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Freedom's Child

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,225 Ratings  ·  312 Reviews
A propulsive, raucous thriller about a woman with a troubled past who breaks free of the witness-protection program in order to save her kidnapped daughter

For eighteen years Freedom Oliver has lived in a small town in Oregon, working at a bar and drinking away her troubled past. Twenty years ago, Freedom was arrested for killing her husband and spent two years in jail (whe
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 30th 2015 by HarperCollins UK (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This sounds like such a good book when you read the blurb. Freedom Oliver is hiding out in the Witness Protection society. Twenty years previously she was arrested for killing her cop husband. She signed away her children for adoption and went into hiding. She works at the local biker bar, drinks a ton of alcohol and barely exists.

She then finds out that her daughter who was being raised by a religious couple has gone missing. Comes to find out that the couple who adopted her children are relig
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book made me cry! Also some mild spoilers, but a lot are in the blurb.


Have you ever heard your soul snap in two? Have you ever cried for so long that you find yourself on the verge of fainting? Have you ever clawed at the frozen earth so hard that your fingernails break off? Have you ever screamed so loud that there was no noise at all, your windpipes simply failing you under the pressure? The reaction of a woman kneeling on the several graves of her one daughter.

I sca
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freedom Oliver hates herself. She's crass, crude, coarse. Every night, she's a falling-down drunk. She's hoarding pills in a jar which is almost full, but the alcohol will probably kill her first. She swears the bluest streak.

Vanessa was a good girl who fell in love with the bad boy. She has married into the dysfunctional-to-the-max Delaney family. Her life is not in a downward spiral; its in free fall.

Once you know what Vanessa has gone through, you will understand Freedom.

Twenty years later, M
Liz Barnsley
Freedom’s Child is a brilliantly authentic and addictive read – one I devoured in two sittings and really did not want to raise my head from – it is dark, delicious and has the most amazing main protagonist, someone you will get right behind.

Freedom is in witness protection, she muddles through the days and nights, missing her children and taking no nonsense. When her daughter goes missing she sets off to find her, stalked by her husband’s family there is danger every step of the way.

Jax Miller
Diane S ☔
3.5 Freedom is the name she is known by now, she has been in Witness Protection for twenty years and that is how long ago she gave up her children. Gave them up so they could have a normal life, or so she thought.

This is a tough, gritty, no holds barred novel and Freedom herself is rough, she drinks hard, loves hard and she is a terribly flawed but very human character. Her name was once Nessa Delaney and she thinks she is hidden, safe as she can be fighting only her own demons but her Mother in
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Freedom’s Child – An Addictive Debut

Jax Miller has written a highly addictive debut thriller in Freedom’s Child that will literally blow you away and keep you reading from the first page to the last. The only regret will be that you will have to wait until Jax Miller’s next book, because she certainly knows what makes readers excited keep turning the page and wanting more. This really is a powerful, grabs you by the throat addictive that is seriously one of the most compelling thrillers of the y
PacaLipstick Gramma
Surely this book was a satire.

I have NEVER read such a far-fetched, ridiculous, unrealistic, absurd, to the point of laughable, supposed mystery thriller ~ EVER.

There were so many inaccuracies that I can't believe it even crossed an editor's desk, and didn't automatically find itself in a shredder.

The ONLY reason I finished this book was to see how idiotic it really could get. I think every main character in the book was psychotic, with delusions of grandeur! This book is a total joke.

I will pro
Margaret Madden
Freedom Oliver is a drunk. She is trouble. She is desperate. She is in Witness Protection. She needs to find her daughter. The daughter that she only held for a few minutes, over twenty years ago. Something sinister has happened and nothing can hold Freedom back any longer. Just who will she have to take down on her journey?

This debut from US born author, Jax Miller, is unusual. It uses the format of a crime thriller (good guys, bad guys, murder, mayhem and clever detective work), yet there is n
Tuba Sayed
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so sure I wouldn't like this book, 'cause - TMI - hey, I don't want to read about a man wiping his bottom *shudders* and the characters cursed a lot, it was so annoying at first. It took me like 8 chapters to completely get into this and then, Holy sparkling potatoes! I couldn't keep this damned thing down. The ending was so unexpected, and bittersweet. I really liked it.
Sarah Cailean
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freedom is all at once fierce, fragile, and funny. I was absolutely riveted by this book from the first lines, and the attachment to its characters lasted long after I finished the closing chapter. Miller's ability to turn a phrase and twist a plot, caught me off guard-- in the best possible way-- repeatedly. This is how fiction is supposed to be done.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the rave reviews by my GR friends, I have to respectfully disagree. Written mostly in the first person by long winded monologues and letters, Freedom Oliver, aka Nessa Delany, is hiding out in Oregon in the witness protection program from her psychotic in-laws in New York bent on revenge. Freedom Oliver lives in a permanent alcoholic rage about a whole list of wrongs that have crippled her life for the last 20 years. When she learns the biological daughter she's never met has been kidnap ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit I was skeptical when I first chose this book. I had just gotten done with a best seller that did not impress me and did not think Freedom's Child would be my cup of tea. Boy was I in for a surprise. 'Freedom' is the kind of character who comes off so raw and reckless when you are first introduced to her but as the book progresses her heart and dedication soon made her someone I came to admire and love. It was fast paced from beginning to end and a constant roller coaster of emotions. I'd ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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FREEDOM’S CHILD has a cinematic quality to its writing that allows the storytelling to take place in almost like flashes before your eyes, enabling the reader to visually play out the story with its descriptive and captivating prose.

The story of one woman and the effect she has on both herself and those around her with her headstrong, no punches pulled, approach to life, FREEDOM’S CHILD will keep you on the edge of your seat.

This book has a very
David Reviews
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Great to read something so refreshingly different! Freedom's Child is all about a strong and flawed female character named Freedom Oliver. She's beautiful, but a little wild, crazy and fragile with a turbulent past that Jax Miller reveals to us at her own pace. It's gritty, violent and gives us plenty of reasons for concern as the plot plays out. The style of writing just has an unusual edge to it, but for me it just added to the enjoyment of this book. This is highly recommended and a crazily g
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
 My name is Freedom...

This is a dark tale of murder, rape, incest, religious fanatics, skinheads, and redneck outlaw relatives. The female protagonist is an alcoholic, in the Witness Protection Plan, and isn't very likeable.

But the story is oddly compelling and I sat down and read it pretty much straight through. The protagonist, who has renamed herself Freedom Oliver, put her son and daughter up for adoption after being put in the Protection Program, and now finds out that her daughter is missi
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The opening lines of this novel read : "My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter."

Is that enough of a hook for you? It was for me.

It's always a risk reading a new author. Mostly (glad to report) one that pays off. And this book had been interesting from the time we bought it. We spent a frustrating time in one of the largest bookstores near us, scanning shelves for a book my husband knew nothing about, except that he would recognise the cover again. He couldn't remember the author or t
Bonnie Brody
"My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter." Thus starts the beginning of the novel, 'Freedom's Child' by Jax Miller.

Freedom is in the witness protection program serving bar in a small town in Oregon. The bar is populated primarily by fat bikers who sell meth. Young girls who work there quickly lose their innocence and their teeth begin to rot from the drugs.

As the novel begins, two of the officers from the witness protection unit in Portland come to visit Freedom to let her know that M
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I had no interest in reading this book when I first saw the cover, but I read the synopsis and thought I’d take a chance (I’m glad that I did). This story follows Freedom, who is in the witness protection program and has a slew of issues. Freedom was the kind of character who I really disliked in the beginning of the story but as it progressed and I began to understand her, she grew on me.

The story has many facets and subplots that all merge together. It explores a religious cult which was extr
Carolann Copland
So I lost two days of my life to this book. I don’t know about anything else that happened that weekend. I was completely caught up in the fierceness and softness of Freedom’s character and the incredibly fast pace of a plot that could not be abandoned, even for food. We want to read a book that we haven’t read before and the freshness and raw feel of ‘Freedom’s Child’ does not disappoint. The sheer drama of the separate stories and characters is riveting and how they all knit together in the en ...more
Poppy fairy
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my full review is on my book site.

Jax Miller don't write from the heart but rather from the guts. Freedom's Child is a story she had to put on paper. Jax never imagined that her writing was going anywhere, never imagined it taking her places she had never seen. Jax never intended to have an audience while writing this novel. She only hopes that you enjoy it or least, that you appreciate its honesty.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 1/3 of the way through this book I realized what was different about the writing style. This book reads like a graphic novel with no artwork. Very reminiscent of the film "Sin City". Extremely good storytelling, it just took a minute to get used to the cadence. Really poor cover art again on this one. Interesting characters and a fast moving plot.

ARC from NetGalley.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freedom Oliver is not what she seems. A frequently drunk, foul-mouthed woman who works at a bar with a less than savoury reputation in a small town in Oregon, Freedom has spent the past eighteen years in Witness Protection after being accused of her husband’s murder. A mother of two, she gave both of her children up for adoption when she was jailed. But now Freedom’s daughter has gone missing and she suspects her husband’s sadistic family might be to blame. Freedom slips her handlers and heads o ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most chapters in "Freedom's Child: A Novel" begin with this opener: "My name is Freedom," and then reveal bits and pieces of her story. We learn quickly that Freedom Oliver is not her real name; that she is in the Witness Protection program; and that she is hiding from some dangerous people.

Currently living in Painter, Oregon, and spending most nights in a bar, regularly getting drunk and arrested, one might think that her goal in life is self-destruction. But no, she has a larger purpose, and i
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gotta hand it to Jax Miller. She should win a prize (not the Man Booker) for packing more cliched characters and situations into one novel than Bill Bell accomplished with The Young and the Restless. She evidently admires Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane and Gillian Flynn, but has neglected to pull on their talent for creating implausible situations but with a flair for pulling in the reader thirsting for more.

Let's start with the family of asses, headed by a matriarch slob who's addicted to dr
Mark Gardner
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed Freedom’s Child, by Jax Miller. It’s refreshing to read a strong female protagonist who is flawed. So often male characters are allowed to have glaring personality defects, but not women. They’re so often portrayed as the hapless girl that the story happens to, not them taking control of the story. The smoking, boozing, cussing Freedom Oliver is horribly flawed, but we can empathize with her foibles. Many of us have even known someone who she reminds us of.

Jax Miller’s writing style ha
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for review.

Wow! I got this book in the mail yesterday and I sat down to read a chapter or two just so I could get a quick feel for the book (since I was already reading something else). Once I started, I couldn't stop.

A few chapters in, I started getting irritated with the "My name is Freedom.." at the beginning of almost every chapter. But the more I read the more I started to get why the author did this. Freedom was the exact opposite of freedom. She was a priso
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel opens engagingly and brings the reader into the world of the titular Freedom straightaway. Freedom is in the Witness Protection Program and when her ex-brother-in-law is released from prison, this sets into motion the breakneck speed plot. The imagery here is vivid - though often grotesque, but the gritty style works really well. The action never really lets up and the book quickly becomes impossible to tear away from its pages. It's a terrific debut and is impressively well-plo ...more
I cannot praise this fabulous book enough! Jax Miller has a remarkable voice and Freedom is an astonishing heroine - I loved her. This book has received a great deal of praise and it is all completely deserved. All the stars!

May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
The Book Girl (Andrea)
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that loves crime dramas
“I am so sorry that I couldn’t save you, Rebekah, I think to myself as I fade out of consciousness. I am so sorry for everything I did and didn't do”

Freedom Oliver, a woman is hiding in Oregon in the wonderful witness protection program. Her own family is in a sense hunting her, they are bent on revenge.

I honestly thought I would hate this book. I disliked Freedom the first few chapters. She's the kind of character you don't think you're going to like but, you end up loving. The twists and tur
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