FREEDOM’S CHILD by Jax MillerFreedom's Child by Jax Miller
Published by Crown Publishing Group on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Action & Adventure, Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
ARC provided by Crown Publishing Group

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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.

I just finished reading Freedom’s Child. I am not sure how I feel about this book. One the one hand, this was a great adventure and I wanted justice for Freedom. On the other hand, Freedom was so rough around the edges and the characters were a bit extreme, so unbelievable. It was a nice break from reality, if nothing else.

So Nessa Delaney has been living in Oregon under an assumed name for the past twenty years. Going by the name Freedom Oliver, she signed away parental rights thinking she would spend life in jail for the murder of her cop husband. When her brother-in-law was found guilty two years later, she was set free but without her children and in hiding from her brother’s family. They think he is innocent and will stop at nothing to get their revenge. In Oregon, Freedom is the town drunk and carries crass like a badge of honor. When he brother-in-law is released all she can think is to keep her children safe from him, and his awful family. What she doesn’t know is that the adoptive parents may be the very people she needs to protect them from.

Setting any semblance of reality aside, this was a good book. Freedom seemed like a very broken woman and when she tells her story, I really understood why. She seems like a smart girl, so why did she get with a guy like her ex husband. Sometimes even smart people make stupid choices and can’t seem to undo things. It is hard especially when you are in an abusive relationship to figure a way out. I could see this making her a really tough character. I wanted her to succeed in her quest. I could totally imagine being so in need of drink to escape the past.

Everything else required a lot of imagination to believe. First of all, why was she under police protection? She isn’t running from the mob or anything, so it begs to question how this is even plausible. Next, why is Freedom allowed to get away with so much? She seemed like a smart person but she is super bad and even attacks a mailman. Messing with the mail is a federal offense, so it took a great stretch of the imagination to suggest she got away with it. Then, we have her totally evil husband’s family, there was only one person who was good. Everyone else was completely evil. Really? No compassion at all. How did only one turn out to be a good person? Also, the people who adopted her children are bad, too. Like seriously deranged. How did no one check to see if these adoptive children are still safe? (maybe they don’t do that, idk.)

The problems I had with this story far outweigh the good. I found coincidental meetings, jailbreaks, and unrealistic bad-assery on the part of Freedom to be too much for my imagination. So with all that, why did I give this 3 instead of 2 stars? Well, I liked the break from reality a bit. The final few chapters were pretty good and suspenseful. Also, the author left me with this sense of hope for Freedom to get a HEA. This book might appeal to you, even if it was a bit unrealistic.

My Rating

3kiss

 

About the Author

Jax Miller was born and raised in New York but currently lives in the Irish countryside. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger award for her first (unpublished) novel titled ‘The Assassin’s Keeper’ under the pseudonym Aine O Domhnaill. Jax is an avid lover of film and a self-proclaimed comic nerd.

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