Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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, if she left, Gordon would destroy her-destroy them.
When, in an act of desperation, she flees, 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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, HOLY CRAP, this book was good. I feel like I say this a lot, but it really is rare for me to pick up a book and read it all the way through. I started reading this late Friday (10/4) and finished it Saturday 10/5. Talk about an engrossing page turner!
Without rehashing the entire story, Jillian Kane is stuck in what appears to be a happy marriage but behind closed doors is a nightmare. Her husband is abusive to her– cruel, mean and violent. His punishments for the children aren’t physical, but mental. To everyone, he’s a great dad and doting husband. To Jillian, he’s a monster.
When she decides she has to leave, there isn’t a question that she has to take the children. Gordon won’t hear of it, and Jillian knows that he will kill her before he lets her have them.
An interesting aspect of this book is how beat-down Jillian is… she doesn’t even think she can save her children. She doesn’t think she is a good mother. She feels she’s a consistent failure and hasn’t nurtured relationships with Addie and Drew. She knows Gordon is the better parent, more patient, more loving.
Because this is what Gordon wants her to think. He wants her to feel that if she runs, she has nothing.
Thus begins a heart thumping, fast-paced tale of a woman who would do anything to protect her children, and in the process, proves she’s the best gift those children ever had.
I mentioned a few times that reading this book about gave me a heart attack. Take that as a hint as to the rythm and heightened sensitivities and utter alarm in the Redfearn’s words. I was living this book while I was reading it and was exhausted when I’d read the last word.
Really wonderful novel– very well written, high marks from me!