by Angie Gallion
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Pub Date 29 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023
On the surface, Delilah Reddick’s life looks perfect. Her husband is a pillar of the community, and with her as his quietly supportive wife, they appear to be the picture of success and happiness. But there are deep cracks in the foundation, dark secrets Delilah has never shared with anyone.
Delilah knows what her husband is capable of when the evil inside him finds its way to the surface, but running would only delay the inevitable. Chase would hunt her to the ends of the earth before allowing her to take his only son from him. Delilah would rather die than leave her fourteen-year-old behind, but when her son begins displaying his father’s violent tendencies, she knows she must act.
In her quest to save her son, Delilah sets off a chain of events that could rock the community and reveal the darkest secret of them all. After years of staying quiet, Delilah must find her voice before her husband silences her forever.
"""This page turner will have you hooked from the beginning and begging for more at the end!""
""A very compelling story from beginning to end…it almost begs for a sequel.""
""I was invested in these characters and their situations, caring deeply for what happened to them... and boy does a lot happen to them!""
""The first person, present tense, made the story feel very intimate as it unfolds from Delilah's point of view.""
Average rating from 15 members
"Delilah Reddick's life appears idyllic on the surface, with her husband as a respected pillar of the community. Yet, beneath the facade of success and happiness lies a web of dark secrets that Delilah has kept hidden for years. She knows the darkness that lurks within her husband, and the terror it brings when it surfaces. But escaping would mean leaving her beloved son behind, a choice she's unwilling to make. When her son begins to show signs of his father's violent tendencies, Delilah is faced with a harrowing decision. In her quest to protect her child, she sets in motion a series of events that could shatter the community and expose the darkest secret of all. After years of silence, Delilah must find her voice before her husband silences her forever."
**Occasion for Reading:**
This gripping tale is a must-read for those who enjoy suspenseful and emotionally charged novels. It's perfect for those seeking a thrilling, page-turning experience that delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the resilience of the human spirit. Whether you're looking for a book to devour in a single sitting or to discuss with a book club, "Delilah's Secret" promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
- **Discussion Groups:** Consider reading "Delilah's Secret" with a book club or discussion group. Its exploration of secrets, domestic turmoil, and the consequences of silence make it a compelling choice for in-depth conversations.
- **Reflect on Silence:** After reading, take time to reflect on the power of silence in the face of abuse and trauma. Consider how the characters' choices resonate with real-world experiences and the importance of finding one's voice in difficult circumstances.
- **Explore Similar Works:** If you find the themes of this book intriguing, explore other novels and literature that touch on domestic suspense, family secrets, and the enduring strength of individuals facing adversity.
"Delilah's Secret" is a heart-wrenching exploration of the sacrifices a mother is willing to make to protect her child and the price of silence in the face of danger. It's a riveting read that will keep you engaged from start to finish and leave you pondering its themes long after the final page.
This story started off with a bang! From the first word it will have you hooked.
This story is a sad tale of mental and physical abuse and how there is usually and reason why women do t leave their abusers.
Delila seems weak but has a fire under her that won’t allow her to stop. Many obstacles are in her way but she will finally do what needs to be done and be free.
On the surface, Delilah Reddick’s life looks perfect. Her husband is a pillar of the community, and with her as his quietly supportive wife, they appear to be the picture of success and happiness. But there are deep cracks in the foundation, dark secrets Delilah has never shared with anyone. Delilah knows what her husband is capable of when the evil inside him finds its way to the surface, but running would only delay the inevitable.
Terrifying and suspenseful. Will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I read this book in 4 days. I was brought in on page 1 and had a hard time putting it down. I really enjoyed the story and didn't want it to end. I am left asking what happened with the trial, what happened to Jackson, how does Delilah move on?
This was a very fast read with a lot of emotion. College infatuation turns to unexpected pregnancy and a loveless, violent marriage. Delilah draws you into her world where she starts as a battered wife but transforms into a force to reckoned with by taking control of her life and righting wrongs. She believes her husband might be involved in the death of an old classmate because of his tendency for violence and comments he’s made to her over the years. As she explores this possibility, more danger strikes. I really enjoyed everything about this novel. Gallion explores complex topics while expertly growing Delilah as a character. Her voice becomes more and more pronounced as we learn more about that night and the lies uncovered. There are a lot of surprises that happen in this novel. I found myself rooting for Delilah right up to the last page! I look forward to reading more from Angie Gallion!
Trigger warnings: DV, SA
Thank you @NetGalley for the opportunity to read the book for an honest review!
Thanks to Red Adept Publishing, Angie Gallion and NetGalley for a copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review.
Hush, Delilah was one of those quick, easy reads that pulls you in from the get-go. Delilah Stone is the epitome of strength in terrifying situations. In this novel, we get to witness her journey from a beaten down (literally and emotionally) Mom and housewife who didn't know how capable and valuable she was to a strong woman who does what she needs to do to ensure she and her son get the life they deserve.
I would have liked to see more character development, however, I feel like I got enough to be invested in the ending/outcome for each character. If ever a sequel to this novel comes to be, a storyline based in Jackson's adulthood would be awesome - I'm curious if he was able to escape his father's violent tendencies. I was also left wondering how the relationship between him and Delilah evolved once they were reunited.
When your only complaint is wanting more once the story ends, you know you've found a gem. This is the first novel I've read by Gallion, but it won't be the last.
This book had me on pins and needles. It has that waiting on the other shoe to drop feel with truly surprising twists. The conclusion brings it home and some how leaves you wanting more.
I read this book in a matter of days! While the storyline was slightly predictable at times (only because art mimics life, unfortunately, in this story) it was generally engaging throughout and I kept on reading to see what would happen next. What did happen next was not always what it seemed and there were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. If reading for entertainment purposes, and for a few good general life lessons, this book is a keeper!
Utterly compelling and suspenseful. Looking forward to reading other material by this author.. A complete mind game of a novel. Would highly recommend.
This had a strong suspenseful setting with realistic people in a bad situation. It had a strong aspect of complexity with the characters and that this wasn’t ideal. The plot had everything that I was looking for.
An interesting narrative that explores the complexities of family dynamics and the lengths a mother would go to protect her child. Angie Gallion is a good storyteller and she has brought to life in her book our heroine, Delilah’s world filled with secrets and fear.
Overall, “Hush, Delilah” is an enjoyable thriller that offers a chilling glimpse into the darkness that can lurk beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect life.
My thanks to Netgalley.com for providing me a copy of the book for my unbiased review.
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