Book review: Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda

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Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda was a pleasant surprise. I confess I didn’t want to put it down, though planned poorly so had to stop halfway through… taking two nights to read this addictive tale.

It’s a common theme in the world of crime fiction and thrillers – old disappearances, murders or mysteries come back to haunt those in the present. It’s very much the case here, though with a little twist.

Book review: Daughter of Mine by Megan MirandaDaughter of Mine
by Megan Miranda
Published by Quercus
on 09/04/2024
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Thriller / Suspense
ISBN: 1529438543
Pages: 352
four-stars
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When Hazel Sharp, daughter of Mirror Lake's longtime local detective, unexpectedly inherits her childhood home, she's warily drawn back to the town - and people - she left behind almost a decade earlier.

But Hazel's not the only relic of the past to return: a drought has descended on the region, and as the water level in the lake drops, long-hidden secrets begin to emerge, including evidence that may help finally explain the mystery of her mother's disappearance . . .

It’s the death of Hazel’s father that brings her home but it’s the discovery of not one, but two cars submerged in the local lake that has the town talking. Until Hazel is the sole beneficiary of her father’s will that is… and many are up in arms. She’s a house-flipper by trade but surprised when her father leaves the family home to her, overlooking her brothers Gage and Caden – both of whom remained in town and followed their father into law enforcement.

We learn quickly that Hazel’s relationship with her father and brothers is complicated and I appreciated the early twist Miranda offers up here.

Hazel’s life has been shaped by her mother leaving when she was in her early teens, but now new discoveries are being unearthed (or rather floated!) calling into question everything she thought she knew about her past and her family.

One of the things I liked (and didn’t like) about this is that, for some time, we’re not sure there’s even a mystery to be solved. In the past or the present, even when Caden’s wife (and Hazel’s former best friend Jamie) disappears. Her brothers are unconcerned, but Hazel can’t believe Jamie would leave her daughter behind and the circumstances are worryingly similar to Hazel’s own mother leaving… And then when Jamie’s mother dies under suspicious circumstances it’s obvious that there’s more at play.

Although we’re offered a few suspects from the past it’s not that hard to guess some of the backstory here, however Miranda does add in some layers of complexity and throws in a few surprises in along the way so has Hazel (and us) wondering who she can trust.

Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda was published by Quercus Books in the UK and now available.

I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. 

four-stars

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