#BookReview: Zetty by Debra Whiting Alexander

Reviewer: Jennifer Bryan-Vawser


The powerful story of a mother lost to a rare form of schizophrenia, and a daughter’s quest to find her.

When Marjorie McGee suddenly disappears from her Southern California beach home, nine-year-old Zetty is left motherless and confused. Years later, Zetty finds herself in a circle of unconventional women—opinionated, endearing, courageous and keen-eyed women—who offer Zetty their heart and backbone. As unexpected friendships form, Zetty begins an emotional, psychological, and spiritual journey in search of her mother—never imagining the joy and tragedy yet to come, the undeniable power of early childhood bonds, and the secret that will change their lives forever.


This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after it is over.
Zetty is 9 years old and her mother has gone missing. What Zetty doesn’t know is that her mother suffers from schizophrenia.
When she is finally old enough, she sets off to go in search of her mother.
I personally felt myself going on this journey with her. It was a roller coaster of emotions! I felt her challenges and desperation on finding her mother.
I also felt her resilience, compassion, love and her self discovery on this journey.
I really enjoyed that the story was written from both Zetty and her mother’s perspectives.
Debra Whiting Alexander has written a beautiful, heartfelt story all while opening our eyes to mental illness.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
4.5 stars.

2 thoughts on “#BookReview: Zetty by Debra Whiting Alexander

  1. Wow, what a great sounding book! I would love to read it Thanks to your book review! I really like the cover also, it has a mysterious look to it. Thank you for sharing your book review. I will be adding this book to my TBR list.

    • You’re welcome and thank you for the kind words! I think you will really enjoy Zetty and the cover drew me in as well. So mysterious like you said. Please let me know what you thought of the book. I would love to share thoughts on it!

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