Title: Somebody’s Daughter (review copy)
Author: David Bell
Genre/Themes: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Missing Child
Blurb from Goodreads
In the pulse-racing new suspense novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, the life of a little girl rests in the hands of the father who never even knew she existed…
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica’s nine-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.
But finding Felicity comes at a price–the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity’s safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.
I don’t tend to read many thrillers as so many these days seem to have a lot of graphic violence and I have a very weak stomach when it comes to such things but I do enjoy a fast paced, somewhat trashtastic thriller that doesn’t contain gory detail. And I mean trashtastic in a very affectionate way. The kind of book that you can get lost in over the course of a day lounging on a beach somewhere during your summer holidays or indulge in a quiet afternoon on the sofa after a long, stressful week.
This is exactly that type of book.
It’s fast paced. It’s immediately gripping and very easy to read. The chapters are short and sharp with each one ending on a mini cliffhanger of sorts that keeps you wanting to turn those pages to discover if you know ‘whodunit’.
The premise of the story is as such: one night while at home with his wife Angela, Michael Frazier answers a knock at the door to discover his ex-wife Erica standing there. She tells Michael that her daughter Felicity is missing and that she needs his help to find her because he is her father. This bombshell causes Michael to drop everything and he begins a journey to track down his missing daughter with his ex-wife throwing his current life into turmoil. Over the course of the book secrets from everyone’s past come to the fore and lives are changed forever.
The plot of the book roars into life immediately and this breakneck speed continues until the very end which constantly kept my attention. The story twists and turns its way to a somewhat predictable conclusion (I called it very early on) but that didn’t taint my enjoyment too much as there were what were ultimately minor characters and wild goose chases that did do their best to throw the reader off the scent.
As this was quite a light read I don’t feel I ever really connected emotionally with any of the main characters nor ever truly understood their motivations. As I don’t frequently read that many thrillers I don’t know if this is a standard plot device with which to keep the reader guessing but I would have liked a little more depth into discerning the mindset of Michael, Angela and Griffin the police officer. All felt a little too cliched to me in that we were just told random factoids about them instead of truly feeling or understanding what they felt.
On the whole I did really enjoy this book. It really diverted my attention over the course of the long afternoon that I read it and I would recommend it to someone who is looking for a light thriller to help them escape the mundanities of everyday life for a few hours.
I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Published July 2018