Second Bookouture blog tour and I have the pleasure of being one of the bloggers closing the tour for ‘Only Daughter’ by Sarah Denzil. Many thanks, once again, to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
‘Your daughter is dead.’
When Kat Cavanaugh hears the words every mother dreads, her perfect world shatters. She takes in the beautiful long blonde hair, torn yellow dress and chipped blue nail-varnish. It can’t be real.
And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them.
Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note her little girl left behind. She knows her bubbly, vivacious daughter would never take her own life.
As she searches Grace’s perfume-scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her little girl had been hiding. Secrets that could put her in terrible danger too.
But Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, whatever it takes…
What does TWG think?
If anyone thinks that it’s a wise move to question the gut instinct of a mumma, then you are very mistaken!
Kat has had to do something no parent should ever do – identify her dead daughter for the police. Her little girl is dead. The police believe that Grace committed suicide, but Kat thinks that’s a load of nonsense. Does she know everything about her daughter?
‘Only Daughter’ is a book which, for the most part, leaves you with way more questions than answers. Was it suicide? If not, how did Grace end up dead? Should Kat be able to trust those around her, or are they waiting to watch her fall?
It was gripping. It was gritty. It was jam packed with suspense. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the certain events dragged on a little bit too long.
Kat is definitely a marmite character – her heart is in the right place but I couldn’t work her out at times! There seemed to be a lot more to her personality than what the author allowed us to see, yet in a frustratingly fab sense, it worked.
Despite being on the fence at times, I enjoyed the author’s attention to detail and the way in which she carved the suspense for her storyline. ‘Only Daughter’ did keep me guessing and I thought that the level of grit was very well incorporated into the actions of the individual characters.
About the author.
Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. In her alternative life–AKA Sarah Dalton–she writes speculative fiction for teenagers, including The Blemished, Mary Hades and White Hart.
Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather.
Saving April, Sarah’s debut suspense thriller, is a psychological look into the minds of the people around us who we rarely even consider – our neighbours. What do we really know about them, and what goes on when the doors are closed?