By the time Gloria sees the little boy step out from between the parked cars it is too late. She hears the sickening thud as her vehicle strikes his body. She remembers that third drink at the bar, her husband’s career as a police officer. Fearful that if she stays she will ruin the lives of those she loves, Gloria drives away. She leaves the child on the sidewalk for his mother to find.
Having convinced herself she can live with this decision, Gloria is surprised to find her guilt beginning to take a toll on her family. Turning away from her marriage as it falls apart, she decides to atone for her crime by devoting her life to helping others.
What better place to start than with Marisa, the mother of the boy she killed?
A Fearful Lie is a book with a great premise. The first couple of chapters are suspenseful and original. Unfortunately, I felt the story took a complete turn and I suddenly lost the initial interest. The narrative is well-written in first person, but the book reads more like a memoir and it became a little monotonous and tiresome towards the middle of the book. The characters were flat and not really compelling. I could never truly warm-up to Gloria and although the end is not a predictable one, it failed to deliver a wow factor.
I received this book free of charge from Ravenswood Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
About Jean Fournier Johnson
Jean Fournier Johnson was born in Nova Scotia, educated in Quebec and lives with her husband in Ontario, Canada. She has two children and three grandchildren. A FEARFUL LIE is her first novel.