Gracie’s Secret BY JILL CHILDS

By | June 26, 2018

Gracie’s Secret:




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This story is told through the eyes of Jen, so as I began to find out what had happened in a very unbiased way, but then I saw how Jen’s mind interpreted them. Oh boy did I cringe at times? There is an element of the supernatural to this story as well, whether you like this sort of thing or not it is necessary.
It is very clever with different elements being popped in all the way through then it goes a lot deeper than ever you can imagine.
Then shocked me over and over as the story worked its way to the end, something that I was half guessing so didn’t want to get there.
This is a beautifully written book that many people will be able to connect with on so many levels. Some people just get stuck in the past. While others find ways to move on but never forget. A very sad story and extremely emotive. When Jen’s three-year-old daughter is involved in a horrific car accident, Jen knows who to blame.
Jen’s emotions are still very raw from her husband, and father of Gracie, leaving them to go make a new life with Ella and Ella had been driving the car when the accident happened. Little Gracie had to be resuscitated and isn’t quite the little girl that she was before the accident. What she tells her mummy sets Jen on a one-track mission to expose Ella and the secrets she is hiding.




Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years traveling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours. If you’ve enjoyed reading one of Jill’s books, please do leave.




I read the synopsis of this book and I just knew that I had to read it. It sounded just my cup of tea. I was not to be disappointed because I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
The majority of the book is narrated by Jen, who is the proud mother of Gracie. But then she gets a phone call that every parent dreads, it was the hospital to say that Gracie had an accident and that she was in a critical condition, not knowing what had happened Jen rushes to the hospital as fast as she could, only to be told that Little Gracie had to be resuscitated and that she was in a coma, which she wakes up from. Jen very rarely left Gracie’s bedside and when she did when she was only a phone call away. I think I should stop here, have I don’t wont to give away to much of this brilliant book. However, let me tell you what other’s think I felt empathy with Jen and there were several times when I wanted to jump inside the pages of the book and give her a hug. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story from the first word on the first page. That certainly happened to me. By the time I had finished reading, I really did feel as though I had been through an emotional wringer. I didn’t cry but I wasn’t far off as I kept putting myself in Jen’s position and on more than one occasion I felt a lump in my throat.




I have to say that I really did enjoy reading ‘Gracie’s Secret’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I found it hard to believe that this was the author’s debut novel as the story, the characters and the writing were so polished and so good.

2 thoughts on “Gracie’s Secret BY JILL CHILDS

  1. Susan

    I have not had the pleasure of reading this book yet; but with this review, I will be purchasing the book. Gracie’s Secret sounds like the type of Novel with the right combination of suspense, drama, love, and heartache. Most people would think that odd but those books are the ones I cannot put down. I read them completely from beginning to end usually all in the same day because I just have to know the ending. Thank you for the amazing review without it I do not know the title would have been enough to catch my attention.

    1. john bicknell

      thanks for the comment, i have read this book myself, you can get it from my website


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