Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Freedom's Child ~ Jax Miller

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553446878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553446876

Freedom Oliver has plenty of secrets.  She lives in a small Oregon town and keeps mostly to herself.  Her few friends and neighbors know she works at the local biker bar; they know she gets arrested for public drunkenness almost every night; they know she’s brash, funny, and fearless.  

What they don’t know is that Freedom Oliver is a fake name.  They don’t know that she was arrested for killing her husband, a cop, twenty years ago.  They don’t know she put her two kids up for adoption.  They don’t know that she’s now in witness protection, regretting ever making a deal with the Feds, and missing her children with a heartache so strong it makes her ill.

Then, she learns that her daughter has gone missing, possibly kidnapped.  Determined to find out what happened, Freedom slips free of her handlers, gets on a motorcycle, and heads for Kentucky, where her daughter was raised.  As she ventures out on her own, no longer protected by the government, her troubled past comes roaring back at her: her husband’s vengeful, sadistic family; her brief, terrifying stint in prison; and the family she chose to adopt her kids who are keeping dangerous secrets. 

Written with a ferocious wit and a breakneck pace, Freedom’s Child is a thrilling, emotional portrait of a woman who risks everything to make amends for a past that haunts her still.

My take on this book:
Freedom's Child was a book that I struggled to read. Freedom Oliver is a tough character to like. She did something that not only caused her to go into the witness protection program, she also gave up her children for adoption. That didn't keep her from missing them, so when she learns that her daughter is missing she becomes determined to figure out what happened.
I just couldn't connect with the characters in this story. There was a varied selection of characters, and most of them seemed like they came from a bad episode of Jerry Springer. Skinheads, meth heads with rotten teeth. I think the author does a good job of allowing the reader to visualize the characters and the plot does move along pretty well, for me though there was nothing that held me to the plot. I didn't care what happened one way or the other and found myself often skimming the story to just make it to the end. Overall not really a book for me.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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