Hush Little Baby

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers 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. Jill Kane—much-sought-after architect who’s just turned 40—has two small children, Addie and Drew, with her cop husband, Gordon. The outwardly happy family lives in the touristy resort city of Laguna Beach, Calif. Privately, however, Jill has endured Gordon’s alcohol-fueled abusiveness for nine years. When her “consummate psychopath” husband threatens to kill her and their two children, Jill files for divorce. The cunning Gordon legally outmaneuvers her to gain sole custody of their children. With Gordon becoming increasingly threatening, Jill rounds up Addie and Drew and flees north to a small town outside of Spokane, Wash., where Jill waits tables at a rustic diner. Events hurtle along with great urgency to a rousing climax. A smart, suspenseful debut. Agent: Nick Ellison, Nicholas Ellison Agency. (Oct.)
Alyson Noël
"Using beautifully nuanced prose and taut pacing, Redfearn skillfully weaves a gripping tale about the dark side of suburbia, where appearances rule, perception is everything, and the lines between good and evil are often blurred. This is top-notch storytelling!"
Heather Gudenkauf
"Chillingly realistic and pulsating with suspense, this deftly told story will leave you breathless."
Anita Hughes
"Hush Little Baby is a gripping exploration of psychological warfare between husband and wife. Redfearn's writing is addictive, and her plot twists kept me up all night. A brilliant and harrowing read!"
Jane Porter
"Hush Little Baby is a brilliant debut. Powerful and compelling. Impossible to forget."
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
"The UPS man delivers so very many books for my show, but then Hush Little Baby arrived. I can't remember the last time I was so pulled in by a novel. From the very first paragraph, the author's voice entranced me--I hardly noticed the pages whizzing by. Suzanne Redfearn is a welcome new author."
Alyson Noël
"Using beautifully nuanced prose and taut pacing, Redfearn skillfully weaves a gripping tale about the dark side of suburbia, where appearances rule, perception is everything, and the lines between good and evil are often blurred. This is top-notch storytelling!"
RT Book Reviews
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! 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."
BookBinge.com
"Having recently read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Lie Still by Julie Heaberlin, I was thinking that the chance of finding another book that would have me sitting on the edge of my seat, practically holding my breath, was pretty close to nil. I am pleased to say I was wrong. Hush Little Baby is the type of book that you don't put down. "
From the Publisher
"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."—Publishers Weekly

"A compelling tale of the deceit, violation and anguish that undergird the myth of suburbia. 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."—Kirkus Reviews

"Having recently read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Lie Still by Julie Heaberlin, I was thinking that the chance of finding another book that would have me sitting on the edge of my seat, practically holding my breath, was pretty close to nil. I am pleased to say I was wrong. Hush Little Baby is the type of book that you don't put down. "—BookBinge.com

"Chillingly realistic and pulsating with suspense, this deftly told story will leave you breathless."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! 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."—RT Book Reviews

"Using beautifully nuanced prose and taut pacing, Redfearn skillfully weaves a gripping tale about the dark side of suburbia, where appearances rule, perception is everything, and the lines between good and evil are often blurred. This is top-notch storytelling!"—Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals series, The Riley Bloom series, & The Soul Seekers series

"Hush Little Baby is a gripping exploration of psychological warfare between husband and wife. Redfearn's writing is addictive, and her plot twists kept me up all night. A brilliant and harrowing read!"—Anita Hughes, author of Market Street

"Hush Little Baby is a brilliant debut. Powerful and compelling. Impossible to forget."—Jane Porter, bestselling author of the Brennan Sisters Trilogy

"The UPS man delivers so very many books for my show, but then Hush Little Baby arrived. I can't remember the last time I was so pulled in by a novel. From the very first paragraph, the author's voice entranced me—I hardly noticed the pages whizzing by. Suzanne Redfearn is a welcome new author."—Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, host of "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM in Southern California, and author of Pen on Fire, a Los Angeles Times bestseller

Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Jill Kane lives in a suburban dystopia. Beneath the Little League games, the lovingly packed school lunches, the manicured lawns and scrubbed kitchen floors lie the family secrets. Working hard to maintain the facade of the perfect family, Jill is a talented architect who has risen to become the youngest vice president of Harris Development, the third largest design firm in the nation. Her husband, Gordon, is a well-respected cop, a devoted father to 8-year-old Drew and 4-year-old Addie, and a violently abusive husband. Afraid and ashamed, Jill hides bruises beneath her expensive blouses, popping emergency contraception after each attack. The pressure builds until Jill bolts. Her flight--and the reawakening of her affair with Jeffrey, a client--provokes even more persecution from Gordon. Jill swiftly finds herself battling not only for custody of her children, but also for her own reputation, as Gordon exploits his power within the police force to cast doubts upon her sobriety, as well as her fitness to parent. More sinisterly, Jeffrey turns up dead. Briefly finding refuge within a remote Native American community, Jill realizes that she cannot endanger others to protect herself and her children any longer. To truly escape Gordon's control, she will have to destroy Gordon's reputation, and her best friend, Connor, in-house counsel for Harris Development, is eager to conspire. Complicating matters, though, are her new pregnancy and a devastating diagnosis. 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 undergird the myth of suburbia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455573202
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 400,786
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Redfearn

Suzanne Redfearn is a summa cum laude graduate 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2014

    Very good

    Great read. Love it. I love how the mother was flawed and redemmed also. Dont miss this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Loved this book

    Loved this book. First book read by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Grreat but disturbing

    One of those books you do not want to put down. An excellent inside view into domestic violence. Reminder of how easy it is to potray happiness while hiding tragic circumstances. A reminder not to judge.
    A quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Loved the book! What a great story! I could not put the book dow

    Loved the book! What a great story! I could not put the book down until I was done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Really enjoyed!

    Held my interest, couldn't put it down, hated for it to end.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    Hush Little Baby is one of the most intense books I have read.Th

    Hush Little Baby is one of the most intense books I have read.This book will have you so emotionally invested in the lives of the Kane family. The storyline is so intense and compelling, that it was impossible not to be vested in the character's lives. I found myself holding my breath as I was reading the hospital encounter between Jillian and Gordon.




    I look forward to reading more of Suzanne Redfearn's writing. It was a bold move to tackle domestic violence in her first book, and by gosh did it work for her. This is one of the best books that I have read this year. I am looking forward to her next read. I will have to highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I was so excited to receive Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn in the mail because guess what!  She autographed it for me!  Don't you love when authors autograph their books for you?  It's just a fabulous added bonus!

    Originally I was iffy about reading Hush Little Baby because for some reason I had it in my head that it was a chick lit book.  That is not the case at all!

    Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn is a thriller about a woman named Jill who has a seemingly perfect life.  She has two amazing kids, a fabulous job that she is very good at, and a handsome husband named Gordon.

    But looks can be deceiving, we all know that!

    Gordon is an abusive husband, both physically and emotionally.  Jill is too terrified to leave.  Or is she?

    What will happen if Jill leaves?  Gordon has threaten to kill her. . . will he do just that?  And what happens with their two kids?

    I really enjoyed reading Hush Little Baby.  I love how the ending doesn't wrap up as neatly as you expect it might.

    The only thing I really disliked, and this has stuck in my head because it bugged me, was that Jill compared the fear of leaving her abusive husband to the fear the people must have felt when headed towards certain death/genocide.  She wondered why people during a genocide went quietly to their deaths and didn't run or try to escape, and compared that to the paralyzing fear she felt when thinking of leaving her husband, who had threatened to kill her.

    Both situations are bad and both are inflicted upon people who have little to no say about how to respond.  However, something about comparing a physically abusive marriage to starvation/brutal death of masses such as during a genocide just rubbed me the wrong way.

    That was a very minimal comment, and it was the only time during the book that Jill, or the book itself, bothered me in any way.  In fact, it's probably a comment most people would never even notice, but being Jewish, it affected me.

    Also, Jill was kind of passive for a good chunk of the book.  Sometimes I wanted to shake her!  Even when she wanted to leave, it was more his doing than hers.  I can't say more without giving anything away.

    But luckily she wasn't a weakling for the entire book, she stepped it up and made decisions on her own, too, which I liked.  I love reading about strong women!

    Who is one of your favorite strong fictional women in literature?

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

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    There are very few books that tug at my heart string while preve

    There are very few books that tug at my heart string while preventing me from turning the page. This debut novel, Hush Little Baby, by Suzanne Redfearn pulled me in from the opening pages. Domestic violence is a sensitive matter that should not be exaggerated, yet taken seriously. Fortunately, I am not a victim of domestic violence but am familiar with how it affects victims and brings shame to families. But this prior knowledge in no way prepared me for the story of Jillian Kane.

    You never know what goes on behind closed doors. To outsiders, Jillian had a picture perfect life: happily married, successful career and two children. In reality, Jillian hid bruises inflicted by her abusive husband for the past nine years. Of course she desperately wanted to flee. But she feared for her life and the safety of her young children.

    Hush Little Baby is what I call a reluctant read. The story is good but I was afraid of what I would read on the next page. Would the main character survive? Will she successfully escape the abuse? Will her children be okay? I just had so many questions that I was reluctant to read the answers to. I believe the author realized readers may have this same reaction and paced the events in the book well. I look forward to reading more of Suzanne Redfearn's writing. It was a bold move to tackle domestic violence in a debut book, and Suzanne pulled it off. Bookhearts, add Hush Little Baby to your reading lists or recommend to your book clubs.

    Literary Marie of Precision Reviews

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    Loved this story of one brave mom-quick read and a great story.

    Loved this story of one brave mom-quick read and a great story. Hope there are more books in the works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    I loved, loved, loved this book. I hope she writes another novel

    I loved, loved, loved this book. I hope she writes another novel soon. It's like Jodi Picoult combined with Gillian Flynn!!! An awesome combination of human struggle and suspense.

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