Little Mercies - Helen Gudenkauf
Source: Courtesy of Mira - Thank you
Sometimes, one small mistake can have life-altering consequences...
As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children. That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery. But with a blink of an eye - with one small mistake - Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for. Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her.
Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but good-for-nothing father since her mother left them. When her father decides to pack their belongings and move to a new state, Jenny thinks she might be on the road to a better life. But soon she finds herself on her own, forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. Evading police and the social system, Jenny finds refuge with a kind-hearted waitress. The last thing she needs is a social worker, but when Ellen and Jenny's lives collide unexpectedly, little do they know just how much they can help one another.
I don't actually know what to write here. My head and heart are thumping. I can't get out of my head that this book could actually be real life. It horrifies me.
I can't give a proper review for Little mercies to you, I don't know how. All I can say is that no matter what be kind to people because you sure as hell don't have a clue what is going on in theirs. There are good people on this earth and it's them that seem to be the ones who get shit on terribly whilst the bad laugh and continue on easily. Life is all about love, family, friends, gratitude, kindness and happiness, and the one thing this book does is make you think hard about them five things and about the life you lead.
A chilling tale of fear, neglect, and having the courage to help others in need.