Today’s selection is the latest thriller by David Bell, which released just days ago. I really enjoyed Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away so I jumped at the chance to download a pre-release copy of Somebody’s Daughter from NetGalley.
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.
Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl’s safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth….
This book does not disappoint. The reader is taken on a journey that focuses on the disappearance of a child and whether or not Michael is her biological father, an emotional issue that is colored by his family’s past.
The well written narrative presents the distinct perspectives of Michael, his current wife, and one of the police officers involved in the search. These characters were especially well developed, making it easy to identify with what they were going through. The plot was interesting and well paced, and the writer’s use of short chapters made it even harder for me to put this book down. The temptation to read just one more, and then another, kept those pages turning.
The only negative for me was that the ending felt a bit abrupt, leaving one plot question not fully addressed. Nonetheless, if you enjoy mystery and suspense, this is definitely a book to add to your TBR list.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.