[Review] No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn

Posted 19 January, 2016 by DLWhite in Reviews 0 Comments

No Ordinary Life Book Cover No Ordinary Life
Suzanne Redfearn
Grand Central Publishing
February 2, 2016

Suzanne Redfearn delivers another gripping page-turner in her latest novel, a story about a young mother's fight to protect her children from the dangerous world of Hollywood. Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and their three children . . . or that she'd have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don't come without a price. In a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it's impossible to know whom to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family. Emotionally riveting and insightful, NO ORDINARY LIFE is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children's lives.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

I so enjoyed Ms. Redfearn’s previous novel, Hush Little Baby that I was excited and honored to be given the opportunity to read her second novel, No Ordinary Life.

Without giving a complete summary of the book, I’ll just say it is another tale of a mother doing what she absolutely must, by whatever means necessary to protect her children. Sometimes she succeeds, sometimes she fails.

For the most part this is a captivating and compelling read, realistic in details about mothering a budding child star. Or stars. And what it’s like for the rest of the family when the four year old makes the most money in your house.

If I’m honest, the middle of the book sagged slightly, as the tension in Faye’s situation with Molly, the producer, the set crew and the co-stars built. Completely necessary, but I felt so bogged in detail and procedure that I quite literally just skimmed pages looking for the next rung in the plot.

What kept me reading was the stellar writing. I felt so close to Faye, felt her frustration and her helplessness and her desperate need to do something. Not to mention the downslide to the final scenes in the book were a tremendous hook. I ended up reading straight through from about 65% to the (awesome) end.

This is the kind of book where you’re reading and talking out loud to the characters and rolling your eyes and grunting at the action in the scene. That is to say that I was immersed and entertained.

Weak points for sure but nothing that I want to be petty enough to complain about in a public review. I think if you enjoyed Hush Little Baby, No Ordinary Life is a great followup.

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