Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing and featuring in an author spotlight for Suzanne Redfearn, debut author of Hush Little Baby.
Today, I post my review of Hush Little Baby (and have a special treat for readers of Traveling With T!
Hush Little Baby
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Look at them. Picture perfect family. Loving. Happy. Mom-perfectly put together. Dad- loving and caring. Kids- happy and thriving. Look closer. Look beyond what they want you to see. Some monsters live under the bed. Some, though, live out in the open- living, breathing, kind and gentle. Until the door is closed, the windows are covered and the monster can show it’s true colors. This is the story of a monster.
Jillian Kane lives a life that looks perfect on the outside- she is a well-respected architect, has every creature comfort she could want, 2 beautiful children, and a husband who appears to adore her. Inside, Jill is dying a slow and terrible death- all at the hands of her wonderful looking husband. Gordon is abusive- not just physically, but emotionally. Gordon beats Jill, is horribly abusive to her- and yet Jill stays. She doesn’t tell. She hides the bruises. Why? Her 2 kids.
One day, though, Jill begins to realize that Gordon will kill her. He will kill her and he will get away with it. Jillian knows then that she must get away- she must get her kids from him. Jillian does not under-estimate Gordon on his level of violence- but his smart and cunning ways, she does. Systematically, Gordon has painted Jillian as the bad mother- he used her vanity against her, her questioning of her motherhood skills- he even used a time that he almost killed her against Jillian.
When Jillian begins to realize that she has nothing to lose, absolutely nothing- she does the thing that no one expects- she takes the kids. She runs. She knows that if she is found- she’ll not live long. Gordon will make sure her punishment is brutal and permanent. But Jillian knows that if she is to even have a chance at a happy life- she, and the children have got to get away from Gordon.
Hush Little Baby tells the story of a mother who is pushed to the limit. A mother who knows that she has 2 choices- stay and be killed or run and hope for a better life. Hush Little Baby tells the story of a mother, a woman who makes a desperate choice- a choice that was made after her back was pushed against the wall. Does Jillian live to tell her tale? Or like so many others- is her tale silenced by a man who promised to love, honor and cherish her for the rest of their lives?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts
Hush Little Baby is a quick, engrossing tale- a tale that will make you wonder about life behind the perfect picture. Short chapters, tension filled scenes- a book that is discussable. Suzanne Redfearn does an excellent job of showing off Gordon’s Jekyl and Hyde sides; as well as the creation of Jillian- her victim side. However, Suzanne does not make Jillian one-dimensional as only a victim- she shows the sides of Jillian that led a town to believe in Gordon and to question Jillian.
Believable, interesting and worth a read- Hush Little Baby should be put on the to be read list.
*Giveaway: I have 1 copy of Hush Little Baby to give to a lucky commenter! Comment on this post for a chance to win! Please leave your email (You may use the AT and DOT). Giveaway is open to US only (sorry!) Oh and did I mention that it will be a SIGNED book?! Giveaway begins October 15th and ends October 24th at 11:59pmEST. Winner will be notified October 25th.