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.