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    Only Daughter

    I loved the book from beginning to end. Can’t wait to see what other books this author will come up with.
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    Mother has lost her only daughter to suicide -or that is what the police say. Is it her own fault? Is it her husband's fault? Her boyfriend, or her friends, or is someone else guilty. Like the cover art but have decided these psychological reads are not to my liking. A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Omg, Sarah A Denzil is my new favorite author!!! What didn’t I like about the Only Daughter!!! I absolutely loved the plot of this book. It’s about a strong willed mother who will not believe that her only daughter committed suicide. She is on a mission to find out what happened and to come to terms with her daughters death. This character was one of my favorites in this book. I also liked there were so many twists and surprises throughout the whole book. I would have never guessed the ending of this book. All of this made this book an easy and fast read and I will gladly give it 5 Stars.
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    A great read!

    Thank-you to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and advanced copy of Only Daughter in exchange for an honest review. Short synopsis: In one moment, Kat Cavanaugh’s perfect world is shattered into tiny fragments. The flash of her daughter’s yellow dress, the blonde hair hanging across her precious face. Her own heart broken. Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her only child’s body is found lifeless in an overgrown abandoned quarry. My thought’s: After her daughters death is ruled a suicide, Kat can’t help but feel that there is no way that her daughter would take her own life. Grace seems to have it all. She comes from a wealthy family, attends a prestigious school where she is popular with her classmates and even plays violin in the school band. So why would she want to kill herself? Not being able to come to terms with the coroners findings, Kat decides to take matter into her own hands to seek out the truth. But by doing so, she uncovers that Grace wasn’t the perfect daughter she appeared to be and she is soon faced with the some horrifying truths that also make her relive her own dark past. This is a fast paced psychological thriller that keeps you wanting more. It hooks you right from the start and when you think you have it figured out you are faced with more twists and turns. The characters are very well written and Sarah takes the reader on the emotional journey of a mother and her desperate need to uncover the truth about what really happened to her daughter. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
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    Stunning, chilling, poignant!

    Mother and daughter relationships are captivating. They say it shapes your life, and in a way, it truly does. I am blessed to have a strong and independent mother who loves me unconditionally, and as an only child, I was (over)protected and cherished (still am!). What interests me is to compare my own experience with others and to clash it against clichés. I picked Only Daughter because of the winning combination of a beautiful blue cover, an efficient title, and an intriguing synopsis. Reading Only Daughter is like opening a bottle of perfume. When I was little, I used to hide in my aunt’s room at my grandparents and open those small glasses containing this strange water. Some bottles made me happy, others nostalgic, and the worst made me sneeze. This is where I learned the power of fragrances. The intoxicating scent surrounded me straight away, plunging me in every mother’s nightmare. The opening is poignant, desperate, and heart-breaking, and left me bereft. Then, without awareness, my heart started beating at the same rhythm as Kat. The smell, strong and lingering, wrapped us in a clear fog, the new and empty world of a mother without her daughter. The scent never left me and kept me awake until 3am, unable to tear myself away from the novel in my hands. Sarah Denzil impressed me with her spot-on writing, never weepy, always heart-wrenching, swimming from one emotion to the other, allowing Kat to navigate her new boat without the anchor that was Grace. Only Daughter doesn’t deal with the hackneyed mother-daughter tropes. It goes above and beyond. It gives grief a colour, it gives emptiness a form, and it gives a mother the opportunity to show her fire. How well do you know your child? Grace is said to have committed suicide, but Kat can’t even begin to imagine her daughter doing such a thing. This made me walk down memory lane, to my teenage years and the days of struggles. Finding myself meant not telling my mother everything. Did it mean I didn’t love her? Trust her? Can Kat make the link between the Grace she knew and the one her actions and things left behind are portraying? Those questions talked to the deepest places of my heart and stirred so many emotions in me that I almost got scared. The bottle of perfume… The smell of her daughter mixed with Kat’s guilt, and the bittersweet taste of her questions. As we get to know Grace through Kat’s eyes, we also intrude Kat’s mind, and this was the most beautiful and moving part I have ever read. Kat is no ordinary woman. Her belief that her daughter would never have chosen death is common, but the author takes this usual reaction and pushes it to the limits, exploring a mind that is boiling with overflowing emotions and seeing the world through dark glasses. There is a true observation of a woman, a wife, and a mother here. One you can’t forget, one that life and death can’t change. I fell for Kat. It happened unexpectedly, suddenly, and it swallowed me whole. Grace’s presence is everywhere, and so are secrets and lies around her passing away. I sometimes wondered if Kat was chasing her daughter’s ghost, clinging to the bluish scent of her sweet teenager. I sometimes truly believed there was more that met the eyes around Grace’s fate. I can’t categorise Only Daughter. It definitely is a character-driven novel. Characters you fight against, fight with, live with. But the mystery hovers above as a burning whirlwind. Kat turns her pain into a driving force, walking through the fire and holding on to the bond which linked her to Grace, until the truth is revealed. How do I let you know that my heart felt like exploding, that my chest felt too small to digest the reality of it all, that saying goodbye to Grace brought me peace and reinforced my faith in motherhood? How do I convey the strength with which the author strikes Kat, and her readers, with the past and the present, with life and death? Only Daughter is a magnificent psychological novel, one that makes you dig deep to connect to the roots of our emotions. I am in awe of Sarah A. Denzil’s ability to imprison her character in a bottle, letting them float and cast a spell on the reader, taking them by the hand for an unforgettable experience.
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