Author: Jill Childs
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
No. of Pages: 320
Date Published: March 5, 2019
My rating: 5 Stars
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.
An emotional page-turner that will take your breath away. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Kerry Fisher.
Jennifer's daughter Gracie was in an accident that left her in a brief coma. Jennifer is furious because her ex-husband's girlfriend Ella was driving and her ex wasn't even with them. Jennifer is a caring, very protective mother and prays vigorously for Gracie's recovery. They are blessed, because Gracie does get better. Jennifer is very happy, but notices that Gracie now seems different. This articulate, nearly four-year-old tries to convince her that she saw things when she was going "to sleep".
Why did this accident happen? What is really going on with Ella that there had to be such a terrible accident? Watch out for Ella as there are startling things about her that you will read about. But not just Ella, though. Because there is Matt. He and Jennifer become very close. Does Jennifer finally have the chance at happiness that she and Gracie needs? Also, Gracie is a child that needs listening to.
From an emotional standpoint, I was completely hooked. I felt the angst that Jennifer had with Gracie's comments and behavior. Jennifer's point of view was quite powerful to read. For some reason, I was very cautious about Matt. This book was utterly impossible to put down! Wow! I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I was quite enthralled with this very intriguing story. It is truly an intense psychological thriller. While reading Gracie's Secret, my interest was piqued from the very start to the shocking conclusion! Jill Childs writes a stunning debut novel. She is an author that I certainly will watch for in the future.
Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC to review, which was in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewer's note; This review was previously posted in June, 2018, when the book was released by another publisher. This is the Trade Paperback release from Forever Books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jill has always loved writing - real and imaginary - and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She's now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she's covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she's found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home - in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.
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