Hush Little Baby by Deborah M Piccurelli
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (246 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
Investigative journalist, Amber Blake, is a little person bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister. Enlisted by her former partner and estranged husband, Evan, she poses as a counselor in an abortion clinic to expose the doctor responsible for fetal harvesting. As a Christian, she struggles with concealing her beliefs to maintain her cover, while the doctor’s romantic overtures tumble her stomach. Amber agrees to date him for the sake of the story . . . but nothing prepares her for what’s behind a mysterious door in his office.
She’s there to avenge her sister’s death, but she might lose her own life while trying.
This author is not afraid to tackle an unpleasant subject. The story is set in an abortion clinic and that’s enough to create conflict between most people. Ms. Piccurelli makes her main character a “little person” who's an investigative journalist. Amber has her own secrets that adds to the flavor of the story. Her twin sister was average size and died from the doctor’s mistake during an abortion so Amber is willing to take on the doctor and the clinic. She has another secret, too.
The author adds Amber’s estranged husband into the mix to give it some romance and add more misunderstandings. This keeps the story moving on several levels and it flows very nicely. Evan is also a little person, so he develops some jealousy when the regular sized doctor tries to put the moves on Amber.
The author gives Amber a very dangerous tightrope to walk. She wants to get information and will do what it takes to get it, but the doctor makes her uncomfortable. Her instincts are right on. This clinic holds more secrets than what you see from the front.
The plot is intertwined with a bit of the past and the present. Ms. Piccurelli gives Amber challenges in both the office and in her personal life. This is good read that holds your attention and makes you wonder how it's going to end. I enjoyed it even if the subject matter bothered me. There are abortion clinics and I’m sure some of those doctors might be looking for extra money, too. Be ready for some unpleasantness. Whatever you do, don’t look behind the locked door into the chambers or you won’t want to go to sleep again…