This title provides a fascinating psychological exploration of the darker sides of kindness and caring. This is the true story of Carole Alden, a brilliant, yet eccentric mother of five, who had a deep and abiding need to help society's outcasts. But Carole's desire to help others extended beyond her meagre resources, even beyond the children she insisted she loved, yet sometimes neglected. Finally, in the remote reaches of Utah's Great Basin, Carole Alden shot and killed her husband. Dragging his heavy body from the house, she headed for a makeshift grave. Was the murder self-defence? Premeditated? Or was something else altogether? This searing exploration of deadly codependency takes the reader on a fascinating voyage of discovery that brings extraordinary insight to our deepest questions. Is kindness always the right answer? Is kindness always what it seems?
Barbara Oakley is a best-selling author, vice-president of the world's largest bioengineering society, and a professor of engineering at Oakland University, Michigan.