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NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK
How well do you really know those you love?
Jenny loves her three teenage children and her husband, Ted, a celebrated neurosurgeon. She loves the way that, as a family, they always know each other’s problems and don’t keep secrets from each other.
But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play and a nationwide search for her begins, secrets previously kept from Jenny are revealed.
Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother desperately searching for answers. But the traces Naomi’s left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she’d raised. And the more she looks the more she learns that everyone she trusted has been keeping secrets.
How well does she really know her sons, her husband? How well did she know Naomi? If Jenny is going to find her, she’ll have to first uncover the truth about the daughter she thought told her everything.
The synopsis of Daughter immediately appealed to me. I don’t know what it is about thriller/mystery stories like this, but something immediately makes me want to read it. Whilst Daughter isn’t my favourite book in this genre, I still thought it was a solid read, well worth looking at if you’re into mysterious adult fiction!
Daughter centres around Jenny and her family, but specifically the mysterious disappearance of Naomi, Jenny’s youngest child. She disappears after a performance at school leaving her family wondering whether she was still alive. As clues are searched for, Jenny realises that she didn’t know her daughter very well at all. Not only that, Jenny doesn’t know her boys or her husband either. As the search for Naomi continues, Jenny unravels a lot of family secrets that she had no idea were lurking.
Daughter jumps around to different times including before and after Naomi’s disappearance. It is always clearly labelled with the amount of days before or after so you know exactly what time period you are reading about. It also jumps a year into the future. I don’t always think this works with books, as it can get a little confusing and can sometimes feel a little disjointed, but this isn’t the case with Daughter. It works.
I have to admit, Daughter is quite a bleak read, but I think you’d expect that given the subject matter. As well as trying to solve the mystery of Naomi’s disappearance it also focuses on the secrets between families. The secrets slowly come out and the family are left to deal with the consequences. This, alongside Naomi’s disappearance really does make the story incredible intense.
Daughter is an enjoyable read, but to me, it didn’t stand out against other books in the genre. It was good, fast-paced and well written but it wasn’t really anything unique.
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