Thursday, August 19, 2021

Review - I Let Him In

Title:  I Let Him In
Author Jill Childs
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Woman's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   298
Date of Publication:   August 17, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

Last night I dreamt about the past for the first time in years. I thought I was over it. I thought I’d finally learned to block it out. But I’m right back there, all over again, inside the house, and I’m afraid...

When Louise Taylor is hit by a car as she cycles home in the rain following a fight with her boyfriend, she’s left hurt, confused, and housebound in her cramped apartment while she recovers. And worse, something tells her it wasn’t an accident.

Desperate to keep busy and distract herself from the flashbacks to her childhood that are beginning to resurface, she hires Edward – a friend of a friend – to repaint her shabby living room and, hopefully, keep the past at bay.

But when Edward arrives – quiet, considerate and handsome – Lou instantly feels like they’ve met before, that she can trust him. Tired of carrying the guilt alone after all these years, Lou tells Edward her secret. And to her surprise, he doesn’t pull away. He doesn’t gasp, or grimace or preach about what she did. And Lou is so relieved to finally be free of this burden at last.

Until she learns that Edward has a secret of his own. One he’s been waiting a very, very long time to tell...

A gripping domestic drama from a USA Today bestselling author full of twists and turns, and with a very unexpected ending. Fans of Amanda Prowse, Kerry Fisher and Jodi Picoult won’t be able to stop turning the pages.


Louise Taylor is a travel writer, about to embark on a trip to Chile with fellow journalists. Her trip is waylaid when she is struck in a hit-and-run accident and finds herself homebound while recovering from a broken leg. Eager for something to keep her occupied, her sister Jo encourages her to go ahead and get her apartment repainted, something Louise simply has not had time to do. When a victim support officer comes to talk to her after her accident, Louise casually mentions her idea of decorating. The officer, Tanya, recommends a family friend named Edward.

Slowly, Louise and Edward begin to get to know one another during his long days of working in her apartment. One thing disturbs Louise about Edward. She gets the uncanny feeling that they have met before. Before long, Louise feels comfortable enough to share a long-buried secret with Edward. He indicates that he has a secret of his own. Are they kindred spirits?

I was completely drawn into this emotionally riveting story by Jill Childs. Then there was one of the most shocking twists I have ever come across. This story of second chances is one I'll not soon forget. In fact, it is my favorite of her books thus far, and one my favorite of this month and one of my top books for 2021. I cried more than once while reading this story and there are no words to say how moved I was by the emotionally-riveting conclusion.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review.This is my honest opinion.


Jill always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent thirty years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She's now made her home in south-west London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she's covered everything from earthquakes and floods, wars and riots, she's decided some of the most extraordinary stories are right here at home - in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets just like yours.

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