The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

A Small Indiscretion


I was extremely impressed with A Small Indiscretion (A) by Jan Ellison. I won it as a pick from The Library Thing as an advanced read. It was so confusing at the beginning I expected it would be a struggle to read. I was determined to sort it out and when I did; I was off to the races.

The book opens with Annie “talking” to her son Robbie. At first he is lying in a coma as a result of an auto accident and then later he has gone missing. She is writing a confession of sorts, liberating herself from the burdens of her youthful mistakes.

Annie Black left home at nineteen running from a dysfunctional family and running towards what she hopped would be her salvation. Things happened very differently than she imagined. As she arrives in London, she realizes she is ill prepared for the journey. She has very little money, no job and suddenly a reckless desire to drink with abandon. She ultimately finds herself working for a man named Malcolm and through Malcolm meets a photographer named Patrick. Her interactions with both these men forever change Annie’s life and those she loves.

Annie narrates the story painting past and present events for the reader. Clearly, her past has shaped the present and can destroy her future.

Ellison’s writing is distinct. Her characters are engaging and the story is well told. I was unable to put the book down and I was “surprised” to be surprised. It would be a grave indiscretion if I did not recommend this book. I believe you will enjoy it as much as I did.


3 responses to “A Small Indiscretion

  1. Sara Goas March 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Hmm…this one sounds intriguing…

  2. Sara Goas March 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Hmm…this one sounds intriguing. Might have to check it out…

  3. gregrica April 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Great review! 🙂 This book was definitely intriguing, although I found the timeline to be a bit confusing at the beginning. Here’s my review if you’re interested:

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