Friday, November 6, 2020

Hush Little Baby

Book: Hush Little Baby
Author: Suzanne Redfearn

If I stay, he will kill me. If I leave, he'll destroy Addie and Drew. Jillian Kane appears to have it all - a successful career, a gorgeous home, a loving husband, and two wonderful children. The reality behind closed doors is something else entirely. For nine years, she has hid the bruises and the truth of her abusive marriage in order to protect Addie and Drew, knowing that if she left, Gordon would destroy her and destroy them. When she flees in an act of desperation, her worst nightmare is realized and she finds herself on the run with her two young children, no money, and no plan. With Gordon in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children. A riveting page-turner, HUSH LITTLE BABY exposes the shame and terror of domestic violence as well as the disturbing role manipulation and sabotage can play in the high-stakes game of child custody. Suspenseful and unforgettably moving, it's a novel about the unbreakable bonds of family and the astounding, terrifying devotion of a mother's love-Goodreads

Review: Jillian and Gordon appear to be the perfect couple. Successful architect wife, policeman husband, 2 beautiful children. But things behind closed doors aren't always what they seem. Gordon is physically and emotionally abusive. Jillian wants to leave but is afraid Gordon will do something to the children. Eventually, Jillian is on the run with the kids with her husband in hot pursuit.

This book started out strong. Gordon is a smart abuser, he knows how to make his wife appear stupid and embarrass her in public settings.  I was really engaged in the story until Jillian went on the run with her kids and then it stalled for me. Overall, I liked it. 

Grade: 3/5

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