[Book Review] Lies, Lies, & The Edge of Obsession: The Daughter by Lucy Dawson


The Daughter

Author: Lucy Dawson

Genre: Crime Fiction

To be published on January 24th 2018 by Bookouture

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And 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, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, 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.


I’ve been meaning to talk about this book for a long while now but could never formulate the right words for a review. Firstly, The Daughter’s premise was crazy scary enough for me. It was actually the twisted idea of punishing someone for losing their child that made me want to read this book.

Although The Daughter is a classic murder mystery book of “who did it?”, this is not the highlight of the novel. I found it to be more of a sort of psychological look at the effects of guilt, obsession, and grief. I was quite surprised with how the book opened – immediately jumping to the death of Jess’ daughter – and left me emotionally drawn to the book. Because once that happened I simply couldn’t put it away without knowing. The book hooks you in right from the start.

What I loved most about The Daughter is that the author doesn’t answer everything in the end. Nothing is neatly tied up. There are some “plot holes” – for lack of a better term – that drove me crazy because the “why?” had never been answered.

The characters are all…well, morally ambiguous. The things people would do for love or what they think to be love veers so close on the edge of obsession that I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the set of characters. It was all a matter of perspective, and that’s what I loved about this book! You’ll judge the characters, you’ll sympathize with them, and you might even hate them. I can’t guarantee that you will care for the characters much less like them  but that’s what make the book so tragically realistic.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book. However, as always, all opinions are my own.


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