In The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, did Esme kill Kitty in the end?

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In the gripping tale of Esme in The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, the end of the story brings a reversal of power roles between the sisters Esme and Kitty. Kitty now has Alzheimer's disease and Esme is enjoying the dignity after years of an unjust confinement and the confiscation of a child. In the final pages of the book, Esme takes an opportunity for revenge against Kitty by exercising the power now in her hands, since her mind is clear and properly functioning. Kitty sits in a chair. Esme stands with a pillow she's fiddling with. Kitty is then dead...suffocated. Esme remains. The author wants readers to draw their own conclusions. What is your conclusion as to whether Esme killed Kitty?


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