Little Mercies, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


'This gripping novel is moving and thought-provoking' Heat 'Emotionally-charged' My Weekly Sometimes, one small mistake can have life-altering consequences...As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all - the vilest acts one person can commit against another.

The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children.

That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery.

But with a blink of an eye - with one small mistake - Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for.

Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but good-for-nothing father since her mother left them.

When her father decides to pack their belongings and move to a new state, Jenny thinks she might be on the road to a better life.

But soon she finds herself on her own, forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts.

Evading police and the social system, Jenny finds refuge with a kind-hearted waitress. The last thing she needs is a social worker, but when Ellen and Jenny's lives collide unexpectedly, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

Praise for Heather Gudenkauf: 'This will have you gripped until the last page' - Closer 'Deeply moving and lyrical' - Company 'A memorable read' - Sunday Express 'totally gripping' - Marie Claire 'Set to become a bookclub staple' - The Guardian 'Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this' - Red 'Gudenkauf's prose is searingly raw...Thrilling and emotionally tender, this novel, with its driving pace, will appeal to fans of...Jodi Picoult.' - Booklist 'This gripping novel is moving and thought-provoking' -Heat 'Emotionally-charged' -My Weekly


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (UK)
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781848453104


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Ellen Moore is a respected social worker but one day she makes a mistake and finds her whole life has been turned upside down. Meanwhile, her mother, Maudene, comes across a 10 year old girl, Jenny, who is alone and has found her way to the restaurant where Maudene works. Maudene takes Jenny under her wing and Ellen finds that there is more to Jenny's story than meets the eye.I always enjoy Heather Gudenkauf's books. She writes easy to read yet compelling stories and puts you in a "what would I do if" position as you consider what would happen if you found yourself in the situations that her characters find themselves in. This story is told in alternate chapters. Ellen tells her own story, and Jenny's is in the third person. I liked both but I particularly liked plucky little Jenny.This author's books are always a treat and I will look forward to her next one.