Thursday 28 April 2016

Review: The Daughter's Secret by Eva Holland

The Daughter's Secret
My daughter is a liar. A liar, liar, liar. And I'm starting to see where she gets it from.
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?

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

This story unfolds from Rosalinds POV in both the past and the present. This story isnt just about Stephanie running off with her teacher, it's so much more than that. Holland has done an amazing job at capturing the effect that it has on not just Stephanie but on the rest of her family, the way they adapt to life together once she has been found. The way certain things are brushed under the carpet never to be talked about, but always lurking there like a dirty little secret. Because the issues raised with Stephanies disappearance are never resolved, when the family gets the news that Temperley is about to be released from prison its understandable that things start to fall apart... especially since certain family members have new secrets of their own they are trying to keep hidden.

This book wasn't on my radar until a few days ago when it literally landed in my lap for me to read. I pretty much looked at the cover, read the title, read the tagline and decided this would be my next read. The relationships between the characters, the tension on each page, the need to know how this would all be resolved and despite the fact that the story itself was a slow burner, this book had me hooked from the very beginning. So hooked that I devoured this in a day.

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