The Daughter by Lucy Dawson

Firstly I need to apologize for the lack of a post yesterday, and the lateness of today’s post. I have had a pretty hectic couple of days with both family and work crises! They never come in ones, do they? I may also be a little late tomorrow as I will be putting in a few extra hours at work in order to play catch up.

But on to the real business. . .  The Daughter by Lucy Dawson

The Daughter by Lucy Dawson
The Daughter 
by Lucy Dawson (Goodreads Author)


EXCERPT: ‘If I had told you about Simon, you would never have kept Beth at that school and she would be alive now.’

The confession burned silently in my mind. I closed my eyes; I was unable to look at him.

“We’ve lost our daughter – ”

‘She’s almost certainly not your child.’

THE BLURB: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: The Daughter by Lucy Dawson is a well written psychological-thriller that moves along at a good pace. It is written over two timelines, firstly when Jess is twenty-four and then almost twenty years later.

I have to admit that I didn’t like Jess, the main character, and in the early part of the book I had to keep reminding myself that she was very young and that, at that age, we don’t always think things through. But even twenty years later, she doesn’t seem to have matured much. She has a lovely husband and child, but remains obsessed by her dead first child. Her obsession and the accompanying paranoia are central to the success of the story.

Dawson had me really wondering just who was behind all the misfortunes that were befalling Jess and her family, and my suspicious mind was leaping from person to person – always the sign of a good read when I suspect everyone!

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Daughter by Lucy Dawson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my profile page or the ‘about’page on for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my page

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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