Saving Max: Antoinette van Heugten

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What would a loving mother not do for her child?

Lawyer Danielle Parkman is at her wits’ end. Her son Max, a whip-smart teen with high-functioning autism, has always been a handful. But lately he’s shutting down, using drugs and lashing out – violently.

Desperate, Danielle brings Max to a top-flight psychiatric facility for a full assessment. But rather than reassurance, Danielle receives an agonizing diagnosis describing a deeply damaged, dangerous boy – one she’s never met.

Then Danielle finds Max unconscious and bloodied at the feet of a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. A fiercely protective mother instinct rears its head – and Danielle is arrested as an accessory to the heinous crime.

In a baffling netherworld of doubt and fear, barred from contacting her son, Danielle clings to the thought of Max’s innocence. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her baby boy really a killer?

With the justice system bearing down on them both, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth – no matter how horrifying. It’s a path well on the wrong side of the law. But only finding the true killer will absolve her from having to choose between her son and her soul.

Antoinette van Heugten

A former international lawyer with a degree from The University of Texas School of Law, Antoinette van Heugten has traded her practice for the pen.  Her first novel, Saving Max, follows single mother, Danielle Parkman, whose teenage son has Asperger’s syndrome and becomes the primary suspect in a gruesome murder case.

Antoinette knows first-hand the struggles and triumphs of living with autism, and has always been an advocate for her children in a world where few people understood their disorder. She is an avid follower of the Autism Society of America, Talk Autism, Autism Speaks, the National Autism Association and Moms Fighting Autism, and has worked with parents who have recently received a diagnosis of autism for their children.

“My goal in writing Saving Max was not only to create an entertaining book,” she says, “but also to shed light on some of the misconceptions people have about the autism spectrum and to help other parents of children with autism know that they are not alone.”

Antoinette resides in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband.

More about the book:

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (18 Feb 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0778304086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778304081
  • Best Selling Novel: Recognised among the best 150 books in the United States by USA Today
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