Friday, January 30, 2015

A Small Indiscretion: A Novel by Jan Ellison Review

Title: A Small Indiscretion: A Novel
Author: Jan Ellison
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Thriller
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was given to me by the publisher, Random House, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book really hit a chord with me. It was beautiful, in a painful kind of way. It's not a thriller in the traditional sense--I would call it an emotional thriller, because that's what it is: a journey into a woman's secrets, appetites, and humanity. Meet Annie Black, a woman who is content with her life.. for the most part. She has a loving husband, three beautiful children, a store, and a house. Sounds idyllic, right? Wrong! Annie longs for something--that something being absolution and forgiveness.

Annie is what we all are: human, erring, and sometimes, selfish. But she makes no excuses for her sins, at all, in fact, she seems to lament them, because in spite of her happiness, she is still wanting. And despite her multiple grievances, I couldn't really hate her; in fact, I related to her a lot. We all make mistakes--sometimes tiny, other times, earth-shattering, life-altering. And in Annie, Ellison creates a sympathetic protagonist. If you enjoy drama, particularly domestic ones, I would highly recommend this novel. It's a little slow at first, but it's really worth waiting for. A wonderful novel exploring timeless themes such as secrets, forgiveness, and what it means to be loved. Next on deck: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon!

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