Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
After reading Rock Paper Scissors, I was an instant Alice Feeney fan. Then, I read His & Hers and I was floored that I liked her as an author (it was not a good book). This year, Daisy Darker came out. A friend at book club read it and thought I would like it, and let me borrow it. (I love book people.)
The New York Times bestselling Queen of Twists returns…with a family reunion that leads to murder.
After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.
The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then 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 comes in and all is revealed.
For starters, STOP TRYING TO RE-TELL AGATHA CHRISTIE NOVELS, especially And Then There Were None. That story is fantastic and everyone should read it. BUT there is a reason Agatha Christie is as amazing as she is. Other authors should stop trying.
Phew! Needed to get that rant off my chest. If you read Daisy Darker and try to separate it from ATTWN, it’s a pretty good book! It got a little drag-y in bits, but it was a pretty interesting twist at the end. I think it’s also a deep enough twist that you can even peek at the end and you’ll struggle to find it. (I peek at the end of almost every book. Definitely ruined Then She Was Gone as I’m reading it now…)
From a character perspective, no one was likeable. That’s definitely the point: An isolated house full of garbage people makes for an interesting story. I will say that I spent the majority of the book worrying about the dog, Poppins. Don’t worry, friends! Poppins is A-okay in the end.
Since Goodreads doesn’t do half stars, I gave Daisy Darker three stars. It was a 3.5 read, but not quite enough of a half star to get the round up to four stars. (Yes, I do put a lot of thought into my starring logic.) I’ve had one awesome Alice Feeney book, one decent book, and one book that I’d rather light on fire. Maybe I’ll read Sometimes I Lie soon…
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