Book Club: Freedom's Child

"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

4 comments

  1. Bummer this wasn't a better read- I totally know what you mean about the author biting off more than she could chew; I remember thinking this several times before when reading try-hardy type stories.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  2. I hate when I start reading a book with high expectations! The first sentence sounds scary and a little bit weird... but I do like witness protection related stories...
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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  3. It sounds like a really complex book! It's a shame it didn't live up to the hype though always bad when you get something you think you'll enjoy and you don't agree with the reviews and it's a bit of a let down!


    Away From The Blue Blog

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  4. I love an honest book review. It's always good to know what a book truly brings to the table.

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