Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review: The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher

Just for a moment, I was young and invincible again, back before I made the decision that changed the rest of my life…
Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family.  

Louise, Susie’s daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years – her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister Grace, who is wild and out-of-control. And Danny, Susie’s husband, adores her, but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage. 
When tragedy strikes the family, and a chance discovery threatens to bring the truth to light, the sisters’ relationship is put to the test as they are faced with an impossible choice…

Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Expected publication: November 29th 2017 by Bookouture 

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I literally just finished this book and I am at a loss for words. The Secret Child is the perfect example of how a traumatic event can shape and follow a person throughout the rest of their days. It is about how one moment in time can change every single part of who someone is and who they want to be. It is about family, it is about sacrifice and above all it is about love in its many shapes and forms.

The Secret Child began with Susie in a Mother and Baby home with her newborn son Edward. It showcased her struggle and her unconditional love for the boy that she would be giving away. From the very beginning it gutted me. I was emotional drawn to the story and desperate to know more. Why was she giving him away? How was it possible that her husband didn't know she was pregnant? What brought her to that point? I was mesmerised and hooked after just a few pages.

This book literally followed Susie's life from the time she gave her baby up for adoption into her golden years. It detailed her family life and the impact that her decision and lies had on her life. Every emotion was on display both within the pages and with myself as the reader. There was sadness, anger, frustration, depression as well as love, guilt and indecision.  I was a roller coaster of emotions as I turned each page but I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was an invisible part of her family and as if I was going through everything with them. For me, it is a sign of a really great book if it really makes me feel and it certainly did.

The Secret Child was a beautifully written family drama that swept from the 1960's when things were much different to present day. I don't want to say much more because I feel the less you know the better with this story. All I know is that it is going to stay with me for a very long time. It was a very emotional and thought provoking story. I would highly recommend it. This was the first book by Kerry Fisher for me but it won't be the last.

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