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    Simply Superb!

    Claire Allan is a favourite author of mine so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this talented author's latest novel, The Liar’s Daughter. This is my third book by this author, having previously read Her Name was Rose and Apple of my Eye both of which were outstanding five-star reads for me, and I was not disappointed. There was a lot for Claire Allan to live up to! The Liar’s Daughter is a compulsive and digressive thriller that has been well put together, with malice, deviousness and deep-rooted secrecy at its core. It brings to life an incredible family account of mistrust, paranoia and suspicion. It is a book containing themes of paedophilia, child abuse and rape, and the reader is categorically and unequivocally made aware of how these affect the lives and relationships of various family members. It is also a divulgence of desperation, and all the different layers of hatred. This book has many of the components that make a really good story: from the mood and undercurrents to the very clever writing and the experience of family secrets and incredibly tense relationships. For myself, the one thing that made this a memorable read was Claire Allan’s ability to regularly send me off course. Set mostly in one house in Ireland, this is a dual narrative story that switches between the dark past of Joe, and his death in the present. Readers are also furnished with a story that moves between Ciara and Heidi’s perspectives. This added depth to the story, particularly as these women are so different in personality. Claire Allan managed to create so much suspicion and mistrust through her story-telling and there was an overpowering sense of menace that emanated from the pages of this addictive read which is brimming with mystery. Another of my favourite aspects of this novel was the fluidity of the writing. The details and twists of the plot were brilliantly executed and every chapter left me with a compelling need to read on. The Liar’s Daughter is a supreme accomplishment, mixing general fiction with a chilling, sharp slice of thriller, culminating in an emotive and justifiable ending. I absolutely adored every chapter of this pacey novel and I would certainly recommend it. With thanks to Avon Books and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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    3.5 Stars

    This was an highly emotional read, often uncomfortable due to the subject matter of abuse, but Claire Allan does a fantastic job of dealing with things in a sensitive and genuine manner. Sexual abuse is never an easy subject to discuss or read about but it’s a valid issue and one that was handled with care here. What was unique about this one was that you not only hear from Laura and her step-sister Ciara, you hear from Joe as well and see what he’s thinking and feeling. It was a disturbing look inside the mind of a pedophile but it was also interesting to see what he was thinking. Heidi was such a sympathetic character, she’s never told anyone about the abuse. I was so empathetic towards her, she broke my heart and had been through so much, including her mother dying when she was so young. This was one of those books that makes you think and if you can stomach hard hitting subject matter then I can definitely recommend it. Claire Allan is a gifted writer and this was an emotional read that I won’t soon forget. My only complaint is it was a wee bit repetitive.
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    Brilliant read

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 Wow! A really good and emotional read! "Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death" "I wanted to scream that I didn't deserve this. But it was like there was a tiny voice, or a chorus of voices, whispering that this is exactly what I did deserve. In fact, I deserved much, much more." Joe is dying. His body is riddled with cancer. He has been giving 3 to 6 months. Heidi has to look after him but she can barely stand being in the same room as Joe. He is estranged from his daughter Ciara who reluctantly goes to see him before it's too late but she also hates him with a passion. Both these woman are damaged in so many ways. Then Joe dies but was it of natural causes or not? Will his death heal them in some way or will everything boil over? This is a story that might upset sensitive readers. It tackles some really difficult and upsetting issues of abuse and the consequences of keeping quiet. At times its tough to read because although I cannot put myself in the shoes of these woman, I can feel the pain and loneliness and frustration. It also makes you think.... how well do you really know people close to you and how quickly do you judge people who act out without knowing the real reason for their behaviour. A book I will definitely recommend to my customers and a story that will stay with me for a while.
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    Lovely family suspense

    Joe McKee has recently been told that he has incurable cancer and roughly 3-6 months left to live. His step-daughter Heidi collects him from the hospital and takes him home. He might be frail but she is still afraid of the man who made her childhood a complete misery. She won’t allow him to touch her and she is wondering how you behave towards a person who is dying at yet you truly hate them. Joe asks Heidi to call his daughter Ciara. She too doesn’t have any kind of relationship with her father and dislikes him also. Putting her own emotions to one side she visits him with her partner Stella. Ciara is too waiting for an apology that never comes just like Heidi. Because of the hard work looking after Joe now he is mainly bedridden, Heidi asks her Aunt Kathleen to come over from England to help look after him. One afternoon with a house full of people Joe dies and is found by Heidi’s husband Alex. The undertakers remove his body and as the family is waiting for him to be returned, ready to be laid out before his funeral the police arrive. They have reason to believe that it wasn’t cancer that killed Joe. There are marks on his body and it would seem like he has been asphyxiated, but who hated Joe the most that they were willing to commit murder rather than wait the 3-6 months for him to die naturally? The Liar’s Daughter is a novel about family, past hurts, and hidden secrets. It is told from the points of view of Heidi and Ciara and a few from Joe and in two different timelines, Now and Then. For those of you who read my reviews you will know that multiple POV books are not really my go-to reads and adding in two different timelines I was expecting myself to give up on this book just partway through, but I stuck with it and actually read it in just two sittings. From the detail in the synopsis I expected Joe to die earlier in the book than he did at 25% of the way through, but it was good to hear some chapters in his own words. He was a nasty man to his girls and yet the people outside of his house thought he was a lovely man and adored him. I’ve known a couple of people just like this so it was perfectly realistic to me. The characters were well developed and the plot kept me guessing as to which person wanted Joe dead the most. The main setting of the book is Joe’s house and there are plenty of conversations between all of the characters which help you to analyse them if you are trying to work out the culprit. The subjects covered in the book were done very sensitively and handled well. The Liar’s Daughter is the first book by author Claire Allan that I have read and her writing style, including short snappy chapters, kept this book moving along at a nice pace. I now look forward to reading more from her in the future.
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    An interesting and at times harrowing read

    Having read Her Name Was Rose I was already a fan of Claire Allan. However, I didn't like this book as much as I hoped I would. Like is a strange word to use as it's the harrowing tale of Joe McKee, a paedophile, who was loved and admired in his community, except by his daughter and step-daughter who both hated him. When he is dying they are asked to come and look after him but neither of them are understandably keen. What makes this book stand out though is the relationship between the two women - they hate each other. Joe left his wife and daughter Ciara to be with Natalie who has a daughter Heidi. But Natalie dies soon after and Heidi has to stay with Joe, who doesn't seem to have to legally adopt her or even apply to the court. Heidi's natural grandparents feel they are too old and their house is too small to take Heidi. And that's the bit that really annoyed me. If she were my granddaughter, I would take her in no matter how small my house or how old I was. Heidi is not a toddler. They would manage. Instead they leave her with a man who has already left one family and terrifies Heidi. Most of the story revolves around Ciara and Heidi fighting which got a bit tiresome after a while. There a few other characters who get involved when Joe dies and a number of clever twists but for me it wasn't enough. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a review.
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