SAVING PHOEBE MURROW
Saving Phoebe Murrow, Feely's debut novel, was released by Upper Hand Press in the US and Twenty7 Books (a Bonnier imprint) in the UK. It recently won the 2016 New Apple Award in fiction.
It's a story about the timeless struggle between mothers and their teen daughters with a razor-sharp 21st century twist. This heart-wrenching, harrowing debut novel for fans of Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty), Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight), and The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas) will make you question what’s needed to keep your children from harm.
Phoebe’s mother, Isabel, is precariously balancing her career and family. Hard-working and caring, worried but supportive, all Isabel wants, in a world of bullies and temptations, is to keep her daughter Phoebe safe. With her busy schedule, though, she fails to recognize another mother’s mounting fury and the danger Phoebe faces by flirting with a mysterious boy on Facebook.
A cyber-bullying episode aimed at Phoebe has horrific consequences. In her search for justice, Isabel, a DC lawyer, sets out to find the culprit behind this cruel incident.
Saving Phoebe Murrow, set amidst the complicated web of adolescent relationships, tells a story of miscommunication and malice, drugs and Facebook, prejudice and revenge.
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"This is a Jodi Picoult kind of novel, full of domestic drama."
- Bibliomaniac, book blog
"This was a stellar read about teenage tragedies. Gripping, riveting, and deeply disturbing."
- The Writing Train, book blog
“Herta Feely’s Saving Phoebe Murrow is a compelling first rate domestic drama, a book to set on the shelf alongside Sue Miller’s The Good Mother. Insightful, gripping, in the end thrilling. Most highly recommended."
- Wayne Johnson, award winning author of The Devil You Know