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My Darling Daughter

By: JP Delaney
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown,Jamie Parker,Kristin Atherton,Tamaryn Payne
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Summary

The much-anticipated gripping thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl Before—pre-order now!

The child you never knew

knows all your secrets....

Out of the blue, Susie Jones is contacted on social media by Anna, the girl she gave up for adoption fifteen years ago. 

But when they meet, Anna's home life sounds distinctly strange to Susie and her husband Gabe. And when Anna's adoptive parents seem to overreact to the fact she contacted them at all, Susie becomes convinced that Anna needs her help.

But is Anna's own behaviour simply what you'd expect from someone recovering from a traumatic childhood? Or are there other secrets at play here - secrets Susie has also been hiding for the last 15 years? 

©2022 Shippen Productions Ltd (P)2022 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"Dazzling." (Lee Child)

"Addictive." (Daily Express)

"Devastating." (Daily Mail)

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Hoped for something much better-just disappointing

I usually love JP Delaney, well having said that I adored "The Perfect Wife" and "The Girl Before" but returned "Playing Nice" and this seems - as far as I can recall to be a little similar in that it is firstly all about children and secondly, more specifically about children and their birth parents v non biological children.

Sigh ... domestic dramas are not my thing and it has to be a really excellent thriller for me to get onboard for endless parenting be it toddlers or teens or anything in between.

Sadly, though it began in an intriguing way - interesting enough for me to mention the premise to my husband who immediately guessed the twist - it soon became far from enjoyable and as predicted by my husband's prediction ... very predictable.

I imagine parenting a teen is very challenging. I read for escape. relaxation and fabulous twisty plots that get my mind whirring and I can really get absorbed by. This was just wearing and seemed endless. I listened but it was more like some poor friend pouring out their woes than a thriller.

Plus hated the way the dog was referred to as a rescue "mutt". Though of course better than the endless books of people wanting a dog and then running out and buying one while so many fabulous dogs in shelters are literally dying for a loving home.

Anyway, I digress, but yes I found myself tuning out and chapters rolling by as I mused on more pleasant and entertaining topics. I also am not keen on men writing endlessly and in details about women's reproductive issues as find it just a bit creepy.

I don't know what happened to author JP but I fear we are just following their life ... first off single girl - then wife - next toddler - now teen - maybe I will wait until the interest in child rearing days and domestic drama is over and tune in again for midlife crisis and perhaps the elder years but this is just a penance to listen to.

I did not hang about to discover what happened in the end, so many pregnancies/miscarriages, drugs, runaways, school stuff, safeguarding and social workers, I tuned out and decided to practice "Safeguarding" myself and return the book as soon as a pet rabbit's hutch was burned presumably with the rabbit in it though that was never mentioned one way or the other which although of course fiction, seemed rather callous - but then what would I expect from an author who refers to dogs as mutts.

Please JP, revisit your earlier work, get your mind off parenting and dishwater dull domestic settings and give us some of the fabulous fire and twisty, dark plotting of yesteryear, "The Girl Before" was a showstopper and one of my top 5 favourite books of all time - "The Perfect Wife" really was an amazing triumph, mind expanding and totally thrilling but this does not even feel like it was written by the same person :-(

Returning.


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Interesting, compelling but full of holes

Have to begin by saying that this is a compulsive but exasperating listen. The premise is good and it is undoubtedly the case that many women who give up their children/or have them taken away, face a future of remorse and guilt and a longing for reconciliation once the child they lost reaches out. So far so plausible but this child and this mothers story truly annoyed me. 15-year-old Skye is an arch manipulator and throughout the novel, she wreaks havoc in all directions whilst her hapless mother and would-be stepfather, seem powerless to address the situation. They make excuses for her when she needed to be brought to heel - just as any parent would be forced to do in such circumstances. They do not and the scheming teenager continues on her path of destruction without pause. Teenagers push buttons and despite their history, I find few reasons to ignore or excuse their behavior. Allowing guilt or remorse to obscure how one is being manipulated by a child one has never known, is (to me) ludicrous, and that is the seat of my exasperation. You might not agree - and that is your prerogative - and throughout, my attention never wavered despite my desire to shake the mother until she rattled and, at times, throw Skye under a bus! What an appalling thought but have to admit that it did cross my mind more than once!!!

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Couldn’t stop listening!

Thoroughly enjoyed this and after a few dull listens it was a relief to find something so binge worthy! The story itself is super fast paced with some great twists and turns throughout. The characters are so well written, I had a clear picture of them in my mind almost as if I was watching a movie and although it’s written from 3 POV,
please don’t let that put you off because it’s very easy to follow which I think shows a real talent of the writer’s part, Such an enjoyable listen and very well researched. Oh, and the narration is just outstanding! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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An ok book

This book was a nice length and long enough to tell a good story .
Not totally sure I’d recommend this book , it was ok. Didn’t hate it but didn’t love it.

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Gripping read

Amazing storylines throughout this. Told through three perspectives which each contributed further detail to create the whole picture.

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Couldn't stop listening

Never tend to write reviews but this book deserves one. Had me totally hooked. Highly recommend. You won't be disappointed.

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Disappointed.

All characters are intolerable. It started strong but went downhill FAST. I'm slightly disappointed because I really liked JP's other work, but this ain't it.

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Always like JP Delaney’s books.. this one was good but a little bit of common sense would have helped in the early stages of their interaction with Skye..but on the whole.. good

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JP Delaney does it again

Without fail JPD keeps producing amazing stories that are immensely thought provoking. The details are so precise, I think anyone can find something to relate to in this book, down to the commuters judgemental looks whether being on the giving or receiving end.

Highly recommend.

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Great characterisation

I'm always amazed at the way that JP Delaney can make you so angry at a character!