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Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016.
A woman sheltered in the Witness Protection Programme for the almost justified murder of her cop husband twenty years ago discovers that one of the children she had to put up for adoption has gone missing, possibly kidnapped. Now a hopeless drunk and a soul with no hope left, she finds her vocation and redemption for past sins in savagely hunting down whoever is responsible, whilst confronting her troubled past. A humdinger of a flawed heroine and a gallery of colourful, imperfect characters spanning every shade from black to grey populate her breakneck quest. A tale of the ties that bind families together in spite of adversity, this is a novel that will tug at the heartstrings while holding you hooked its fast-paced plot. Definitely a keeper. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
The Lovereading view...
With a hammer hitting hard prologue, this intensely powerful thriller starts, continues and finishes with provocative words and action. Set in the USA, a mother surfaces from a witness protection program and races to find and save her child. Freedom is a truly distinctive and remarkable character, it takes a little while to get to her know her, to ease into step alongside her, her fractured yet defiant soul is announced with every word she speaks. With a strong cast of characters, some positively loathsome, others a well needed determined and steadfast, the author keeps the plot incredibly taut and dynamic. Jax Miller has written a stimulating and excitingly different debut novel, ‘Freedom’s Child’ sets itself firmly apart from the masses and stands brilliantly and defiantly alone. ~ Liz Robinson
January 2016 Debut of the Month.
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
A heart-stopping debut thriller about a woman named Freedom, who will stop at nothing to save the daughter she only knew for two minutes and seventeen seconds. Call me what you will: a murderer, a cop killer, a fugitive, a drunk...There's a lot people don't know about Freedom Oliver. They know she works at the local bar. They know she likes a drink or two. What they don't know is that Freedom is not her real name. That she has spent the last eighteen years living under Witness Protection, after being arrested for her husband's murder. They don't know that she put her two children up for adoption, a decision that haunts her every day. Then Freedom's daughter goes missing, and everything changes. Determined to find her, Freedom slips her handlers and heads to Kentucky where her kids were raised. No longer protected by the government, she is tracked by her husband's sadistic family, who are thirsty for revenge. But as she gets closer to the truth, Freedom faces an even more dangerous threat. She just doesn't know it yet.
Closing date: 22/05/2019
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'A terrific read from a powerful new voice '
'Original, compelling and seriously recommended.'
'Seldom has a literary creation bounced off the page with as much raw vitality ... one of the standout debuts of the year'
'There's a reckless power to Miller's untamed prose... And sometimes she's just plain amazing'
New York Times
'Crackles with intensity, keeping the reader gripped'
'Chilling ... A compelling read, but don't expect to get a good night's sleep afterwards'
Sunday Times (Ireland)
'A propulsive, full-throttle tale of revenge and redemption'
'It's fast, it's furious and it takes no prisoners'
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
'Jax Miller brings a unique strong female voice to the crime-thriller genre. A breath of fresh air.'
'A relentless and fiercely compelling debut. Freedom's Child will hold you captive until the very last page'
'Freedom's Child isn't just a great debut, it's a great book with one of the most angry, complex and compelling heroines this side of a certain girl with a certain tattoo'
'I loved it. Such an original new voice'
Publication date: 31/12/2015
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 30/07/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||31st December 2015|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
Jax Miller was born in New York in 1985. She started writing Freedom's Child while travelling around America on the back of a motorcycle and finished it in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside. Within 24 hours of writing 'The End' she had been signed up by a literary agent, and a few days later she had a publishing deal. Freedom's Child is Jax's debut novel and will be published in over a dozen languages. She lives in Ireland with her husband. Author photo © Barry McCallMore About Jax Miller