Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.
The Daughter's Secret by Eva Holland My daughter is a liar. A liar, liar, liar. And I'm starting to see where she gets it from.
Published by Orion on August 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Suspense
Source: Received from Publisher
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When Rosalind's fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, ran away with her teacher, this ordinary family became something it had never asked to be. Their lives held up to scrutiny in the centre of a major police investigation, the Simms were headline news while Stephanie was missing with a man who was risking everything.
Now, six years on, Ros takes a call that will change their lives all over again. He's going to be released from prison. Years too early. In eleven days' time.
As Temperley's release creeps ever closer, Ros is forced to confront the events that led them here, back to a place she thought she'd left behind, to questions she didn't want to answer. Why did she do it? Where does the blame lie? What happens next?
My daughter is a liar. A liar, liar, liar. And I'm starting to see where she gets it from.
The Assets of The Daughter’s Secret by Eva Holland:
- Intrigue: The book holds out the mystery of what exactly what happened 6 years ago when Stephanie disappeared really well. And this shadows the whole book with an air of secrecy.
- Non Stereotype Characters : The characters are very unique. Not exactly likeable but definitely not cookie cutter. I liked that they represented all the families that don’t really talk feelings (like mine!) as so often I see families in books spilling all the feels to each other and I find it hard to identify with that. But here they are a family of dark horses and that I can relate to!
- Decisions that make you cringe! I love when I get so involved in a book that dubious decisions make me flinch! I was totally immersed and I felt connected to the characters. Whether that connection was annoyance, fearful for them or impatient with them; I felt it!
- A story from the headlines: I enjoyed that the book felt like it was plucked out of the news headlines but as well taking on the scary missing child theme, it also dealt with the knock-on repercussions.
The Liabilities of The Daughter’s Secret by Eva Holland:
- Slow Pace: The pace is snail slow. It’s slowed down by a lot of inner turmoil and angst on behalf of Rosalind and I did find the book suffered a bit for this.
- Secondary characters are harder to understand: For example Rosalind’s husband, I find it hard to understand exactly why he behaved as he did and I’d love to have had a little more insight into what motivated his actions/lack of them.
Investment potential: The Daughter’s Secret by Eva Holland
I’d say go for it if you like complicated characters, suspenseful plots and are ok with a slower pace. Fans of Before you Die by Samantha Hayes and The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly might also enjoy as these also feature realistically flawed characters.
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Thanks to Orion for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.