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Jill Childs Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gracie's Secret (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessica's Promise (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invisible Girl (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Wife (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mistress (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Let Him In (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Lost Girl (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mother at Number 5 (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House Across the Street (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jill Childs is a mystery and romantic suspense author. She has always liked writing imaginary and factual stories and has spent 30 years traveling places as a journalist. Jill became a published author in 2018 when her debut novel Gracie’s Secret was published.
Even though the author has covered everything from floods, earthquakes, and wars, she finds great stories here at home in the secrets and lies she imagines in closed doors.

Jill Childs lives in London with her husband and their two girls who love stories as much as their mother does.

Gracie Secret
The book begins with Jen getting a phone call that every parent is scared of; her three–year–old daughter Gracie has been admitted to the hospital.
Worried for her daughter, Jen gets to the hospital as fast as she can to find Gracie lying on the bed, and she is informed that he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, but miraculously, she revived.

Needing someone to blame, she puts all the blame on her ex-husband’s girlfriend, Ella, since she was the one driving the car.
Jen’s emotions are still fresh from her husband, her child’s father, after leaving them to start another family. Like any other woman, she has never liked Ella, and this incident makes the hate even more.

While Gracie is in the hospital, Jen meets Doctor Matt, and they become friends. After a while, Gracie recovers and is discharged from the hospital. Jen and Matt’s friendship also goes on even after leaving the hospital, and the two start spending more time together.

The story continues with Gracie’s recovery, where she starts telling her mother about strange things she has seen and heard.
Jen finds the stories are so hard to believe. Might Grace be telling the truth? Are the things she saw in her dream are true and happened? The part of the angel is so comforting whether you are a believer or not.

Jen is unsure what to believe, which makes things worse, and as a single mom, she has no one to lean on since the father of her daughter is busy keeping his girlfriend happy.

Gracie also tells her mother what she heard in the car that fateful day before the accident happened, which raises a lot of questions. What did Gracie hear?
Gracie’s Secret is a thrilling, heartbreaking, gripping, and roller coaster heck of a ride. Be ready to get emotional in the course of the book. The story is nicely woven, and the characters are well developed to keep the reader engaged from one page to the next.

The story is narrated from Jen’s point of view, and in a few sections, it’s switched to Ella’s POV. What begins emotionally immediately takes a more sinister turn. There are lies and secrets that will be uncovered, and Jen eventually will find not all is as it appears.

There is suspense, twists, and turns that will leave you gasping. Many secrets are revealed, and you will be shocked but stay thrilled to the end.
Gracie is an adorable little girl, and even though her parents are no longer together, she appears to take everything in her stride. The author describes a mother’s love for their child, especially when a life-changing thing occurs. This story’s themes are manipulation, deceit, betrayal, and the strong bond between mother and their child.

The book is full of suspense, and the end is unexpected and will leave you shocked.
Jill Childs is an emotion-focused writer and revolves around themes of unconditional love and finding redemption from trauma.
She shows her unique talent of creating realistic dialogue, and the quick characterization makes the reader understand the character better.

Jessica’s Promise
The story begins when Teresa, her three-year-old daughter Jessica and her husband Craig have just moved to a new house.
Teresa has a job as a local salon manager and is worried about who will look after her little daughter.
Left with no choice, she decides to leave her daughter in the care of her neighbor, Angie. Immediately after handing her over, she starts wondering whether she has made the right decision. How well does she know Angie?

However, she becomes too busy to give the decision a second thought; after all, she has no many choices to choose. She even barely knows her neighbor Angie but surprisingly, Jessica and eleven-year-old stepdaughter Fran seem to like each other.
Soon we find out that that Angie has something dark in her past. What might it be?

On the other side, Teresa is having a hard time at the new salon. Employee absenteeism seems to be increasing, and rudeness seems like a trend in work. After a while, there are days when the takings start to go missing.

Life at home is also not good, and Teresa and Jessica are frequently screaming at each other. Teresa is trying her best to control her daughter and wonders how comes Angie seems to have no issue with Jessica’s behavior. Fran, on the other side, locks herself in her room with earphones all the time.

At the same time, Teresa’s husband Craig has started coming home late smelling alcohol and claims that he’s been working. Later, Teresa finds some incriminating texts messages on his phone. What is Craig up to after work? Just when Teresa thinks life can’t get any worse, Jessica goes missing. Who took Jessica? And where might she be?
Most of the characters in the story seem to be hiding something, and the author builds suspense slowly through the first parts. The author makes it hard to guess out who took Jessica, and even though there are some clear suspects to make a case on them, nothing comes out straightforward.

The story is thrilling, grippy, with lots of twists and an ending that you’ll not see coming. The short chapters in the book make the book a fast read and ideal for emotional domestic thriller fans.

Jill Childs does a good job weaving the storylines together to keep the reader guessing who might have taken Jessica.

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