Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family.
Louise, Susie’s daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years – her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister Grace, who is wild and out-of-control. And Danny, Susie’s husband, adores her, but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.
When tragedy strikes the family, and a chance discovery threatens to bring the truth to light, the sisters’ relationship is put to the test as they are faced with an impossible choice…
Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher.My gratitude goes to Bookouture for the opportunity and the ARC, which I received via Netgalley.
The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher tells the story of Susie and her family. It begins in the 60s. We are introduced to Susie who is struggling with having to give up her son for adoption although it feels like she has no other choice given the circumstances that she is in. What makes her situation unique is the fact that she is a married woman with another child at home and her husband has been away with the Navy for over a year. Naturally, I was curious about the adoption. Through the chapters, readers find out the truth about what happened to lead Susie to this difficult decision.
The story is mainly narrated through Susie’s POV until the last few chapters when the POV shifts. I thought that the characters in this book were very well crafted. I loved Susie and sympathized with her even when she wasn’t a very ‘nice’ mom. Her husband Danny is so wonderful and so are her kids. My connection with this family made me really invested in the story and so this turned out to be quite an emotional read for me.
This book tackles the theme of adoption. It looks at it from two angles. The first is the parents who have to give up their kids. I liked knowing the characters and the reason behind the decision. I also liked how the author portrayed life after adoption especially for the birth mother. I felt that this portrayal was quite realistic. I could understand and sympathize with what the characters were going through. In addition, the themes covered in this book are so important. Personally, I wish I had read The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher years ago. It’s a book that made me think about certain issues in a totally different way.
As I have already mentioned, this was quite an emotional read. The story covers a long time period of almost 45 years but the author does a great job in flawlessly portraying the changes. I enjoyed seeing how the characters changed with time.
Kerry Fisher’s writing is beautiful. Through her writing, I was able to take an emotional journey with the family in the story. I celebrated and cried with them. I experienced their emotions because the author made me part of the story. It felt like I was right there with the characters. I have no doubt that this book will stay with me for a long time. The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher is a moving, well-written, addictive tale about family.
The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher is now available for purchase.
About the Author
Kerry has spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s but it wasn’t until she took some online courses with the UCLA (University of California) that the dream started to morph into reality, culminating in the publishing of The Class Ceiling. The Avon imprint of HarperCollins picked it up and retitled it The School Gate Survival Guide, published summer 2014. Her second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015. It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’. Her book, After The Lie, the story of how small lies become more toxic as they pass down the generations was published on 29 April 2016.
Best advice ever received: ‘This is fiction, we can skip the boring bits.’ Lynn Hightower, UCLA Writers’ Program.