Angela Pisel's poignant debut explores the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter, their quest to discover the truth, and whether or not love can prevail - even from behind bars.
Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and 27 days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter's voice and the final moment she'd heard anyone call her mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing - reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.
Secrets lurk behind Sophie Logan's big house and even bigger bank account. Every day when she kisses her husband good-bye, she worries her fabricated life is about to come crumbling down. No one knows the unforgivable things her mother did to tear her family apart - not her husband, who is a prominent plastic surgeon, or her "synthetic" friends who live in her upscale neighborhood.
Grace's looming execution date forces Sophie to revisit the traumatic events that haunted her childhood. When she returns to her hometown, she discovers new evidence about her baby brother William's death 17 years ago - proof that might set her mother free but shatter her own marriage forever.
Sophie must quickly decide if her mother is the monster the prosecutor made her out to be or the loving mother she remembers - the one who painted her toenails glittery pink and plastered Post-it notes with inspiring quotes ("100 percent failure rate if you don't try") all over Sophie's bathroom mirror - before their time runs out.
©2016 Angela Pisel (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
What a great book! Grace's struggles to connect with her daughter were so moving and her compassion to her fellow inmates was a lesson to us all. Thanks to the author for demonstrating humanity at its best and worst in the same story.
Avid reader...no great mystery will go unexplored.
This book was difficult to turn off. The author created two very strong yet vulnerable women. With every turn of the page there was an unexpected twist or slight turn in the plot that left you wanting to hear more!
Heart wrenching and joyous, nerve wracking and yet satisfying. Highly recommended.
I was honestly not expecting much from this book, however this book was amazing! I found myself wanting to hear more from Sophie and her situation at home. I also found myself crying A LOT but I cry easily, as a mother I found myself having compassion for Grace and the unimaginable pain she must have felt. I highly recommend this book. Heartfelt and beautifully written
I never, ever take the time to write reviews. This is hands down one of the best books I have listened to on here--& I listen to books non stop. I searched the author but didn't find any other works :(. Loved it! Had me feeling every emotion & I even teared up, rare for me.
This book reminded me of my mother. Not that my mother was ever in this situation, but the fact that I had a mother that loved me no matter how I treated her and she was kind to those that did not treat her kindly. This is a wonderful story of a mother accused of killing one of her children. Her husband always believed in her, but her teenage daughter had doubts, and eventually made the decision that her mother was guilty. This decision affected the daughter's life even as an adult. As her mother's execution date approaches, the daughter has to make some difficult decisions. Have a box of tissues when you read this one.
Professional woman, reading constantly
Not exactly sure where I stand on this book. I can't really say I enjoyed it but it was really interesting. The effect on a life when a parent is accused of murder is pretty mind boggling. So much wasted time after getting caught up in all the 'evidence' presented by the court and by the media. I can easily see this happening now with people so engrossed in what the hear and see on social media and television. A sad state of affairs.
So much precious time is lost between an incarcerated mother and a mentally 'messed up' daughter. I would recommend the book if only to see the power of the media and justice system and the ability to twist things around.
The story line certainly kept my attention, but moved slowly at times. The narrators were easy to understand but completely lacked emotion. Their interpretation of the male characters especially were flat and emotionless. For such an emotionally charged story I expected to be moved yet never really felt engaged. The ending is anti-climactic. There is no fowl language or overly descriptive sex scenes however and would or be a decent story if listening with children present.
No, but strictly because I'm a once read always remembered type girl, however, I would strongly recommend it to everyone especially my friends who are mothers.
Yes and no. I had a dreadful feeling the entire duration of the book that it was not going to end in the rainbows and unicorns ending I had secretly hoped for, but the ending of the book is real, raw, gritty and heart breaking.
I do not believe that I have
Absolutely. After the first couple chapters, I was completely hooked. It was interesting how the author wove all the pieces together.
Solid 4.5 stars! Very enjoyable read. My only qualm would be the author really didn't finish up what happened with the doctor and his court case. Like what happened? You can't leave me hanging like that.
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