Title: The Daughter
Author: Liz Webb
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Publication Date: 19th May 2022
I lean in and whisper the question I have never let myself utter in twenty-three years.
“Dad, did you murder Mum?”
Hannah Davidson has a dementia-stricken father, an estranged TV star brother, and a mother whose death opened up hidden fault lines beneath the surface of their ordinary family life.
Now the same age that Jen Davidson was when she was killed, Hannah realises she bears an uncanny resemblance to her glamorous mother, and when her father begins to confuse them she is seriously unnerved.
Determined to uncover exactly what happened to her mum, Hannah begins to exploit her arresting likeness, but soon the boundaries between Hannah and her mother become fatally blurred.
I was so intrigued by the premise of The Daughter – it sounded totally different to any other thriller I’ve read and I’m pleased to say it lived up to my high hopes for an unusual and compelling read. There is a really thorny and complex mystery at the heart of the story and Hannah is herself pretty complicated. She’s a great main character to follow as the secrets and lies from her past start becoming indistinguishable to those in her present. The nature of truth and fallibility of memory are strong themes throughout and make for an evocative and interesting read. One thing I particularly liked about The Daughter is the way the author managed to maintain a sort of dark humour in what is a pretty sinister tale. This is a compelling and clever thriller that feels satisfyingly original. Would definitely recommend!
Thank you to Helen Richardson and Allison & Busby for having me on the tour and providing me with a proof copy of the book. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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