It’s an honour today to be able to share my review of The Daughter by Lucy Dawson as part of the blog tour. This was an incredibly good book and I’d like to thank Bookouture for the copy and the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.
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.
Published by Bookouture January 24th and available to purchase at the following retailers – Amazon UK | Amazon US
As a parent I think one of the worst fears is the thought of receiving a phone call to say something terrible has happened to your child but this is exactly what happens to Jess in The Daughter. Jess receives a phone call to say daughter Beth, who she left happily at school that morning has been rushed to hospital. What follows is a dramatic and harrowing story and one that is filled with secrets and lies.
The Daughter is told in two-time frames, first we have the build up and after math of Beth’s accident and then we go seventeen years on to where Jess has moved on and is trying to build a new life for herself. I have to say the first part of the story my heart was breaking for Jess, no mother wants to feel the way Jess does and Lucy Dawson has done an incredible job of portraying those feelings, the loss, the loneliness and the guilt that a mother feels and can do very little about.
Jess not only has all that to contend with, she also has a secret, a rather large secret that she’s hidden and intends to keep hidden for as long as she can. I didn’t agree with Jess and the decisions she made but I could understand her reasoning’s.
The second part of the book, seventeen years later was an intense read. Oh boy, I did not want to put this book down. Someone’s out to make Jess suffer and my heart was in my mouth while reading about it. I’ve never come across a psychological thriller that has had me so upset and terrified at the same time. I did figure out quite early on who was trying to make Jess suffer but it didn’t spoil it for me in the slightest, if anything it made me a bit more on edge and I was desperate for Jess to see what I could see.
The Daughter is a cracking good story about loss, lies, guilt and obsession. It’s filled with characters that jump off the page, some you may like and others not so much but they feel real and The Daughter is written so well it was so easy to just completely get lost and lose track of time.
I’m really looking forward to reading more from Lucy Dawson and will be recommending The Daughter that’s for sure.
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Bestselling author Lucy Dawson has had six books published, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. Lucy read Psychology at Warwick University before working as a magazine editor. She now writes full-time and lives in Devon with her husband and children.