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Only Daughter by Sarah Denzil

Synopsis

‘Your daughter is dead.’ When Kat Cavanaugh hears the words every mother dreads, her perfect world shatters. She takes in the beautiful long blonde hair, torn yellow dress and chipped blue nail-varnish. It can’t be real. And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them. Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note her little girl left behind. She knows her bubbly, vivacious daughter would never take her own life. As she searches Grace’s perfume scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her little girl had been hiding. Secrets that could put her in terrible danger too. But Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, whatever it takes…

I received a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book gripped me from the first page and it didn’t let go. It tells the story of Kat trying to find out what happened to her daughter when she supposedly committed suicide never believing for a second that she did. I loved the ongoing mystery of what happened of course but I also enjoyed the journey of self revelation that Kat took, not only as a mother but accepting what her life was before that. It made me question how well we know our children at all and do we want to, especially as it turned out Kat didn’t know hers as much as she thought she did. It explores themes of nature vs nurture are you the way you are because you were born that way or do your parents make you act and feel the way you do. Nearly every character in this book was affected by the way their parents acted around them and treated them. How far would you go to protect or discover things about someone you love is the main story line though and will you like what you find at the end.

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