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    Terrific & Taut

    After reading 'The Girlfriend' and 'The Temp' I was really looking forward to reading this book, "The Daughter." It was a highly addictive and entertaining read from beginning to end. I thought the plot was so cleverly executed and I really enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and seeing how their stories developed throughout. I loved that the story was told from the two different viewpoints, switching perspectives between mother and daughter, Kate and Becky, giving me just enough flashback information to fill in the gaps as I learned more of events in the present day. There were plenty of twists and turns that were a complete surprise to me and the clever combination of the taught plot, neat writing and high stakes kept me reading well into the night. I am really taken with Michelle Frances' books and she is a firm favourite of mine. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Pan Macmillan via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Interesting read

    Kate and her daughter have such a close and special bond, but when Becky is knocked off her bike and killed on her way home one night - Kate contacts the truck company to try to convince them to make changes so that nobody else is killed by their vehicles. The company puts into place changes to improve the drivers visibility of cyclists and Kate is overwhelmed at how "easy" this appeared to be. Little did she know that this would start Kate finishing the journalistic investigation that Becky had been working on - and she eventually finds out the truth behind the "accident". Kate puts herself through a basic legal qualification to help challenge chemical companies and the devastating effect of crop spraying on the local community. The story switches between the past of Kate being a very young single parent and the present of Kate coming to terms with losing her daughter and fighting for justice. It can be a little confusing (and slow) at times but is an interesting need.
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    Predictable & Padded

    When an accident leaves journalist Becky unable to finish her top secret report, her mother Kate picks up the reins to get justice. But what was she researching and what dark consequences did it ultimately have? The Daughter was an interesting story and had a very different topic from other thrillers I have read recently. It’s quite a unique premise and one I enjoyed reading more about, I certainly didn’t expect the subject matter of the book going in! I liked that it switched perspectives between Kate and Becky to give you just enough flashback info to fill in the gaps as you found out more in the present day. However, I did feel on the whole that the story felt padded out, especially as the plot itself was quite simplistic when you look back over it as a whole. I could see about 100 pages that could easily have been cut with no adverse effects on the story. There’s a lot of over description of food and drink in particular which I found a little odd, there’s also too much backstory into Becky and Kate’s past which although added a little colour in the beginning, got a little samey towards the end. There’s a lot of trips made that don’t go anywhere and a lot of money spent that I got a little confused as to where it was all coming from, as the plot reiterates again and again how poor Kate is. There’s a lot of time spent waiting for characters to catch up with what the reader already guessed many pages before – there’s never really a point where the plot catches you on the back foot and makes you gasp at a change in direction – most of it can really be guessed from the outset. I’m also not a fan of books that give you an epilogue where they tell you exactly what happened to each character as if it was a real story. Overall I thought The Daughter was an interesting concept but was a bit too padded with an easily guessable plot. Thank you to NetGalley & Pan Macmillan for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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