November 13, 2013

Hush Little Baby

There are very few books that tug at my heart string while preventing me from turning the page. This debut novel, Hush Little Baby, by Suzanne Redfearn pulled me in from the opening pages. Domestic violence is a sensitive matter that should not be exaggerated, yet taken seriously. Fortunately, I am not a victim of domestic violence but am familiar with how it affects victims and brings shame to families. But this prior knowledge in no way prepared me for the story of Jillian Kane.

You never know what goes on behind closed doors. To outsiders, Jillian had a picture perfect life: happily married, successful career and two children. In reality, Jillian hid bruises inflicted by her abusive husband for the past nine years. Of course she desperately wanted to flee. But she feared for her life and the safety of her young children.

"If I stay, he will kill me. If I leave, he'll destroy Addie and Drew."

Hush Little Baby is what I call a reluctant read. The story is good but I was afraid of what I would read on the next page. Would the main character survive? Will she successfully escape the abuse? Will her children be okay? I just had so many questions that I was reluctant to read the answers to. I believe the author realized readers may have this same reaction and paced the events in the book well. I look forward to reading more of Suzanne Redfearn's writing. It was a bold move to tackle domestic violence in a debut book, and Suzanne pulled it off. Bookhearts, add Hush Little Baby to your reading lists or recommend to your book clubs.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: Hush Little Baby
Author: Suzanne Redfearn
Published: October 2013
Pages: 308
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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