Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ARC review: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and Jenny's lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin for the advanced reader's copy of this novel. ***

This insomniac's review:

Trust Heather Gudenkauf to write another novel that I cannot.put.down!

I admit that this was incredibly hard to read as it dealt with a very tense child neglect situation(I'm trying desperately not to give away any "twists"). It was well-written and very emotional. I admit that this is not a novel for everyone due to the emotional nature of the child abuse/neglect story lines, but it is good read if your heart is up for it.

Rating: 4 stars

Worth staying up all night:

Just try not too once the first "bomb" drops!

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