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Hush Little Baby [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Redfearn
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Book Description

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.


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KIRKUS: 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. A compelling tale of the deceit, violation and anguish that undergrid the myth of suburbia.

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: 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.

RT BOOK REVIEW: Top Pick! 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.

Chillingly realistic and pulsating with suspense, this deftly told story will leave you breathless. -- Heather Gudenkauf, NYT Bestselling Author of The Weight of Silence

Beware! This psychologically astute, swiftly paced story will leave you wondering "what if" even after the last page is turned. -- Christina Schwarz, NYT Bestselling Author of Drowning Ruth

Using beautifully nuanced prose and taut pacing, Redfearn skillfully weaves a gripping tale about the dark side of suburbia. This is top-notch storytelling! -- Alyson Noël, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

From the Author

Dear Reader,

What if...? The two most provocative words in the English language, cause for endless contemplation and reflection, and the inspiration for Hush Little Baby. I'd like to start by saying that I am married to a wonderful, kind, not-abusive-in-any-way man. Like Jillian and Gordon, we have two children, a boy and a girl, and we live in the beautiful town of Laguna Beach, California. My life is good. But... what if?

What if my husband wasn't as wonderful as he appeared? This exact real-life scenario provided the premise of the novel. A friend of mine was going through a divorce. Until she separated from her husband, the two seemed like the picture of happiness, not too dissimilar from me and my husband. But the story she told over drinks one night of the abuse and cruelty she endured behind closed doors was so frightening it made me wonder how many other marriages are not what they appear.

The curveball came about a month later when we went out again and my friend's story had changed, the tale altered and now with glaring inconsistencies from the earlier version that caused an alarm to blare in my brain. What if she was making it up? Custody of the kids was at stake. Could she be setting her husband up? For over ten years I'd known her husband as a stand up guy, the baseball coach who never yelled, the neighbor who happily carted your Christmas tree home in his truck, the kind of guy who always showed up and did his part. Yet how quickly I dismissed all that based on a story over drinks, how quickly everyone dismissed it, so easily accepting that he was abusive and dangerous.

So I got to thinking how easy it is to sabotage a life, that if my husband set out to destroy me, to preemptively strike before I realized what was going on, he could do it. He knows my weaknesses, my failings, my vulnerabilities. If he had the inclination, he could easily undermine my reputation and portray me as unstable or a bad mother, ensuring that if we divorced, he'd get custody of the kids.

My friend loves her children above all else, three beautiful boys. At the time they were four, nine, and twelve, and their futures, as well as her own, hung in the balance. To this day, nearly three years later, I don't know if she was telling the truth or manufacturing lies. Either way, her story was a captivating cautionary tale that made me wonder how far someone might go to keep their spouse from getting custody of their kids and then, if the kids were in danger, real danger, how far the other spouse might go to get them back.

My life is good. My husband is a good father. I'm a good mother. Our universe orbits around our son and our daughter and either of us would do anything... anything... to protect them.

What if...? The words are chilling, don't you think?

I hope you enjoy reading the novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Sincerely,
Suzanne

Product Details

  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAXG0O6
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book of 2013 (After reading 100+) January 6, 2014
Format:Paperback
I have never read such a heart-pounding, stomach-wrenching, nail-biting, edge of my seat, can't put down thriller! I had to force myself to slow down because I was tripping over every word to get to the next.
Just like the husbands we see in Sleeping with the Enemy or Enough, Gordon is a powerful man who is viewed as a pillar of the community. His expectation of perfection manipulates every situation to his advantage while putting up a perfect facade. His wife, Jillian, believes she can control his rage by being perfect, but as a working mother, things fall through the cracks. A forgotten lunch, a missed pick-up, a child's public tantrum are all chalked up to a bad day for a regular working mom. But Gordon's keeping a list, retaliating, and leaving no loose ends. The fact that he is a cop lends an extra layer of protection to his cruelty. He has created a perfect image of himself and a very tarnished image of his wife. His abuse knows no bounds whether they be physcial, emotional, financial, or reproductive.
Society often blames the victim, asking "Well, why doesn't she just leave?" She can't leave because she is painted into a corner. When well meaning outsiders exclaim "But, there is always a way out" rarely do they know of the full set of circumstances surrounding the situation. It is impossible to make that statement if you have not been in the situation yourself. While Redfearn's novel is fiction, Jillian is walking around right under our noses every day. She's a friend or someone in your family. Sometimes her struggles come to light and she is able to change her environment, but often times when these situations come to light it is with a tragic ending.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Gripping October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hush Little Baby is one of the most intense books I have read. I actually felt afraid when I picked up my Kindle, so emotionally invested in this story that it was like I felt Gordon could jump out from the pages and be in my living room while I was reading. I was talking to my husband about it and all my friends about it, recommending everyone read this book. The storyline is so gripping, so compelling, that it was impossible not fall into the character's lives. At the end, I was so sure I was right there in the hospital with Jillian and Gordon. I think the hair on my arms were stick straight for the last four chapters, and I'm not sure I breathed all that well during them either. One of the best books I have read in 2013.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down November 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
Hush Little Baby was a fantastic, page-turning saga that not only enthralls the reader, but sheds important light on the issue of domestic violence. Suzanne Redfearn has woven a story that holds the reader in rapture wanting to find out the fate of the characters in this story. Trust me when I tell you that you'll have a difficult time setting the book aside to go about your daily routine. I'll readily admit that domestic violence sits at the far recesses of my brain, and I don't think about it until it is thrust in front of me, on the pages of a book. With shades reminiscent of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy and Enough, you'll be wishing Gordon gets his ass kicked by his wife!

Here's a synopsis: Jillian Kane is a successful architect, with a seemingly loving husband and father, Gordon. With his job as a police officer, Gordon exerts power and control over the suspects he comes across, but no one is suspicious of his actions behind closed doors. When Jillian realizes that nothing will change who Gordon really is, and that one day he was capable of killing her and taking the kids from her, she decides to make a run for it with both of her children, Drew and Addie. Does Jillian have what it takes to save herself and her children, or will Gordon ultimately triumph? "Hush Little Baby skillfully explores how desperation drives the darker impulses of human nature, even within the hearts of those who appear to have it all."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down November 2, 2013
By L. Joss
Format:Paperback
This book is a well-written, fast-paced thriller that will suck you in from the first page. Jillian is a heroine you can root for, and Gordon makes an excellent villain. Don't start reading it until you have a block of free time, because you will not want to stop once you start. I can't wait for Suzanne's next book - she is a new author to add to my list of favorites!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman overboard... January 13, 2014
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At 40, Jillian Kane seems to have it all: a handsome, kind husband; two adorable kids; a high-powered job as the youngest vice president at her architectural firm, a home in an idyllic part of California, etc. However, only she knows the truth that her husband, Gordon, is a sociopath who has been abusing her for the past nine years of their marriage - but doing so behind a charming façade that has even her mother convinced that Gordon is a saint. The last time she attempted to leave him, her father wound up having a stroke, which makes her wary of doing so again, however, when she does get up her courage to tell Gordon she wants a divorce, he's unexpectedly calm - before proceeding to bar her from her home and her children. One thing leads to another, and soon Jillian is on the run, but with two kids, no money and few allies, plus a charge of kidnapping hanging over her, how long will she be able to protect herself? And when she does confront Gordon, how can she possibly succeed in winning custody, after he's done everything to smear her reputation?

Apart from one nitpick - a hospital setting with jaw-droppingly poor security, I found the story believable and the twists, which happened all the way up to the very end, fairly plausible. Jillian is easy to root for, even with less than perfect maternal instincts, and the writer does a good job of showing how easy it is for even an intelligent woman to fall into a sociopath's trap. It's more of a road trip story than I expected, but that kept things fresh, as Jillian is forced to adjust to a much less lavish lifestyle. Her success at both finding a new life and returning to rebuild her old one are also well-done, and the ending, while extreme, does seem like the only ultimate way out for Jillian. The author does an excellent job of showing how complex the dynamics of an abusive relationship are, and how easy it is to fool the outside world. And yes, it would make an awesome movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed me
Easy, quick read that grabbed me and had me guessing what's next!! Dark at times, and has you wondering "what if?"
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I found this book to be rather scary and the author did an amazing job of highlighting how complexity of abusive relationships. Read more
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4.5 total stars. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so glad I read it--it's a stunningly astute psychological thriller about the lies we are lead to... Read more
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First book I read by this author. I found it to be very well written, loved the characters. Story line was predictable but still well written.
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This is a book about a seemingly happy family of four - hard working dad and mom with a small son and daughter. They appear to have it all. Read more
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Abuse happens so often to so many partners. It is so cruel and it takes a very strong person to do what might protect children and yourself. This book was so well written. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... words in my mind to write how much I loved this book
I'm already stumbling over the words in my mind to write how much I loved this book! From the very first few pages all the way through to the nail-biting-I-can't-bear-to-read-it... Read more
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Suzanne Redfearn graduated summa cum laude 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.

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