Published by HarperCollins UK on July 30th 2015
A propulsive, raucous thriller about a woman with a troubled past who breaks free of the witness-protection program in order to save her kidnapped daughterFor eighteen years Freedom Oliver has lived in a small town in Oregon, working at a bar and drinking away her troubled past. Twenty years ago, Freedom was arrested for killing her husband and spent two years in jail (where she put her newborn daughter up for adoption) before being exonerated. She's in witness protection now, to stay hidden from her dead husband's psychotic family. With nothing to do but anonymously watch on Facebook as her kid grows up, she feels trapped, bored, and heartbroken.And then one day she reads that her daughter is missing, possibly kidnapped. Freedom slips her handlers, gets on her motorcycle, and heads for Kentucky, where her daughter was raised. No longer protected by US marshals, she is targeted and tracked by her husband's vengeful family, who are eager to make Freedom pay for his death. With nothing left to lose, Freedom risks everything to make amends for a past that haunts her still.
FREEDOM’S CHILD has a cinematic quality to its writing that allows the storytelling to take place in almost like flashes before your eyes, enabling the reader to visually play out the story with its descriptive and captivating prose.
The story of one woman and the effect she has on both herself and those around her with her headstrong, no punches pulled, approach to life, FREEDOM’S CHILD will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This book has a very unique, fresh, raw style of writing that pushes the boundaries as it touches on several brutal and taboo subjects with a harsh look at reality that promises the reader a visceral experience.
Freedom has been in witness protection for almost twenty years. Forced to give up her children and go into hiding after being sent to prison for her husband’s murder. Subsequently released and in danger of retaliation from her husband’s family, Freedom styles herself as a strong, brash woman who drowns her sorrows in the bourbon she’s supposed to be serving as bartender in the dead-end town she is forced to spend the rest of her days. When she receives word that her ex brothers-in-law have found her location and even more concerning, have uncovered her son and daughter’s whereabouts, Freedom must come out of hiding and risk everything for the children she never wanted to leave behind.
Blisteringly, fast-paced, the book serves up a heroine who is flawed, embraces the view that life isn’t black or white but very much possesses several shades of grey. A motley cast of characters support her, each with their own unique story and viewpoint that lends a little more knowledge to this misunderstood woman called Freedom. Encompassing violence, religious cults, drugs, motherhood and friendship with and emotional tenderness always at its sharp edges, FREEDOM’S CHILD is a highly charged, unrelenting thriller that is hard to put down.