Only Daughter

Only Daughter

March 13th 2019
February 11, 2019 February 15, 2019

Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her only child’s body is found lifeless in an overgrown, abandoned quarry.

Desperate to find out what happened, Kat questions those closest to her as she tries to piece together the last days of Grace’s life. But as a darker side to her little girl begins to unravel, Kat wonders if she ever really knew Grace.

As Kat is drawn into a twisted game of lies, is she also in terrible danger? And will she be able to unlock her daughter’s final shocking secret?

Even if the truth is unthinkable…

About the book

I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. I chose this book because I didn’t know the author. Obviously I read it in English.

The book starts with a 17-year- old girl, Grace’s last minutes of life. From her words we find out that she fell (was pushed?) in a quarry and with all her strength left, she tries to save her life. More over we find out that her mother might be in danger.

The tale is in first person and given to Grace’s mother, Kat, who doesn’t believe that her only daughter killed herself like the police says. Kas has herself a particular past.

I like the mystery behind Kat’s past and that we know that there is something wrong in Grace’s death.

In this book there is the millennium dilemma that all parents have. Be strict with their children or give them freedom to make mistakes? I personally don’t have kids and I don’t know how I will educate them nowadays, I know that my parents weren’t so strict that I couldn’t breathe, but they gave me an education that very few have today.

Then this book talks about psychic disorders, in fact Kat believes she is a sociopath. I don’t know whether Kat is really a sociopath or not, I don’t know if sociopaths are only anti-social or are violent, too (I don’t think so, I think there is a difference even if small, between not having feelings for other people and being violent because you don’t have a soul – those people should be psychopath, no?),  but I like what Kat thinks about herself.

I like that we find out little by little about the characters, I mean Grace’s friends, Grace herself, her mother and father.

I wonder if what Kat’s believes (about being a sociopath) is a misdiagnose. I don’t know, I’m about half way through the book and from her behavior I don’t believe she is. Maybe she’s a little bit quarrelsome but I believe she has emotions.

I should have understood that was that “person” from Kat’s past, I thought there was something strange in Kat’s recollection of what happened in the past. But I did believe that Kat hurt that “person” and not that she didn’t remember well.

I liked the book, it’s a bit slower than the books that I usually read, but I like the narration give to one person and how little by little we find out about Kat’s past. I know, it seems absurd, but I think the slowness  is there because Kat repeats herself quite a bit, telling things that she’s already said before and because it isn’t a book that you can’t keep it down, it’s a linear tale. Nevertheless I liked the plot, about how Kat finds out who she really is and that sometimes it’s nurture against nature that influences a certain behavior

More over I liked the style. Short chapters and well structured.

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