Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard @JoannaBarnard76 @EburyPublishing #bookreview

Happy Sunday everyone- are you melting yet? It feels like a day for just sitting and reading doesn’t it? We’ll I’ve got another review of a book that’s been on my sagging Netgalley shelf for too long!

My thanks to Ebury Digital for my e-copy of Hush Little Baby that I received through Netgalley.

The Blurb

When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide…

What Did I Think?

What a nightmare! An unexplained injury to a innocent little baby and suddenly your world is turned upside down! Baby taken away, life under total scrutiny, supervised visits not to mention, how did the little one get injured?! Oooooofff!!!

The Townsend family are dysfunctional to say the least. Mum Sally is trying her damnedest to be the perfect mum with stroppy teenager stepdaughter Martha and what I could only describes arse of a husband Richard to deal with as well as ickle baby Oliver. But Oliver got hurt, no one knows (aka is admitting) how so he’s taken to his grandparents (Sally’s in laws). I don’t know about you but having my baby taken away and only seeing him under the watchful eye of a social worker is my idea of a nightmare. Don’t think it helps there is friction between Sally and the in laws!

Barnard’s writing kept me engrossed in this tense domestic based thriller. I couldn’t work out what had happened to baby Oliver and who was covering this tragedy. I really felt for Sally’s predicament. As a mum myself, I couldn’t bear to be in that situation, knowing that someone I love could possibly have injured my child. As the story developed I felt unnerved by all this involved – who could possibly have hurt Oliver? Such an innocent wee thing.

Hush Little Baby kept me on edge throughout. The cast of characters made me distrust each of them which kept me on my toes right to the end.

Who Is Joanna Barnard?

Joanna Barnard works as a counsellor. In 2014, she won the inaugural Bath Novel Award. A Northerner currently exiled in the South of England, Joanna misses flat vowels, friendly bus drivers and chips and gravy.

She is the author of Precocious and Hush Little Baby.