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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
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Atria Books
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Lisa of Troy
May 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
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,
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Michael David (on hiatus)
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
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Kaceey
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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
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Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)
**Many thanks to Atria and Catherine McKenzie for a gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!!**

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 co
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Liz
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Catherine McKenzie
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
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! ...more
Susanne
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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
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Debra
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Susan - on semi hiatus
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
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Bridgett
Mar 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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
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Theresa Alan
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
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Matt
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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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
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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Leo
Jan 05, 2022 rated it it was ok
Even though I read this in the beginning of the year, I did not remember previous reading it. So I read this again. My thoughts haven't changed really. Still 2 stars but think I enjoyed it less this time around
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I finished this book a while ago but forgot to do a review on this for a couple of days. And in that time I've forgotten most of the plot. Remember thinking that it could have been 3 or 3.5 stars but as it didn't stick much to my memory, i lowered my rating
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JaymeO
Aug 03, 2021 rated it liked it
“What the fork?”

Jennifer Barnes is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and is told she only has six weeks left to live. Convinced that she has been poisoned, Jennifer spends her last weeks alive trying to figure out who is causing her death. Was it her soon to be ex-husband? Jennifer and her triplet daughters lead the investigation as she wonders if she just imagined that someone is trying to kill her.

I listened to the audiobook which is read by four different narrators. I don’t think it was n
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Norma
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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Barbara Behring
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Kat
Mar 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
48-year-old mother of three Jennifer Barnes is at a doctor’s appointment when she gets startling news: she has a brain tumor and has six weeks to live. She’s determined to spend her remaining time with her triplet daughters focused on happy things… except she discovers on a lab test that she tested positive for lead over a year ago. And now believes someone purposefully poisoned her.

This psychological thriller was really well written. It was fairly short, with good pacing and a steady reveal of
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Erin Clemence
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
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
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Max
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Javier
May 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Linda
Apr 29, 2021 rated it liked it
"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
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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. ...more
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
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Julie (JuJu)
Mar 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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
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Denise
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! This is the kind of domestic drama that grabs your attention like a train wreck and you can't put it down until you get to the end, guessing all the way.

Jennifer Barnes is told that she has a grade 4 cancer, a primary glioblastoma (brain tumor) and has only 6 weeks to live. OK -- so you need to get past the fact that nobody in medicine gives those kinds of predictions these days and just go with the flow, suspending your disbelief and getting to the main theme of this story. Fami
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practiced law in Montreal for twenty years before retiring to write full time. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE and the GOOD LIAR. I'LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Globe & Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller, sho ...more

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