Like Mother, Like Daughter: A gripping and twisty psychological thriller exploring who your family really are Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Imogen Brown is a normal 16-year-old girl. She's obsessed with beach volleyball, she occasionally enjoys the company of her younger sister, Jemima, she's saving for her first car...and she feels like she doesn't belong.
She thinks that her parents, Kat and Dylan, are hypocrites, playing the perfect family when she knows they really argue all the time. What Imogen doesn't know is that they're in financial difficulty after Dylan lost a number of his construction clients. Kat is trying to work things out with him, as all she's ever wanted is a tight-knit family - the family she never had.
One Friday evening, Kat and Dylan have their biggest fight yet - Dylan is snappy and out of character, saying things he doesn't mean. When Kat goes to wake Imogen the next day, she's not in her bed. Kat and Dylan call her friends, but no one has seen her since the previous day at school. Jemima had stayed at a friend's house and hadn't seen or heard from her sister since the previous morning. Imogen has gone missing.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 53 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 January 2020|
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616 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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Engrossing reading and once I started I couldn’t put the book down
Looking forward to your next one, Elle Croft!
Wow! Where do I start? LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER is a psychological thriller that is as perplexing as it is chilling. An addictive read that raises the age old adage of nature or nurture, posing the question is evil born or is it made? The adoption of the child of a serial killer and the fear that she may turn out like her mother is the basis for the multilayered domestic thriller where the twists are plenty and the tension is palpable. It is intense from the off that doesn't let up even as you turn the final page. But be warned...be prepared for one hell of a thrill ride!
Kat has always tried to treat both her daughters equally. But she struggles with sixteen year old Imogen more than twelve year old Jemima. Is it the moody adolescence rearing it ugly head...or is it something darker and more sinister running through her veins?
Because Imogen is the daughter of not one serial killer, but two.
Fifteen years ago, Kat and Dylan were struggling to fall pregnant when they decided the only option left was adoption. And the more they thought about it, the more they realised it was what they wanted. One day they got the call they'd been waiting for. They had a child for them...but the situation was complex. She was an 11 month old baby and she was the youngest child of serial killer couple Tim and Sally Sanders from the isolated farmed dubbed Satan's Ranch. Several couples that were ahead of them had already declined to go ahead but Kat and Dylan knew that this is what they signed up for - to give a child a stable and loving home. There was just one thing. The infant had a 5 year old brother who had been fostered together and usually in adoption cases it was preferable to keep siblings together. But in this case, no matter which way they looked at it, Kat and Dylan couldn't take the chance on the older child who had already been exposed to horrific abuse and more than likely carried the scars. For the baby's sake, she needed a fresh start.
And so Imogen Braidwood was born. Imagine Kat and Dylan's surprise when Kat fell pregnant a couple of years later and gave Imogen a baby sister in Jemima.
Now sixteen, Imogen has begin acting strangely. She's moody and distant with her parents and is suddenly caught fighting at school for which she is suspended because she won't reveal why. Kat wonders if it's just teenage angst or if it's the blood that runs through her veins? They have never told Imogen that she's adopted, wanting to protect her from the horrific nature of her biological parents' crimes. But have they done the right thing in keeping such a secret from her?
Then one morning Kat discovers that Imogen's bed has not been slept in and her daughter missing. After ringing around her friends, she reports her missing to the police who assure her that most teenagers will usually be back before long. But Imogen isn't most teenagers...and when Kat discovers that her daughter had submitted a DNA test, she realises that the past has come back to haunt them and they must tell the police who Imogen really is.
As the police uncover an interesting aspect that may or may not be related to Imogen's disappearance, the further Kat delves the more she realises that her daughter could be in grave danger and she makes a split second decision to confront the object of her nightmares by visiting Sally Sanders in prison. Not the smartest move, I would say, as Sally is an expert in her field and prison only sharpens here wits. Needless to say, she comes out with more questions that answers. And she still is no closer to finding Imogen.
And then she receives a text from an unknown number...and her blood runs cold. It's then that Kat realises she must use her wits to save her daughter from the nightmares of her past...and bring her home again.
This is such a brilliant read that focuses on family, infertility, bloodlines, adoption, betrayal, secrets and so much more. It's a psychological thriller that explores the notion of the inheritance of genetics in the analysis of nature versus nurture. Exactly what is in our DNA? Is one born bad or is evil made?
Added to the strained family relationships at the centre of this story is the chilling look into the mind of a serial killer. There are times when this narrative can be rather tense and uncomfortable reading while early on I found myself sympathising with Sally as an abused young girl herself and, as horrific as her crimes were, I could see the logic in her reasoning at the time even if I didn't agree with it. It is a clever writer that draws you into the mind of the villain in which you find a warped sense of understanding there. It really is a moral minefield that raises the questions we have often thought ourselves.
The story unfolds through the eyes of the three main female characters upon which LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER focuses - Kat, Imogen and Sally. And each narrative is cleverly woven into the next as the secrets are gradually revealed.
Intense from start to finish, LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER is fast paced psychological thriller that presses all the right buttons and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. And then there is that ending...WOW! I did not see THAT coming! So twisted and so equally delicious!
This is my first Elle Croft and what an introduction it was! Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this intense domestic and psychological thriller. Perfect for fans of this genre who love a dark and delicious twist.
It is hard to say too much about the story without spoiling it. It is best to go into this book pretty much blind. What I will say is that we hear the story from the points of view of 3 women... Imogen, who is 16 and struggling to fit in with her family, Kat, Imogen’s adoptive mother who is terrified that Imogen will be like her birth mother, and Sally, the birth mother who is a serial killer. We see how each of these women deal with the situation that they are in.
When you think you know what will happen guess again! Elle Croft is so good at the plot twist, seriously, this story will rock you, right up to the very last page. Oh, and it is set in Australia, South Australia for something different. I cannot recommend it more.
Thanks so much Hachette Books Australia for my advanced copy to read
I don’t want to rehash the plot on this one as it is best just going in with what the blurb has offered, but I will say is that you will be hooked instantly when starting this one, so make sure you have nothing else to do as it will consume you till the very last page.
This story is such an intriguing one and really delves into the human psyche and into the whole nature vs. nurture debate with how it influences human behaviour. It really is a fascinating insight and Elle has done an outstanding job in conveying it. The cast of characters have been perfectly created and play out their roles perfectly. I also really enjoyed how the book was structured with it voiced from three of the central characters point of views.
This is my first book by Elle and I was so impressed with it. So much so, I have now downloaded her whole back catalogue to sink my teeth into. She had my attention right from the get go and kept me engaged throughout, while I was furiously turning the pages to see how it was all going to unfold, which it does so in jaw dropping spectacular fashion.
Like Mother, Like Daughter is a fast paced read that is compelling, intense and one that will definitely get under your skin and have you going over and over it in your head long after you have finished reading it. I was my absolute pleasure to read and review Like Mother, Like Daughter which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Orion and Elle Croft for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Like Mother, Like Daughter which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot focuses on Imogen struggling with knowing who she is, struggling to fit in, getting into fits at school and her parents begin to wonder whether it's her true identity showing as Imogen is adopted (not a spoiler!). When Imogen disappears in seek of who her real family are, Elle really turns the mystery up and before I could blink, I was reading the epilogue in utter shock.
I won't spoil the plot for anyone but there is one person throughout the narrative who you wouldn't expect due to their personality and how they have been perceived. It was a truly fantastic book, I managed to read it in a few days and I really can't wait for the next one.
Not only is this book brilliantly written but the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Cannot wait for Elle to release her next book