I enjoyed The Daughter by Liz Webb- a murder mystery in a complicated family.
‘I lean in and whisper the question I have never let myself utter in twenty-three years.
‘Dad…did you murder Mum?’
Hannah Davidson has a dementia-stricken father, an estranged TV star brother, and a mother whose death opened up hidden fault lines beneath the ordinary surface of their family life.
At thirty-seven, Hannah is losing her grip on both her drinking and a cache of shameful secrets. Now the spitting image of her mother Jen Davidson, and the same age she was when she died, Hannah is determined to uncover exactly what happened to her mum, but soon the boundaries between Hannah and her mother become fatally blurred.
I’m pleased I won The Daughter by Liz Webbe in a giveaway run by the author and this isn’t a book that would normally hit my radar!
This is much more than a simple who did murder mystery- who killed Hannah’s glamorous mum Jen all those years. This is a book that reflects on the damage and trauma the violent death of a parent can cause a person. Hannah the first-person narrator is mess when returns home to look after her father who has dementia. She decides to take advantage of her resemblance to her mother to confirm whether her father did indeed kill her mother all those years.
Hannah was perhaps a misguided heroine, but I liked her and she felt so realistic. The book explores her fractured relationship with her famous brother, which provides some of the lighter moments of the book.
Despite some of the dark themes in the book, this was a fun and easy read and whizzed through this because I really wanted to know who killed Jen and does Hannah finally get her life together.
I will be keeping an eye out for more book from the author!