did you watch D. O. A. ( 1949)? It’s a story of a man named Frank Bigelow who has been poisoned and he has only few days to live! Clock is ticking and he has to find the perpetrator who commit this crime and the reason behind it! There’s also remake on the movie which was shot on 1988, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan were the leading actors. But I truly recommend the original movie! This book’s plot line is reminding me of that movie. Bu Are you fan of classic black and white thriller movies like me? Did you watch D. O. A. ( 1949)? It’s a story of a man named Frank Bigelow who has been poisoned and he has only few days to live! Clock is ticking and he has to find the perpetrator who commit this crime and the reason behind it! There’s also remake on the movie which was shot on 1988, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan were the leading actors. But I truly recommend the original movie! This book’s plot line is reminding me of that movie. But of course the genre of the book is not action packed thriller. This is mostly emotional, intense family drama meets mystery and domestic thriller. It opens with Jennifer’s appointment at the hospital. Her doctor gives him the worst news of her life: she has glioblastoma in her brain: a grade 4 cancer. But this is not even the worst part. She has only six to eight weeks to live and her disease is incurable. They’re too late to diagnose it! How could it be possible? She is not ready to leave behind her adult triplet daughters and her twin grandsons. And as she digs further she finds out there’s a possibility she might have been poisoned a year ago. But who and why? The person could be in her close circle to have an opportunity to reach what she eats or drinks. Her husband is the first person who is extremely volunteered to get rid of her. She has the leverage, a quiet disturbing information about him, rejecting to divorce without getting paid! This means he may chosen easier way to solve his problem permanently! But what about her daughters? Emily seems like the most responsible one but she seems like struggling with her med school, twins. There’s something off about her! Aline and Jennifer’s estranged relationship also increase suspicion of her intentions ! Miranda who recently moved back to house, also struggling financially, keeping big secrets from her family. She is definitely acting weird! What secret she keeps eating her alive? Nobody is honest in this family. They have trust issues, preferring to sweep things under the rug, acting like everything is so normal. We’re introduced to bunch of broken, damaged characters and their sad, traumatized stories. You may guess who poisoned Jennifer from the beginning but it was still well written psychological family drama with lots of twists and jaw dropping moments, satisfying conclusion. I can only say about this ruined family at the end: apple does not fall from the tree. ( you’ll understand when you reach the last %10 of the book) I’m giving four surprising, heart wrenching, whodunnit, dysfunctional family and motherhood stars! I loved Catherine McKenzie’s books and her incredible talent. I’m looking forward to devour the next book she’ll write! Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Six Weeks to Live starts with Jennifer being told she has Glioblastoma and has approximately six weeks to live. She becomes convinced her cancer is the result of someone having poisoned her with heavy metals ( a la Flint Michigan). The story is more a psychological study of Jennifer and her three 25 year old daughters. Her daughters were minor celebrities when they were born, as they were two identical and one fraternal triplets. The daughters each have their own personality and agendas. We see Six Weeks to Live starts with Jennifer being told she has Glioblastoma and has approximately six weeks to live. She becomes convinced her cancer is the result of someone having poisoned her with heavy metals ( a la Flint Michigan). The story is more a psychological study of Jennifer and her three 25 year old daughters. Her daughters were minor celebrities when they were born, as they were two identical and one fraternal triplets. The daughters each have their own personality and agendas. We see how each responds to the news. And then there’s their father, seeking a divorce and possibly the one to have done the poisoning. This is one screwed up family! I enjoyed seeing the family dynamics- the sibling rivalry, the alliances, the secrets that become exposed. I can’t say I liked any of these folks. Felt sympathy for, sure, but didn’t really like or understand. I am a huge fan of Catherine Mackenzie. She is a master of suspense, leading the reader from one suspect to another. There was a nice underlying tension to the story. I felt the ending stretched my ability to believe but it worked well. My thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Predictable and extremely far-fetched, “Six Weeks to Live” by Catherine McKenzie consumed hours of my life that I’ll never get back. Why the fork did I bother?! Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that question. Perhaps I found it interesting enough to keep reading. That must be it. Alas, I am only one reader and there are lots of other reviews out there for this book that are much more positive than mine, thus I urge you to check t Review posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Predictable and extremely far-fetched, “Six Weeks to Live” by Catherine McKenzie consumed hours of my life that I’ll never get back. Why the fork did I bother?! Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that question. Perhaps I found it interesting enough to keep reading. That must be it. Alas, I am only one reader and there are lots of other reviews out there for this book that are much more positive than mine, thus I urge you to check those out. This was a buddy read with Kaceey, who sadly, shared (some of) my views on this book. Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for the arc. Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Jennifer thinks she may have been poisoned by her evil ex-husband. After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, she grapples with processing the information and how to inform her family. Every moment dissected leading up to her doctor visit including the abnormal blood tests. Aline, Emily, and Miranda, are Jennifer’s grown triplet daughters in various stages of adulthood. Failure to launch Miranda lives at home, Emily is a devoted mom and wife, and Aline a career woman. Each daughter approaches t Jennifer thinks she may have been poisoned by her evil ex-husband. After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, she grapples with processing the information and how to inform her family. Every moment dissected leading up to her doctor visit including the abnormal blood tests. Aline, Emily, and Miranda, are Jennifer’s grown triplet daughters in various stages of adulthood. Failure to launch Miranda lives at home, Emily is a devoted mom and wife, and Aline a career woman. Each daughter approaches their mother’s illness differently and the road to acceptance spurs many conversations among them. They don’t seem to agree on anything except that they talk around each other but don’t communicate important matters. As the book progresses, the ghosts of family dysfunction emerge and things get very interesting! I had no problem tracking the multiple characters in the story. Each had a distinct position and the titled chapters alternated between several different viewpoints. The subject of death and getting your affairs in order was sad at times but I enjoyed the book overall. I was undecided about my stars because the payoff ending made this solid for me. Totally unexpected - I loved it! I would recommend this to those readers liking psychological thrillers with a heavy helping of family drama. Thank you to the author, Atria Books, and NetGalley for my advance review copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Jennifer Barnes goes to a routing doctor visit and comes home with heartbreaking news - she has a brain tumor and only six weeks to live. Stunned she goes home and hopes to spend the time she has left with her triplets and twin grandsons. Seems like the approp0riate thing to do. Who would not want to be surrounded by family at the end? But looking back, she begins to believe that she was poisoned. If it were me, I would want to enjoy my time left, but Jennifer wants to learn the truth. She is det Jennifer Barnes goes to a routing doctor visit and comes home with heartbreaking news - she has a brain tumor and only six weeks to live. Stunned she goes home and hopes to spend the time she has left with her triplets and twin grandsons. Seems like the approp0riate thing to do. Who would not want to be surrounded by family at the end? But looking back, she begins to believe that she was poisoned. If it were me, I would want to enjoy my time left, but Jennifer wants to learn the truth. She is determined. She wants to know who and why might have poisoned her. Her blame initially falls on her husband who she is in the process of divorcing. Her three daughters meanwhile are coping with the news in their own way. Will Jennifer learn the truth? Was she poisoned? Is she wrong? What would you do with only six weeks to live? I put this in the I enjoyed it while reading it pile. But will I remember this book in months to come? Probably not. But it was a nice way to spend time while stuck home in bed. There is a mystery here, but I would not call this book a thriller or suspenseful. It is a family/domestic drama with a mystery. The family is dysfunctional but you'll understand why as you read. With many characters in this book (triplets, twins, etc.), it was easy to keep track of each character due to their distinct personalities. They all have their own issues and agendas. The story does have some twists and a revelation, but it is not of the jaw dropping kind. Will some figure it out? I believe so. But it is still enjoyable. You will have to read to find out if Jennifer is correct. Will she get closure? You will have to read to find out! Will this book be for you? Many are enjoying it more than I did, so I encourage you to read their reviews as well. This is my first book by this author, I am open to reading more of her books in the future. Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catherine McKenzie

    I am so excited to announce the publication of my 11th novel, SIX WEEKS TO LIVE! It's coming out May 4, 2021! I hope you like and it and please consider adding it to your to-read shelf! I am so excited to announce the publication of my 11th novel, SIX WEEKS TO LIVE! It's coming out May 4, 2021! I hope you like and it and please consider adding it to your to-read shelf!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    What the fork did I just read? Let me start with the positives: - The story was interesting, despite its issues, and kept me entertained. - Each character (a mother and her three daughters) had a very distinct voice, which I appreciated. And, I think that's about it. The not-so-positive things: -Reading this from a medical perspective, I was less than impressed. Glioblastoma multiforme was not portrayed well here at all. Everything about it just seemed mildly...off. - I also figured this one out What the fork did I just read? Let me start with the positives: - The story was interesting, despite its issues, and kept me entertained. - Each character (a mother and her three daughters) had a very distinct voice, which I appreciated. And, I think that's about it. The not-so-positive things: -Reading this from a medical perspective, I was less than impressed. Glioblastoma multiforme was not portrayed well here at all. Everything about it just seemed mildly...off. - I also figured this one out WAY early. There were no surprise conclusions for me. Even if I hadn't, I felt the ending was pretty...limp. - Though each character had a distinct voice, they were all sort of awful. - I was incredibly tired of hearing just how identical Aline and Miranda were; over and over we were told this throughout the story. I also got sick of the whole "fork" thing. "What the fork is going on?" "I don't give a fork." ANNOYING. Just go for the gold and say the real thing. - This wasn't a thriller. It was a domestic drama. Most readers will probably enjoy this more than I did, but I can't personally give it more than 2.5 stars. Available June 1, 2021 Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for my review copy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    This novel starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. In chapter one, we meet Jennifer Barnes, a 48-year-old mother of three, being told she has an inoperable brain tumor and has about six weeks to live. Initially, she wants to spend the time with her daughters, who are 25-year-old triplets, and her two grandsons. But when she discovers she had been poisoned with lead about a year ago, she thinks it’s her husband who left her two years earlier for a much younger woman. She becomes more and more convi This novel starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. In chapter one, we meet Jennifer Barnes, a 48-year-old mother of three, being told she has an inoperable brain tumor and has about six weeks to live. Initially, she wants to spend the time with her daughters, who are 25-year-old triplets, and her two grandsons. But when she discovers she had been poisoned with lead about a year ago, she thinks it’s her husband who left her two years earlier for a much younger woman. She becomes more and more convinced that she was poisoned, and she asks her daughter the scientist to help, as well as the daughter the medical student. The other daughter has been adrift and living with Jennifer, and she helps, too. This is super fast-paced and well-written. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES MAY 4, 2021.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Emerging with another unique psychological thriller, Catherine McKenzie shows why she is at the top of her her genre. Mixing mystery with real-life situations, McKenzie presents the reader with a story that will surely hit home for many. Recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jennifer prepare First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Emerging with another unique psychological thriller, Catherine McKenzie shows why she is at the top of her her genre. Mixing mystery with real-life situations, McKenzie presents the reader with a story that will surely hit home for many. Recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jennifer prepares to live her final weeks with family. However, she comes to discover something odd in a past blood test result and wonders if the cancer might have had some ‘help’ emerging, leaving her to speculate who might have targeted her to die. Another winner for McKenzie fans and those who love books with slowly revealed ‘aha’ moments. Jennifer Barnes could not have expected the news when she went to the doctor about a series of headaches. Told that she has brain cancer and only a handful of weeks to live, Jennifer tries her best to come to terms with it and make the most of her time remaining. With adult triplets and a few grandchildren, Jennifer is ready to bask in the love they have for her as she wrestles for answers inside herself. However, among the papers her doctor handed over, there is an old blood test result that denotes a spike in lead levels, something about which she knew nothing. When the doctor’s office has documented proof that they called her for additional tests and she communicated by phone that she wanted a second opinion, everything thinks it has to be related to her forgetfulness and a bout of migraines from last year. Jennifer in not convinced and begins digging a little deeper. At the time of her aforementioned migraines, her husband had begun asking for a divorce, the next step after he had admitted having an affair and left the marital home. Might he be responsible for the anomaly in her blood test? Could he have wanted to kill her all along?The plot thickens as more is revealed and new layers of the family drama come to the surface. While Jennifer’s time is running out, she refuses to take it sitting down. She must learn the truth and who has been trying to harm her over the last year. While the cancer progresses and she must make amends with the life she has lived, Jennifer refuses to die before knowing what really happened last May and who within her circle she can truly trust. Chilling and emotional at the same time, Catherine McKenzie keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie and her work for a few years now, having discovered her books while reading other reviews. Each of her books that I have taken the time to read proves to me that she is the real deal and knows how to spin a tale that will captivate the reader wholeheartedly. This is another stunning piece that seeks to weave a tragedy within a mystery and encapsulate it in a psychological thriller, where the protagonist cannot tell who can be trusted. A stellar piece, if ever I have read one. Jennifer Barnes plays the presumptive protagonist throughout, offering the reader an insight into her life and how she’s come to have only a few weeks left. Her struggles as a mother, a wife, and a victim of adultery all come to the surface, while she refuses to lay down and let her world come crashing in on her. While she has only a limited time left, she is determined to discover the truth behind her lead poisoning and who could have acted so brashly as to try to kill her. McKenzie creates moments where Jennifer exposes the relationships she has with each of her triplet daughters, her own mother, and the husband who betrayed her, leaving everyone as a potential suspect, even if one name rises to the top throughout. The collection of secondary characters are, to a degree, not as supporting as one might think. McKenzie’s storytelling is such that all three daughters could share the limelight with their mother and it not be a stretch. There is much to learn about them and their differences, even though they share a birthdate. Deception and duplicity are mixed with moments of compassion, as McKenzie contrasts how each connects with both parents in different ways. The story is richer for it and the twists even more impactful. This is the sign of a really great piece of fiction, where lines are blurred and the reader must decide who to like and hate. The story itself was fantastic, which might help explain how I was able to read it in a single day. McKenzie tells things in such a clear manner within getting too wrapped up in the frivolous details. There is so much to learn and it comes out in a strong narrative that forges ahead, alongside great character development and quick dialogue. As is McKenzie’s style, there are many twists that the reader might not expect, which keeps the reader on their toes as they push forward to discover the truths that await them. Telling a multi-layered story is not easy, but Catherine McKenzie does it with ease, without revealing too much and letting the reader guess what is to come. I cannot say enough about this piece or the quality of Catherine McKenzie’s writing. Kudos, Madam McKenzie, for another winner. You hooked me with the opening chapter and I could not stop reading from that point onwards. Be sure to check for my review, first posted on Mystery and Suspense, as well as a number of other insightful comments by other reviewers. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/si... Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to Atria and Catherine McKenzie for an ARC of this book!** Remember the ticking clock from the show 24? Jennifer has a similar ticking time bomb pounding in her ear: after what she believes will be another routine doctor's visit, she is given the heart-wrenching news that a deadly brain tumor has given her only 6 more weeks to live. Baffled that as a former aspiring medical professional she could have possibly missed the signs, Jennifer comes to the conclusion that she has been p **Many thanks to Atria and Catherine McKenzie for an ARC of this book!** Remember the ticking clock from the show 24? Jennifer has a similar ticking time bomb pounding in her ear: after what she believes will be another routine doctor's visit, she is given the heart-wrenching news that a deadly brain tumor has given her only 6 more weeks to live. Baffled that as a former aspiring medical professional she could have possibly missed the signs, Jennifer comes to the conclusion that she has been poisoned by lead. Since she is in the middle of a contentious split from former husband who has settled in with his new wife, Jennifer becomes fixated on proving that this was an underhanded plot. In the mix as well are her three daughters: "triplets" although only two of them are identical, Miranda and Aline, leaving Emily as the outsider. This trio has bonded over time due to a bout of fame in their younger years, but now that their mother seems to be spiraling, these sisters have very different perspectives on exactly how stable their mother is and who could be behind her demise. With the hand of time creeping steadily forward, can Jennifer discover the truth...and is it worse than she feared? Or is this really just all in her head after all? Catherine McKenzie sold me as an author from the first book I read of hers, Arranged. She impressed me enough that I frantically added every book she'd written up and unto that point to my TBR immediately. This book, however, felt like it was written by a different writer entirely. I am all for a suspension of disbelief if it's really worth the imagination, but I think the fact that the premise of this book is incredibly unrealistic sets up the reader to have to accept a reality that just wouldn't happen. That sort of device can work in a soap opera sort of sense, but the last book I read from McKenzie didn't feel quite so far-fetched (and that was essentially a rom-com!) I also had trouble connecting with or liking any of the characters, even Jennifer herself. For someone about to pass away, she certainly had an interesting set of priorities and I couldn't follow her train of thought for most of the novel. Again, this might have worked in a more of a straightforward psychological thriller with an unreliable narrator, etc., but in this case, I think the audience was supposed to feel sorry for her...and I'm not really sure why we would. There was also little to no direct input from Jennifer's husband and since he was a prime suspect in Jennifer's eyes, I think it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts rather than being bounced back and forth between Jennifer's three daughters. The sections including dialogue from the grandkids felt especially unrealistic to me and didn't really add much to the plot, so I also could've lived without those. There is also a compulsive need for one of the characters to avoid swearing which leads her to say "what the fork" over. And over. AND OVER. Honestly, I have heard this was also used on the TV show The Good Place (where apparently characters can't swear, still haven't seen an episode) and I'm not sure if that's what inspired McKenzie to use it, but I was not a fan and it got a little bit grating after a while. A 'bit' like that works once, but ad nauseum like that? Just a bit much. Despite the lack of 'gotcha' twists and some of the other issues, this book is enjoyable enough if you put most of your preconceived notions and your logical mind on autopilot, pop some popcorn, and just go with it! This is a domestic soap of sorts in novel form, and while it wasn't a fit for me personally, I have no doubt that like many soaps, it will find its audience! 3.5 ⭐

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.5 stars! Jennifer goes to the doctor only to find out she has a brain tumor and only six weeks to live. She’s convinced she’s been poisoned a year earlier. She sets her sights on finding who poisoned her. On top of that, Jennifer is separated and in an ugly divorce battle. Was it her husband? Jennifer’s daughters don’t think so... Six Weeks to Live is a psychological character study into Jennifer’s life and mind. If you can suspend disbelief, which is often necessary in these types of stories, J 3.5 stars! Jennifer goes to the doctor only to find out she has a brain tumor and only six weeks to live. She’s convinced she’s been poisoned a year earlier. She sets her sights on finding who poisoned her. On top of that, Jennifer is separated and in an ugly divorce battle. Was it her husband? Jennifer’s daughters don’t think so... Six Weeks to Live is a psychological character study into Jennifer’s life and mind. If you can suspend disbelief, which is often necessary in these types of stories, Jennifer has a compelling and tense, fast-paced tale to tell! I received a gifted copy from the publisher. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram.com/tarheelreader

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram | Well this is a new slant on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. I had really high hopes for this. I was invested at the beginning but something was niggling at me. She’s been diagnosed with cancer. Yet, there are things happening in her life where she’s acting just ‘normal’. I’m not saying she should be crying and wailing, I’m not saying she should take to her bed and hide under the duvet! But…. There was unmistakably something quite not right….. That’s the only th Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram | Well this is a new slant on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. I had really high hopes for this. I was invested at the beginning but something was niggling at me. She’s been diagnosed with cancer. Yet, there are things happening in her life where she’s acting just ‘normal’. I’m not saying she should be crying and wailing, I’m not saying she should take to her bed and hide under the duvet! But…. There was unmistakably something quite not right….. That’s the only thing that kept me reading. I wanted to know the ending. Oh this was very cleverly wrapped up but in one neat bow that was just too pretty and unravelled at the end in just disbelief. I’m not sure if my jaw dropping moment was a gasp of air or glad it was over. So I read it. I liked it, didn’t love it. Raised my eyes to the ceiling so many times I thought my eyeballs would remain back to front! I’d say, give it a go. See what you think.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    2.5 stars, rounded up I have really enjoyed McKenzie's previous books, but this one fell just a bit short for me. There are some interesting and exciting portions, but overall the pacing is a bit uneven. It took me way too long to get into this novel. I kept putting it down because really nothing much was happening. I didn't like the main character Jennifer at all, I felt like her bizarre accusations were so unrealistic that I didn't buy into her hysteria. Another issue I had was that I have known 2.5 stars, rounded up I have really enjoyed McKenzie's previous books, but this one fell just a bit short for me. There are some interesting and exciting portions, but overall the pacing is a bit uneven. It took me way too long to get into this novel. I kept putting it down because really nothing much was happening. I didn't like the main character Jennifer at all, I felt like her bizarre accusations were so unrealistic that I didn't buy into her hysteria. Another issue I had was that I have known people who have suffered from (and died from) glioblastoma, and right from the get-go when she is told by the doctor that she has only six-to-eight weeks to live I nearly put the book down. A diagnosis doesn't work that way and doctors will NEVER give that specific a prognosis. And I found it beyond believability that there was nothing this doctor was suggesting for treatment--both people I know of with that diagnosis had surgery, chemo, and radiation and both of them had stage 4 in the same location as this character did. I get that the author needed her to only live a short time, but make it more believable to those who have lived through this. The first 3/4 of this book is from the alternating perspectives of Jennifer and her three (triplet) daughters. And honestly not a lot is uncovered or revealed except for some wild accusations on Jennifer's part that her estranged husband must have been poisoning her to cause the brain tumor, and the fact that her daughters are pretty messed up. Then...secrets start to be revealed and the book got interesting. Enough for me to raise it to 3 stars instead of 2, but just barely. This is a wild domestic drama and the ending for me made up for the sloooooow first half of the book. I will read books by this author in the future because she is pretty inventive with her plots and maybe this was an outlier. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    Emotional, steady-paced, & engrossing! Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie is a psychological suspense novel that reads more like a family drama for most of the story and then totally sneaks up on you in the end with an unexpected twist that took me right back to a psychological suspense. Which makes me appreciate the story that much more because it integrates two of my absolute favourite blends in my thrillers. It also takes off immediately with a great opening that intrigues and hooks the r Emotional, steady-paced, & engrossing! Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie is a psychological suspense novel that reads more like a family drama for most of the story and then totally sneaks up on you in the end with an unexpected twist that took me right back to a psychological suspense. Which makes me appreciate the story that much more because it integrates two of my absolute favourite blends in my thrillers. It also takes off immediately with a great opening that intrigues and hooks the reader. I do think that the story fizzled and dragged a little bit for me though somewhere along the way because I didn’t actually realize what genre I was reading. If that makes sense. It all became clear to me in the end though. The premise of this novel is intriguing, and has a sinister feel to it with a slight undercurrent of tension that definitely kept this reader interested in finding out all the details behind Jennifer’s diagnosis. I absolutely loved the familial dynamics here and the triplet angle which I thought was rather creative and definitely kept me entertained. Catherine McKenzie delivers a complex, well-written, and suspenseful novel here with well hidden clues as to who poisoned Jennifer. All the clues come together in an unexpected/expected way but I’m not exactly sure if I liked it though. I really liked the characters and how Catherine McKenzie lays out clues in her characters personalities. It’s all there for us to see but so easily missed with great writing. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Catherine McKenzie for my review copy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Behring

    This was a very emotional, thought provoking read. It shows what could happen if you are made to pay for things you did in the past. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC

  18. 5 out of 5

    Max

    So what I've learned after reading my third book from Catherine McKenzie is that she is GREAT at writing dysfunctional families. The shifting allegiances, betrayals, and slow revelation of a very big secret unfurled in the most satisfying way possible. Six Weeks To Live has a simple but instantly grabbing concept. A woman learns that she only has a month and a half left of her life, and is determined to figure out the possibility of foul play. There's a very strong whodunit element which is driv So what I've learned after reading my third book from Catherine McKenzie is that she is GREAT at writing dysfunctional families. The shifting allegiances, betrayals, and slow revelation of a very big secret unfurled in the most satisfying way possible. Six Weeks To Live has a simple but instantly grabbing concept. A woman learns that she only has a month and a half left of her life, and is determined to figure out the possibility of foul play. There's a very strong whodunit element which is driven mainly by the cast of characters. While they aren't necessarily likable, they're interesting and far from simplistic character archetypes. What bumped this up a star for me was the ending. If you like trying to solve murder mysteries by trying to figure out motives rather than just opportunity, this is the perfect puzzle to try to piece together. While I wouldn't say the ending is mindblowing, it didn't feel manipulative or out of thin air which would've been a deal-breaker for me. If you've read this author before you already know what you're getting into, I had a great ride! Thanks Netgalley and Atria Books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    HOLYYY SHIT!!! If you want a totally messed up family drama, grab a copy of Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie. Hella good!!! Much love to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... What would you do if you only had six weeks to live? Spend time with your family? Travel? Well, not Jennifer! When her doctor tells her she has glioblastoma and her life expectancy is only six weeks she becomes convinced she’s been poisoned by her ex- husband and uses that time to try to prove it. I had never read this author before but had heard great things about her. I decided to give this one a go because the premise sounded really Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... What would you do if you only had six weeks to live? Spend time with your family? Travel? Well, not Jennifer! When her doctor tells her she has glioblastoma and her life expectancy is only six weeks she becomes convinced she’s been poisoned by her ex- husband and uses that time to try to prove it. I had never read this author before but had heard great things about her. I decided to give this one a go because the premise sounded really interesting (yet very depressing) and, while I enjoyed it for the most part, I was not blown away by it. The story is told through Jennifer and her three daughters. They’re triplets, with two identical and one fraternal, and on the positive side each one had a distinctive voice. However, I can’t say I really warmed up to any of them. All the jumping back and forth between the four women made this a very dynamic read, keeping the pace pretty even all throughout. Secrets are hinted almost from the very beginning (especially relating Jennifer’s marriage and her refusal to grant her husband a divorce), so I was expecting a really explosive secret, but as the end came near and reveals started happening I felt the story fizzled out. Granted, there were several twists, but none of them left me speechless. The final justification for everything was one of my biggest pet peeves in suspense stories that I think has been overused lately in the genre. I could not finish this review without mentioning a really annoying fact. Miranda, one of Jennifer’s daughters, just keeps saying “Fork”, “What the fork?” and so on. What the actual F*CK was that about? You’re a 25 yo, talk like a f*cking adult! Light and fast domestic suspense that although nothing memorable it made me interested enough to go and check the author’s previous work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: May 4, 2021 Catherine McKenzie's eleventh novel, "Six Weeks To Live" is a pulse-pounding medical drama about family secrets so deep and dark, it takes a tragic diagnosis to bring them to light. Miranda, Aline and Emily were famous triplets in their youth, reveling in the free vacations, TV spots and swag given to them merely for being Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: May 4, 2021 Catherine McKenzie's eleventh novel, "Six Weeks To Live" is a pulse-pounding medical drama about family secrets so deep and dark, it takes a tragic diagnosis to bring them to light. Miranda, Aline and Emily were famous triplets in their youth, reveling in the free vacations, TV spots and swag given to them merely for being born sharing a uterus. Now, they are adults and their life is shattered when their mother tells them she has gliobastoma, an incurable brain cancer, and has only six weeks to live. After that news, the triples are still in shock when their mother reveals that she believes her cancer is a result of lead poisoning- and that someone in her inner circle poisoned her. The obvious suspect is Jennifer's ex husband (and the girls' father), Jake, but not all of the girls are convinced Jake would go to such lengths. But who else would want Jennifer dead? And has she really been poisoned at all? "Six Weeks" has all of the plot twists and turns that you come to expect from McKenzie. With the realistic undertones of mental illness (specifically Manic Depression, Munschausen's by Proxy and Postpartum depression), this is a novel that will pull you in and keep you dangling on the edge of your seat until the very end. All of the characters in this novel have a dark side, with secrets that make any and all of them realistic suspects. When the ending is revealed, not only is it believable but it is also unexpected (the perfect combination!). The unique "triplet" plot line was creative and entertaining! McKenzie continues to deliver engaging, suspenseful stories with honest and realistic characters, and after eleven novels under her belt, she shows no signs of slowing down!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    "The delusions the doctor warned about already starting. I should've kept my suspicions to myself, but silence has never been my strong suit." Maybe a little more silence here and there would have helped this one. Let me elbow in here and say that I've always enjoyed a good novel in the hands of the talented Catherine McKenzie. Six Weeks to Live just couldn't hold a candle to her previous works. When you're facing characters that are so off-putting page after page, including the main one, it beco "The delusions the doctor warned about already starting. I should've kept my suspicions to myself, but silence has never been my strong suit." Maybe a little more silence here and there would have helped this one. Let me elbow in here and say that I've always enjoyed a good novel in the hands of the talented Catherine McKenzie. Six Weeks to Live just couldn't hold a candle to her previous works. When you're facing characters that are so off-putting page after page, including the main one, it becomes harder and harder to return to this storyline day after day. Jennifer has been diagnosed with primary glioblastoma in her brain with grade 4 cancer. Not a cheery note to begin this one. And with a week-by-week countdown to the final pages (Hence, Six Weeks to Live) we already know where this is going. McKenzie introduces us to her "lovely" daughters who are so self-involved that each time a chapter title arrives with their name heading, we cringe. Add to the mix an insufferable husband who badgers her constantly for a divorce. He's already moved out and living with his sweetie pie. So we've now rounded out the cold-as-ice group that surrounds Jennifer in her final weeks. But Jennifer is hell bent on finding out what caused her cancer when something suspicious shows up in her bloodwork. Hmmmm. Me thinks you know that we have a bit of a cat and mouse game happening here. Is she delusional or not? Six Weeks to Live has received far better stars than I delivered. Take it out for a test drive when it comes out in May and see for yourselves. You may be on the other side of the fence. I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. My thanks to Simon & Schuster and to Catherine McKenzie for the opportunity.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    Jennifer discovers that she has brain cancer caused by lead poisoning. She has 6 weeks left to live. Can she figure out who did it? This was a thriller that dragged on forever. The chapters were far too long, and the ending was entirely predictable. The book contains a set of triplets and twins. I still don't even remember all of their names. This book was such a disappointment. This last year, I had a partial heart block with more than 2,000 abnormal beats daily. When I closed my eyes at night, Jennifer discovers that she has brain cancer caused by lead poisoning. She has 6 weeks left to live. Can she figure out who did it? This was a thriller that dragged on forever. The chapters were far too long, and the ending was entirely predictable. The book contains a set of triplets and twins. I still don't even remember all of their names. This book was such a disappointment. This last year, I had a partial heart block with more than 2,000 abnormal beats daily. When I closed my eyes at night, I wasn't quite sure that I was going to open them in the morning. One of the things that I learned is that we are all dying in some way. We all march on towards death, but you never really know the day of your exit. On the way to an appointment, I could be hit by a car or a plane could land on my house. No one knows for certain their exact time of exit. What I can control for the most part is how I feel about my life. Are there days when I have a pity party? Yes, absolutely. Are there days when I am frustrated? You bet. But with my remaining days, I choose joy and happiness. I try not to dwell on things that I can't do anymore. With the time I have left, I am giving myself the gift of happy days. Jennifer apparently never did that. She complains constantly about how she has been wronged and pushing on an investigation in her final days. The best revenge is a good life. Move on and live your life to the fullest. Haters will know that they missed out on a good thing. Jennifer though is always the victim. There was one passage in the book that boiled my skin. It was about how cancer causes people to die, not like mental illness. Whoa. Um no. Mental illness is just as serious as cancer. In fact if you are 15-34, you are about 3X more likely to die from suicide than cancer. That's right. We spend all this time worried about cancer when the bigger risk is suicide, mental health. Books like this are not helping to move the needle on educating people about mental health; that it is OK to ask for help. There is no shame in saying, "No, I'm not ok." And it is serious. *Thank you NetGalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Not going to dive deep on this one, but I just couldn't connect with this story. I found it to be painfully sad and "woe is me" for too long (I guess I'm cold hearted, but it definitely was a solid chunk of the story), while also being slow moving and predictable. 2021 Dennis promises to not decimate books that I found unfavorable, since reading is subjective—this is my review, the end! However, I will definitely read from this author again. She is definitely a staple in my reading preferences. Not going to dive deep on this one, but I just couldn't connect with this story. I found it to be painfully sad and "woe is me" for too long (I guess I'm cold hearted, but it definitely was a solid chunk of the story), while also being slow moving and predictable. 2021 Dennis promises to not decimate books that I found unfavorable, since reading is subjective—this is my review, the end! However, I will definitely read from this author again. She is definitely a staple in my reading preferences.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    This was entertaining, a little heartbreaking, and rather far-fetched. McKenzie threw quite a few suspects at us, which caused some intriguing twists. But I started getting irritated with most of the characters fairly early. “I’m dying. My life has a countdown clock. And it starts now.” The title tells it all. Jennifer is devastated when she’s diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given six weeks to live. But she can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong. Her blood tests from a year ago This was entertaining, a little heartbreaking, and rather far-fetched. McKenzie threw quite a few suspects at us, which caused some intriguing twists. But I started getting irritated with most of the characters fairly early. “I’m dying. My life has a countdown clock. And it starts now.” The title tells it all. Jennifer is devastated when she’s diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given six weeks to live. But she can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong. Her blood tests from a year ago showed abnormalities and she's sure it's not the tumor that is causing her paranoia. It's a shocker when her Dr’s visit ends with catastrophic and heartbreaking news. She has three grown triplets and a deceitful husband that’s been pushing for a divorce. She starts to imagine scenarios that might help her find the truth before her time is up. Although the book was entertaining, most of the characters started to annoy me early on. Talk about dysfunctional...OMG! Jennifer refuses to give her cheating husband a divorce. I got tired of hearing about it. He didn't need her forking permission! And she spent most of her remaining time focused on him and his “terrible” treatment of her. Let it go, already! The triplets were a media sensation from birth. Even with the free vacations and other benefits they received, they still whined about their elite lifestyle and treatment. They came off as spoiled, unappreciative brats most of the time. But I guess everyone wants what they didn't have, lol. This is my first time reading the author and I enjoyed it enough to give her another try. Thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Atria Books, for this free digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion! My Rating: 3.5 ⭐️’s (rounding down) Published: May 4th 2021 by Atria Books Pages: 384 Recommend: Yes...most reviews are positive. @CEMcKenzie1 @AtriaBooks @NetGalley #NoRulesJustThrills #InExchangeForReview #NetGalley #SixWeeksToLive #Brain Tumor #BookReview #JustFinished #Triplets

  26. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    This is my third book by Catherine McKenzie she never disappoints but this is my favourite so far. This novel comes from a writer who is at the very top of her game. A magnificent book, and it is an excellent example of how to develop a character. And I am proud she is a fellow Canadian. I had to force myself to slow down and really savour this. The story, based around a sad, lonely and possibly quite mentally unstable woman called Jennifer. It grows with a slow, steady pace as ten This is my third book by Catherine McKenzie she never disappoints but this is my favourite so far. This novel comes from a writer who is at the very top of her game. A magnificent book, and it is an excellent example of how to develop a character. And I am proud she is a fellow Canadian. I had to force myself to slow down and really savour this. The story, based around a sad, lonely and possibly quite mentally unstable woman called Jennifer. It grows with a slow, steady pace as tense as a stretched wire. McKenzie touches on motherhood, abuse, mental health and fear but the tone is never preachy. The author has an absolute gift for making her characters spring off the page at you. All of her books have this. She is so clever you feel a connection with some characters even though you are getting quite worried they might be evil. This is what enables her to explore complicated issues in a thoughtful way as she so humanises her characters. Every one of her novels has this lovely sympathy for her characters, despite their flaws. Catherine McKenzie always find their humanity so your response to them is always multi-layered. With every book I read I find She really does seem to just get better and better. Can’t wait for the next one. Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie and Atria Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #NetGalley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    What would you do if you were told you only had 6 weeks to live? If it was me I would want to be with my family and head to Disneyland. Not for this character though.... Jennifer has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in her brain and been told she has only six weeks to live. She discovers the cause of the illness may be the high levels of lead in her system - but how did it get there? She believes that she has been poisoned but who would want her dead? Instead of enjoying her What would you do if you were told you only had 6 weeks to live? If it was me I would want to be with my family and head to Disneyland. Not for this character though.... Jennifer has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in her brain and been told she has only six weeks to live. She discovers the cause of the illness may be the high levels of lead in her system - but how did it get there? She believes that she has been poisoned but who would want her dead? Instead of enjoying her last days on earth she spends her time putting her family offside and trying to find out. The audio was fantastic, with a cast of great narrators including the wonderful Julia Whelan. It is a quick and addictive read as always with Catherine McKenzie books. I do have to agree with Javi on the constant use of "What The Fork" - super annoying

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    This is a hard 2.5 for me. I didn't HATE reading it as much as I thought it was very, very dumb. Six Weeks to Live is what I can only describe as an airport thriller. It has very short chapters in POV form. The writing style lingers closer to middle grade than it does adult. It's really a perfect book if you need a distraction but don't really want to invest yourself too hard into that distraction. I'm not going to spend time talking about the plot, look at Goodreads for that. Heres all you need This is a hard 2.5 for me. I didn't HATE reading it as much as I thought it was very, very dumb. Six Weeks to Live is what I can only describe as an airport thriller. It has very short chapters in POV form. The writing style lingers closer to middle grade than it does adult. It's really a perfect book if you need a distraction but don't really want to invest yourself too hard into that distraction. I'm not going to spend time talking about the plot, look at Goodreads for that. Heres all you need to know. - The character motivations, especially at the end, were absolutely bizarre and inhuman. - The twists were all groan-worthy. Every single one of them. - The fact that the main character, Jennifer, even though someone was out to get her was weird. It was like the book really couldn't figure out how to naturally set up suspicion so they just piledriver into it and expect you to buy-in. - None of the main characters were likable or believable. None of them were intriguing enough to put up with their flaws. - The end of the book made me feel stupid for even following the story to begin with. That being said, if you are at an airport or waiting in line to vote, this is really a perfect thriller. You could probably skip several chapters, just open the page and start to easily figure out whats going on. There isn't really a building mystery so much as small random reveals, so it demands little of your attention. I didn't hate reading it. It wasn't boring. It just wasn't good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David

    Every book by Catherine McKenzie is a treat! Don't miss this one! Every book by Catherine McKenzie is a treat! Don't miss this one!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

    Not going to lie but this is not what I expected from Catherine McKenzie. This wasn't really a thriller at all, more of a book about family drama and secrets. I guess I went into it with the wrong expectations so maybe that's why I wasn't as invested but I thought it was just okay. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Atria books for an advanced copy of this book! Not going to lie but this is not what I expected from Catherine McKenzie. This wasn't really a thriller at all, more of a book about family drama and secrets. I guess I went into it with the wrong expectations so maybe that's why I wasn't as invested but I thought it was just okay. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Atria books for an advanced copy of this book!

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