This book made me cry. It really did.
I finished reading Hush, Little Bird by Nicole Trope and promptly burst into tears.
I don't even know what sort of tears they were.... happy, sad, anguished, hormonal.... a mother's tears, a daughter's tears.... too many emotions jumbled together, and I couldn't possibly separate them. I just cried.
"A celebrity wife.
A damaged young woman.
United by a secret neither will reveal."
We are introduced to Rose and Birdy in alternate chapters, with voices as far removed from each other as the lives they have led. They have both committed crimes and find themselves in the same prison, a low security facility where most of the women are coming to the end of their sentences. Both women feel hurt and betrayed. And they both hold onto their secrets.
And.... I really don't want to tell you much more than that. How did they get here? What are they hiding? This is a story which needs to slowly unfold as you read it, and not be spoiled by revealing too much, too soon.
Nicole Trope has crafted a story that seems to be so gently written, and yet is harsh and powerful all at once. It is at times uncomfortable and heartbreaking, and confronts us with a horrible reality; children sometimes get hurt, and adults sometimes fail them.
The message of this thought provoking and compassionate story is that kids just want to be seen and heard. And safe.
In fact, we all do.
I gave it Five Stars on Goodreads.
Trigger warning: sexual abuse