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Review: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Title: Daisy Darker
Author: Alice Feeney
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)United Kingdom

SummaryDaisy Darker was born with a broken heart. Now after years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in her crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. When the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.

But at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows…

Trapped on an island where someone is killing them one by one, the Darkers must reckon with their present mystery as well as their past secrets, before the tide goes out and all is revealed. As seen on the TODAY show and picked by Book of the Month, Daisy Darker's family secrets and Alice Feeney's trademark shocking twists will keep readers riveted.

Review: I'm not going to lie, this book mostly worked for me, but not completely. I was going to give it a 3.5, but the ending boosted it up to a 4.

None of the characters in this book are likable. The narrator, Daisy, is full of self pity and anger though most of it is totally understandable once you learn about her family. The other characters are mean, indifferent to family and significant events, and only care about how events affect themselves.

The book alternates chapters between now (October 31) and Daisy's memories of events from the mid 1980s when the sisters were children. The flashbacks explain the history of the family, their antagonism toward one another, and why things are so bad for them all. I thought I had figured out who the murderer was, but I was wrong so that's good. And, as I said above, the ending was totally unexpected and brought everything that came previously into focus so well done!

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Bookish--Nana is an author and there are references to her book throughout the novel
  • Popsugar--Poppins, the dog, plays an important role

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