Spotlight on Heather Gudenkauf @hgudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf knows how to use suspense to create page turners. She always has me hunger for answers and anticipating the outcome for the characters and the story well creating thought-provoking questions.

I am very excited to have Heather Gudenkauf join us in The Behind the Pages Goodreads group tomorrow June 2, 2020 for a spoiler-free Q & A. You can find the thread here to join or view the Q & A

My review for Little Mercies

“I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all have our moments. We all have those times when we turn our backs, close our eyes, become unguarded … I know that no matter what happens you’ll get through this. We’ll get through this. You have to look for the little mercies, the small kindnesses and good that come from the terrible.”

Little Mercies is a compelling, beautifully written story that explores a gut-wrenching situations and the emotions that comes with it. The story explores the child welfare system and the vulnerabilities of children from two perspectives, social worker Ellen and 10-year old Jenny.

Heather Gudenkauf skillfully put me in the shoes of our main character, social worker Ellen who has a lot on her plate with family and her caseload of vulnerable children. She shows us another side to the coin and explores the vulnerabilities of a parent here with Ellen.

Heather Gudenkauf gave me a lot to think about here with the story and I thought it was a perfect one for now as she also brings hope with ” the little mercies, the small kindnesses and good from the terrible” Little Mercies makes for a great group read and there are a few things to think about and discuss. I highly recommend it!

This Is How I Lied has a little something different here with the creep level to the story and it’s all in the suspense Heather Gudenkauf creates with the character Nola. She is one odd, dark character with an interesting creepy side to her. She has an exciting, mysterious side to her that created some great tension and suspense to the story that had me turning those pages as fast as I could.

Three Girls, an urban legend, a dark obsession and a chilling crime

Before She Was Found is a chilling, unsettlingly realistic, thought-provoking story that explores some teenage drama here with bullying, popularity, fitting in and approval. It also explores friendship, betrayal and the power of social media and the impact it all can have on family dynamics.

Our main character Amelia is not your typical thriller heroine. She is the woman in trouble and she brings on the some trouble herself that created some suspense for me. She had me bit frustrated at times and I was yelling questions at her in my head. That and her service dog Stitch made this one a fun and entertaining read for me.

Some of Heather Gudenkauf’s books that I read before I reviewed books. I highly recommend all of them

The Weight of Silence

From Goodreads

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

One Breath Away

From Goodreads

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.

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