(86)Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfern

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hush Little Baby 

Pages: 368
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

By anyone's standards it appears as if Jillian Kane has it all.  A very successful career as an architect, two beautiful children, and a handsome husband who apparently dotes on his wife and children.  The reality is really quite different, because every time Gordon Kane walks in the door Jillian is in fear of her life. He is usually careful to not leave bruises that are visible, but the one time he nearly strangled her to death Jillian was ready to leave.  She ran to her parents house and the shock of those bruises caused her father to have a nearly fatal stroke.   Another time she planned to leave she discovered she was pregnant and she believed Gordon when he said he wouldn't do it again.  This time is different.  Gordon killed her lover and Jillian knows that she is next so she takes the kids and runs as far away as she can get. When Jillian is forced to emerge from hiding in order to save her daughter, she knows that she likely just sacrificed her life for her daughters.  Will her fears come true?  Will anyone believe her when she tries to explain that her husband is the monster, not her?

Hush Little Baby is a very compelling read that will have you riding an emotional roller coaster from start to finish.  Jillian is a very sympathetic character who has a lot of crap piled on her plate.  Any one of the things she deals with in this book would be enough to send someone over the edge, but the abuse, the weird family dynamics with her mother, her father's illness, the death of her lover, heck the affair itself, not to mention what happens to her daughter, Addie - all of it is just too much.  But never did it seem "over the top" in the story, it worked.   At the beginning of the book I found myself almost angry with Jillian for staying with Gordon, but the more I saw how Gordon used his position as a police officer as a weapon, the more I understood how difficult it was for her to leave.   I also really liked all of the supporting characters in this novel, from Jillian's lawyer, Conner to Goat and the others in Washington, they all added an element of realness to this novel.

Bottom line,  Hush Little Baby has all of the makings of a being a great book club selection.  There is even a wonderful reader's guide at the end of the book to guide discussion. While some of the subject matter may be tough to read, Hush Little Baby is a great read that will engage you from the very first page.  Looking for a great read?   Grab Hush Little Baby and get ready for one heck of a ride.

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