About the Book
Author: Jean Fournier Johnson
Genre: Literary Fiction/Mystery
Length: 346 pages
Release Date: April 25, 2015
Synopsis: 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?
Gloria is a middle-aged housewife with two grown daughters and a loving husband, who happens to be a well respected police officer. Her life seems perfect, until the day she decides to stop at a local bar for a couple of drinks and then get behind the wheel to head home. She never even saw 3-year-old Joshua step into the road until it was too late. With no witnesses and an already deceased little boy Gloria decides to protect her 'perfect' family and drives away. This one decisions catapults her into a world of depression and alcohol abuse leaving her family life in disarray. Can Gloria come to terms with the decision she made before it destroys her life? Does she even deserve a chance at redemption?
A Fearful Lie is a well written absorbing read. I was shocked that a woman, who is a mother herself, was able to drive away from an accident that claimed the life of a little boy without thinking twice. However, justice as always prevails and Gloria ends up losing the life she adores as a result of her choice. Keeping her secret becomes a full-time job and is in itself a prison. I was completely taken by the gripping plot that was full of surprises. Although I believe that Gloria deserves the heartache she experiences based on the decision she made so many years ago, I was very pleased with the conclusion and Gloria's chance at being forgiven. A Fearful Lie is an all around captivating read.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
A FEARFUL LIE