Contemporary Fiction

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf ★★★★

Ellen Moore is a seasoned social worker for the Department of Human Services who has had to make many tough, unpopular calls regarding the children she oversees. When she finds herself on the other side following tragic circumstances, Ellen has the opportunity to experience the impact of some of her past decisions. Meanwhile, 10-year old Jenny Briard suddenly finds herself alone in a strange city after being separated from her father. Her world collides with Ellen’s and Jenny cannot believe her fortune as a social worker is the last person she wants in her life.

The story takes a hard turn early on and I got hooked. I could feel Ellen’s pain and agony, Jenny’s fear and trepidation. It was heart wrenching at times, frustrating at others when confronted with the bureaucracies of the system. The alternating points of view really worked for me as I knew they’d ultimately intersect but didn’t know when or how. I liked the writing style, sparse for pace but detailed when outlining the characters and conveying the emotions of the moment.

This is my first book by the author and I’ll be looking for more of her titles.

 

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10 thoughts on “Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf ★★★★”

  1. Great review, Jonetta! This is one I haven’t read but I do have it! I have read a few by this author. I might just have to pull it out now! Glad it was a good one for you!

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