Sometimes, one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…

As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all – the vilest acts one person can commit against another. The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children. That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery. But with a blink of an eye – with one small mistake – Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for. Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but good-for-nothing father since her mother left them. When her father decides to pack their belongings and move to a new state, Jenny thinks she might be on the road to a better life. But soon she finds herself on her own, forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. Evading police and the social system, Jenny finds refuge with a kind-hearted waitress. The last thing she needs is a social worker, but when Ellen and Jenny’s lives collide unexpectedly, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

Firstly a huge thank you to Shane at Mira for sending me a copy to review .

I haven’t read any of this ladys books but after reading this one I will be sure to check those out!

This arrived yesterday whilst out and as soon as I opened the package I knew it had to be read there and then  so I read this within one evening .

The cover and title draw you in an you can tell its going to be a chilling read.

This book is amazing and gripping I literally couldn’t put it down.

It questions motherhood and trust and shows how one mistake can have a huge aftermath.

I really felt for ellen and everything she went through and thought it was such a clever concept of the tables being turned !!

I enjoyed the 2 stories running next to each other and how they entwined as you read on.

The grandmother was such a great character and I think we all could do with her when we are in need of comfort food and hugs .

Just a brilliant tense thought provoking chilling and emotional read .



‘Gudenkauf’s prose is searingly raw… Thrilling and emotionally tender, this novel, with its driving pace, will appeal to fans of…Jodi Picoult.’ – Booklist




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