Title: A Fearful Lie
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?
Wherever Jacob goes people die and the cops are moving in when a terrifying and seductive presence arrives on the frozen lake.
Now Jacob will discover that even hope has a dark side.
AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
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.
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The eBook Review Gal Review:
Gloria is a forty-four year old married mother with two twenty-something girls. We first
meet Gloria when she stops at a local bar for drinks, gets behind the wheel of the family mini-van, hits and kills a neighborhood child, and flees the scene. She rationalizes leaving the dead three-year-old on the sidewalk, where his mother will eventually find him, by convincing herself no good could possibly come from turning herself in to the authorities – after all, “the child is dead, so calling an ambulance is pointless”. Gloria also has her own family to think about, so she goes about her life, living a fearful life.
When I first began reading A Fearful Lie I groaned – it’s written in my least favorite tense and POV – present and first person. I also wondered how far I’d get after reading that a woman – a mother herself no less – had struck and killed a child and went on with life as usual. But, as I read further I realized this book is so much more than that. Gloria doesn’t go on with life as usual. She’s sentenced herself to live the rest of her life in a prison of her own making. I quickly forgot about tense and POV and was able to breeze through the story in one glorious day.
I LOVED A Fearful Lie. It was touching and heartbreakingly beautiful. Jean Fournier Johnson is a wonderful writer, who definitely has a way with words. Her characters have depth and substance. Her descriptive prose expertly put me right into the story. I had no choice but to immerse myself in her story and quickly become invested in the outcome. She made me feel the pain Gloria lived with. I was extremely surprised to find out that this is the author’s first novel.
I would highly recommend A Fearful Lie to readers. I will certainly look for more from this amazing author.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton