Although Freedom Oliver is known as a fearless woman, a fighter, a woman who always keeps to herself, she is commonly known for her numerous arrests for public drunkenness every night, including causing any other commotions that get her into trouble. Residing in a small town in Oregon, Freedom works at a local biker bar. So far, that’s about all anyone in town knows about her.
What people aren’t supposed to know is that Freedom Oliver isn’t actually her name. No one knows she’d served time in prison, 20 years ago, for murdering her husband, who was a cop. No one knows she’d put up her two children for adoption, after her arrest, and that she’s in the Witness Protection Program. For 20 years, Freedom has lived with her regrets, including her alcohol addiction and pill popping.
Later on, Freedom stumbles upon the news of her estranged daughter’s disappearance, which also has been an assumed kidnapping. Determined to find her daughter and the truth, Freedom drops everything—including witness protection—hops on a motorcycle, and heads out to Kentucky, where her daughter was raised. During Freedom’s journey, she is haunted by her past. She learns that her husband’s vengeful, sadistic family is out to get her. Things get worse when she learns that her daughter’s adoptive family aren’t as warm and loving as they’ve always appeared.
Once I got to the middle of the book, I couldn’t really put it down. The one thing I didn’t like, though, is that most of the chapters began with “My name is Freedom…” and so forth. I was actually expecting a bit more scenes with Freedom and her in-laws, but it wasn’t so bad. I liked the whole idea of her taking a big risk, of giving herself another chance in life, to become a parent again, after 20 years. I’d recommend this book, especially for fans of thrillers. As always, feel free to post your comments.
About the author: Jax Miller was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Ireland. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger award for her first (unpublished) novel The Assassin’s Keeper, under the pseudonym Aine O Domhnaill.
FTC Disclosure: I received the book from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.