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Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
  

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A cracking book, a real page-turner, edge-of-your-seat stuff concerning Ellen Moore, a conscientious, devoted social worker who has helped numerous children and their families. On an emergency call she unknowingly leaves her own baby daughter in a car and is subsequently charged with neglect and possible manslaughter. The American legal system decides to throw the book at her and use her as an example … and so her nightmare begins. Sensitive, heart-wrenching, with a harrowing court case at its centre, this is first rate.

If you like Heather Gudenkauf you might also like to read books by Jodi Picoult, Elisabeth Hyde and Anne Berry.

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Synopsis

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

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

About the Author

Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence. Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment, Heather tended to use books as a retreat and escape the world around her. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th July 2014

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Heather Gudenkauf

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Publisher

Mira an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781848453104

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