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I’ve read a few Lucy Dawson psychological thrillers and she just keeps growing on me... her characters are morally flawed, obsessive and yet you sympathise with them in equal measure as you loathe them...
From the very beginning I was hooked; I finished it in hours because it was so addictive.
Firstly, ‘The Daughter's’ premise was crazy scary, the twisted idea of punishing someone for losing their child it would appear on the surface to be a classic murder mystery novel when in fact it is more of a psychological look at the effects of guilt, obsession, and grief. The book opens immediately jumping to the death of Jess' daughter - and will then leave you emotionally drawn to it. But be warned - It's painful, disturbing, endearing, and comforting all wrapped up together. Make sure you are in the right mindset before starting on the journey of ‘The Daughter’.
An enjoyable book, it is about Jess, who seventeen years ago lost her five year old daughter. Now, in the present, she still suffers from the guilt that day caused her, yet all the lies and secrets have ways of catching up with you, and someone is making sure that Jess never forgets.
An interesting look at guilt and the butterfly effect of how things spiral out from our actions, all neatly packaged in an intense psychological thriller. The fact that I had an idea from early in the book didn't detract in any way. The Daughter is a quick and decent read.
I enjoyed this book, and recommend it, even though it was a little disappointing in a couple of ways. First, I worked out the main thrust of the story quite early, which made the ending somewhat anti-climactic. Second, it is plagued with annoyingly bad grammar. For example, mixed tenses like "is stood", "was sat", "is sat", and "was stood" appear throughout. I can tolerate bad grammar when it is used to convey a particular dialect spoken by a character, but not when it pervades the whole narrative. Nevertheless, I found the characters in this book interesting and the issues thought provoking.
As said by earlier reviewers and they were right. I read the entire book in just 2 sittings, long ones, so household chores put aside. Well written and brilliantly plotted, the ending took me totally by surprise. The earlier part of the book not for everyone as dealing with the death of a child can be very upsetting, but great narrative and thrilling to the end. Well done Lucy!
The last Lucy Dawson book I read was "You Sent Me a Letter" and although this one wasn't quite as good, it wasn't far off. I couldn't believe Louise's behaviour after Beth's terrible death. How anyone could put their pain from their husband's infidelity ahead of a mother's pain at suddenly losing a child in a freak accident is beyond me. An absolutely riveting read.
Lucy Dawson has written a highly emotional thriller, especially in the early part of the book. I thought the mother made several foolish choices but that is the basis of moving the story along to the end the author wants. Although this is not the usual story I enjoy reading, I do recognize good writing and characterization as well as plot features. The second third of the book was slow but that was to put in place the explosive conclusion.
The main character made me cross sometimes Weak and making wrong decisions she created trouble for herself. I guessed which character was making trouble but not the full story. I only completed the book to see who was responsible earlier thinking to give up reading it. As you can tell not a favourite read .
This book is so well written and the characters so well developed that I felt totally immersed in the book from the first page. A well told story, with twists that kept me enthralled. The ending a complete surprise!!. Loved it.