Super excited to be hosting Lucy Dawson alongside my lovely blogger friend, Chocolate ‘N’Waffles! ‘The Daughter’ is such a nail-biting read, and I thrilled to be sharing my review with you all today as part of the blog tour. As always, huge thanks to Bookouture for the ARC and the tour invite. Here is my review:
You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone’s determined to make you pay…
Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.
To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.
What does TWG think?
Oooooohhhhh my goodness me. Let me just get this bit out of the way first – I found a portion of ‘The Daughter’ exceptionally difficult to read as my own daughter is a similar age to one of the characters in the book. I’m not going to lie, it even brought tears to my eyes. How daft is that?
Right, now I have admitted that let’s get to the good bits!
Once I overcame my little wobble at the beginning, it didn’t take me long to fall under Lucy Dawson’s spell. Jess has had an incredibly tough time where her daughter, Beth, is concerned, but whoever said time is a healer was a liar. Poor Jess will pay for that for the rest of her life and, just when she thought she was able to move on with her life, her past comes back to haunt her. It seems as though other people haven’t quite forgotten that one memorable day, either!
I felt so, so sorry for Jess and everything she had to go through. Of course there were times where I thought she was bringing a little bit of it on herself, especially as she just couldn’t seem to let go of a certain person and its situation. I had to stop myself from shouting at the book ‘walk away you dozy mare!!’, but I don’t think my daughter would have appreciated being woken up by my shouts.
Did I have an inkling about where the storyline was heading?
Did I hell!! Even though I had a bit of scepticism towards one character in particular, I still couldn’t decide who was the culprit and why. There was so much pointing in one direction, with still so much pointing in another direction – I couldn’t have called it even if I wanted to! Everything was just so close the entire way through. I loved how Lucy Dawson was able to keep me guessing until the very end, teasing me with little things to try to change the direction of my thoughts. Very, very cleverly done.
In all honesty, I am quite surprised to find that I am still breathing, as there were moments where I was holding my breath, unsure of what lay ahead when I turned the page.
‘The Daughter’ is an incredibly gripping and intense read, full of hard to swallow scenarios, and cleverly woven situations. I really did enjoy this one!