No one deserves to be taken before their time. Do they?
Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon.
But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.
As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast over whether Joe’s death was due to natural causes. Because the lies that Joe told won’t be taken to the grave after all – and the truth gives his daughters the best possible motive for killing him…
I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for The Liar’s Daughter by Claire Allan. My thanks to Sanjana Cunniah of Avon Books for inviting me on to the tour and for my digital copy of the book, received via Netgalley, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
I read this book in a single day. I absolutely could not tear myself away from it, so caught up was I in the intricacies of the relationships going on between the pages. I hadn’t expected this, as the subject matter of the book isn’t the easiest of topics to read about, but the author deals with it very sensitively and the plot itself was full of tension.
I have to say, the vast majority of the characters in this book are unsympathetic to say the least, save the main protagonist Heidi, who had me on side from the start, and her husband, Alex, who seemed to be the only genuinely sane and undamaged soul in the whole book. However, this antipathy towards almost everyone else paid off throughout the course of the novel as the mystery surrounding Joe’s death unfolds and we, the readers, leap from one character to the next in our pursuit of suspects.
The author does a magnificent job of unfurling the information piece by relevant piece to keep our perspective on the story changing from chapter to chapter and tweezing out the stress unbearably to the end of the book. Just when we think we know what is happening, there is another subtle twist in perspective and we have to rethink what is going on.
This book made for an uncomfortable but gripping read, dealing as it does with the worst in human nature and the lasting damage that does to everyone who comes into contact with it. The author is skilled at straining every nerve of the reader through the structure of the book and the prose and I defy anyone to be able to put this book down for long before needing to go back to it and end the tension. One for people who likes their thrillers with some bite.
The Liar’s Daughter is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Please do check of the rest of the fabulous bloggers taking part in the tour for some alternative reviews:
About the Author
Claire Allan is a Northern Irish author who lives in Derry~Londonderry.
She worked as a staff reporter for the Derry Journal for 17 years, covering a wide array of stories from court sessions, to the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, health and education and human interest features.
She wrote her first novel in 2006, to mark her 30th birthday and it (Rainy Days and Tuesdays) was subsequently published and became an instant bestseller in 2007.
Claire wrote seven further women’s fiction novels between 2007 and 2015. In 2016 (when she turned 40) she decided to change genre and try her had at domestic noir. Her first domestic noir novel, Her Name Was Rose was published by Avon/ HarperCollins in 2018 and became a bestseller in the UK, Canada, Australia and was a USA Today bestseller.
It was subsequently nominated in the Dead Good Reader Awards in 2019.
Claire has followed up on the success of Her Name Was Rose with Apple of My Eye and Forget Me Not.
Her next novel, The Liar’s Daughter, will be published in 2020.
She is working on a fifth psychological thriller at present.
Claire still lives in Derry with her husband, two children, two cats and a very spoiled puppy.
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