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Freedom’s Child by Jax Miller

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 368 Pages.

Published: 31 December 2015 by HarperCollins

Edition: 0

ISBN: 0007595913

EAN: 9780007595914

A heart-stopping debut thriller about a woman named Freedom, who will stop at nothing to save the daughter she only knew for two minutes and seventeen seconds. Call me what you will: a murderer, a cop killer, a fugitive, a drunk...There's a lot people don't know about Freedom Oliver. They know she works at the local bar. They know she likes a drink or two. What they don't know is that Freedom is not her real name. That she has spent the last eighteen years living under Witness Protection, after being arrested for her husband's murder. They don't know that she put her two children up for adoption, a decision that haunts her every day. Then Freedom's daughter goes missing, and everything changes. Determined to find her, Freedom slips her handlers and heads to Kentucky where her kids were raised. No longer protected by the government, she is tracked by her husband's sadistic family, who are thirsty for revenge. But as she gets closer to the truth, Freedom faces an even more dangerous threat. She just doesn't know it yet.

Reviews

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A one-off read. Quick and easy

The writing style of this book is very "in your face", especially the bits that are told from the point of view of the main character Freedom/Nessa. She is a difficult woman with some real problems including drinking too much, starting fights and swearing. It is obvious from the beginning that she has experienced trauma in her life and that she is struggling to cope with things from her past. As the book progresses we see, via flashbacks, what has happened and we also realise with Freedom that she has to take some action now.

If you can get on with the writing style there is some good stuff in this book. The problem for me was that there was too much stuff. The narrative moved around from character to character and from first to third person and the plot had criminal gangs, religious cults, missing children, secret identities, and family feuds amongst other rather tired plot devices. It was all a bit messy but it was readable enough and I did finish it.

This is a quick and easy enough read. If you don't mind the brash style and disengage your brain you will enjoy it but you won't remember it or dwell on any of the issues raised afterwards.

 
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