"My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter." Thus begins Jax Miller's debut thriller novel. I was drawn to this book originally because reviews online said this was an action-thriller type of book that keeps the reader in suspense. Well, I like a good thriller with suspense - I loved Gone Girl after all! Unfortunately, this book did not quite live up to the hype with me.
Freedom Oliver is an alcoholic, a PTSD survivor, and a "cop-killer," or at least labeled as one to go under the witness protection program. A series of bad decisions as a young woman led her to having two children with an abusive policeman husband (whom she later killed). The dead cop's brothers (and mother) come looking for her while she goes looking for her missing daughter she gave up for adoption to a religiously extreme family (also a cult leader). If those plot lines don't sound captivating, then you won't understand why I felt I needed to pick up the book
I hate to use the term "try-hard" but that's exactly what kept popping up in my head as I was reading it. I feel the author bit off a bit more than she could chew with all of these crazy plot lines. It was a bit sad because she had the recipe for a great and exciting novel but at the end of the book, all I could feel was that the book was all plot and felt lacking in substance. It was all too much and I couldn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. It was a shame. That said, the novel's pacing was fast (which I liked) and if you're into an exciting beach read, this would be perfect.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review