Publishers Weekly ". . . Mandel explores how a freak accident altered the fate of her family... By cleverly shifting between recent years and the day of the crash, Mandel weaves together chapters of real and imagined scenes building to the inevitable. . .
Kirkus Reviews calls Replacement Child ". . . dramatic and resonant."
"Judy Mandel has transformed her story into a riveting work that touches on the dynamics of all troubled families. She offers an in-depth lok at what it means to grow up a replacement child, an issue never before addressed in memoir, while lifting the veil on the secret nature of grief and the far-reaching effects on tragedy. Her stark honesty and gripping prose make this book a page-turner, with all the tension of a well-crafted novel." - Kaylie Jones, author of Lies My Mother Never Told Me
"This touching tale of healing and understanding explores the sometimes unconscious expectations of love. . ." Hartford Magazine