Gracie's Secret by Jill Childs
ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Forever
About the Book:
My dearest daughter, I will never forget the day I nearly lost you. The day you learned the secrets that would tear our lives apart. Time stops for Jen when her beloved daughter, Gracie, is involved in a terrible car crash. After the little girl is pronounced dead at the scene, it's a miracle when paramedics manage to then resuscitate her. The relief Jen feels at Gracie's recovery is matched only by her fury at the driver of the car-her ex-husband's new girlfriend, Ella. Jen has never trusted Ella, and now her worst fears have been confirmed. But then Gracie begins to tell strange stories about what she heard in the car that day, and what she saw in those moments near death. It's clear that there's something shocking hidden in Ella's past...but exposing it could tear all their lives apart.
This book wasn't what I was expecting at all, and that turned out to be a very good thing. Jill Childs' demonstrates confidence as an emotion-focused author, around themes of motherhood, unconditional love and finding redemption from trauma. She has a natural ability to capture realistic dialogue, and quick characterization - you feel you understand her characters within very few chapters, as she invites you to empathize along their journey to the depths of human endurance. An admirable debut novel, I am thoroughly looking forward to Jessica's Promise!
Thank you NetGalley, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and Jill Childs for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.