Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn
Grand Central Publishing October 8, 2013
Review written by Judy Walters, author of Child of Mine, 2013, and the forthcoming The Opposite of Normal, 2014
Thank you, Anita, for the opportunity to review this book!
Jillian Kane is the woman we all want to be. A successful architect making a lot of money, she has a loving, supportive police officer husband who is very involved in raising their two children, an eight year old son and four year old daughter. But beneath the perfect exterior, Jillian Kane — a victim of domestic violence — is losing her mind.
After years of serious beatings from her often drunk, always vicious husband, Jillan wants — no, she needs — to get out. But she has no idea how. If she initiates a divorce, Gordon will destroy her, he will take away her children, so it seems that she has to stay with him.
But she can’t do it anymore and finally, she hatches a plan to leave — and to stay alive.
This was a fast, exciting read. I love a book that I can’t put down, and I could not put this down. I love real characters, and Jillian and Gordon are very real. They could be your next door neighbors, they could be the perfect couple you admire at school functions. And Redfearn does an excellent job of painting the cruel abuse scene, of creating memorable characters, from Jillian and Gordon themselves to the interesting people Jillian encounters as she attempts to get away from her husband, to her children, the most innocent of all victims.
From page one, this will grab you and won’t let you put it down.
Hush Little Baby has just been announced as part of Target’s Emerging Authors Program, congratulations to Suzanne.