Hush Little Baby
By Suzanne Redfearn
(Grand Central Publishing, Paperback, 9781455573202, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Categories: Contemporary Women
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If I stay, he will kill me. If I leave, he'll destroy Addie and Drew.
Jillian Kane appears to have it all - a successful career, a gorgeous home, a loving husband, and two wonderful children. The reality behind closed doors is something else entirely. For nine years, she has hid the bruises and the truth of her abusive marriage in order to protect Addie and Drew, knowing, if she left, Gordon would destroy her-destroy them.
When, in an act of desperation, she flees, her worst nightmare is realized, and she finds herself on the run with her two young children, no money, and no plan. With Gordon in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children.
A riveting page-turner, HUSH LITTLE BABY exposes the shame and terror of domestic violence as well as the disturbing role manipulation and sabotage can play in the high-stakes game of child custody. Suspenseful and unforgettably moving, it's a novel about the unbreakable bonds of family and the astounding, terrifying devotion of a mother's love.
Suzanne Redfearn is a summa cum laude graduate from California Polytechnic University and, like her protagonist, is an architect. She is an avid surfer, golfer, skier, and Angels fan. She lives with her husband and children in California.
"This snappily paced, cinematic novel about the dysfunctional modern American family from architect and first-time author Redfearn contains heavy doses of violence, danger, and fear. Events hurtle along with great urgency to a rousing climax. A smart, suspenseful debut."
"A compelling tale of the deceit, violation and anguish that undergird the myth of suburbia. Redfearn's debut ratchets up the tension page by page, as husband and wife try to inflict the most damage on each other without harming the kids. Every character hides something, and each surprising revelation torques the plot further. The emotional and physical injuries mount, driving inexorably toward a surprising climax."
"Chillingly realistic and pulsating with suspense, this deftly told story will leave you breathless."
-Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! With clear, efficient dialogue and authentic scenes, this story rings universal. Equal parts suspenseful and moving, Redfearn's skillfully told, candid story flows easily within a well-defined plot, making this novel a stunning and captivating read."
-RT Book Reviews
"Using beautifully nuanced prose and taut pacing, Redfearn skillfully weaves a gripping tale about the dark side of suburbia, where appearances rule, perception is everything, and the lines between good and evil are often blurred. This is top-notch storytelling!"
-Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals series, The Riley Bloom series, & The Soul Seekers series
"Hush Little Baby is a gripping exploration of psychological warfare between husband and wife. Redfearn's writing is addictive, and her plot twists kept me up all night. A brilliant and harrowing read!"
-Anita Hughes, author of Market Street
"Hush Little Baby is a brilliant debut. Powerful and compelling. Impossible to forget."
-Jane Porter, bestselling author of the Brennan Sisters Trilogy
"The UPS man delivers so very many books for my show, but then Hush Little Baby arrived. I can't remember the last time I was so pulled in by a novel. From the very first paragraph, the author's voice entranced me--I hardly noticed the pages whizzing by. Suzanne Redfearn is a welcome new author."
-Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, host of "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM in Southern California, and author of Pen on Fire, a Los Angeles Times bestseller