Sometimes, one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…
As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children. That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery. But with a blink of an eye - with one small mistake - Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for. Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her.
Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but good-for-nothing father since her mother left them. When her father decides to pack their belongings and move to a new state, Jenny thinks she might be on the road to a better life. But soon she finds herself on her own, forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. Evading police and the social system, Jenny finds refuge with a kind-hearted waitress. The last thing she needs is a social worker, but when Ellen and Jenny's lives collide unexpectedly, little do they know just how much they can help one another.
Praise for Heather Gudenkauf:
‘This will have you gripped until the last page’ – Closer
‘Deeply moving and lyrical’ – Company
‘A memorable read’ – Sunday Express
‘totally gripping’ – Marie Claire
‘Set to become a bookclub staple’ – The Guardian
'Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this' - Red
'Gudenkauf’s prose is searingly raw… Thrilling and emotionally tender, this novel, with its driving pace, will appeal to fans of…Jodi Picoult.' - Booklist
‘This gripping novel is moving and thought-provoking’ -Heat
‘Emotionally-charged’ -My Weekly
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