As a social worker, Ellen Moore is regrettably familiar with the types of abuse adults can inflict on children. She’s seen burns, bruises, and deeper, psychological scars. Ellen’s casework has always bled into her home life as she plans routes to home visits while cooking breakfast or wakes up from a nightmare about one of her most violent cases. After Ellen accidentally leaves her one-year-old daughter in the family’s minivan during the hottest day of the year, Ellen finds herself on the other side of the law. Slapped with the liabilities that accompany such a terrible accident, Ellen is forced to confront the very system she knows so well. An unlikely ally enters her life, and Ellen’s mission to rebuild her relationships with her family, friends, and colleagues might be within her grasp. A story of motherhood, guilt, and redemption, Little Mercies examines our deepest fears and highest hopes. Gudenkauf’s prose is searingly raw, as Ellen’s confusion, guilt, and pain are laid bare. Thrilling and emotionally tender, this novel, with its driving pace, will appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline and Jodi Picoult. --Stephanie Turza
"Gudenkauf's prose is searingly raw....Thrilling and emotionally tender, this novel, with its driving pace, will appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline and Jodi Picoult."
"Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a novel."
-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author, on The Weight of Silence
"A tense and profoundly emotional story...told with compassion and honesty. Heather Gudenkauf skillfully weaves an explosive tale of suspense and ultimately, the healing power of love."
-Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author on The Weight of Silence
"Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this."
-Red magazine on The Weight of Silence
"Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful."
-Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author, on The Weight of Silence
"A tale so chillingly real, it could have come from the latest headlines."
-Publishers Weekly on These Things Hidden, starred review
"Heather Gudenkauf has captured heart-wrenching emotion and spilled it out on the pages of her moving novel.... A remarkable story."
-Fresh Fiction on These Things Hidden
"One Breath Away takes the reader on an electrifying ride.... I dare you to forget it."
-Elizabeth Flock, New York Times bestselling author
"I have burns on my fingers from turning the pages too fast."
-Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author, on One Breath Away