Book Title and Author: Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
Publication Date and Publisher: July 10, 2018 by Berkley Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 432 pages
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Date Read: June 14, 2018 (e-arc)
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica’s nine-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.
But finding Felicity comes at a price–the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity’s safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.
I was very excited to read David Bell’s newest novel since I’ve heard nothing but high praise for his work by my fellow bloggers…I bought Bring Her Home last year after hearing all the 5 star ravings, but I’ve unfortunately not read it yet but plan on doing that asap, especially after reading his newest novel!
Somebody’s Daughter is a fast paced, gripping thriller that immediately grabs hold of you and keeps you reading until you’re finished!
Now while I enjoyed the book and my first reading experience of Bell’s work, I didn’t completely love Somebody’s Daughter, which was a tad disappointing after all the hype I’d heard of his books in the past.
What I did love was Bell’s effortless, well-paced, and engaging writing style, the lack of graphic violence, short, gripping chapters with plenty of mini cliffhangers, and his vivid descriptions of the characters and plot.
However, what made this a 3.5 star read was that the premise just didn’t work for me and more than anything I saw most of the twists coming ahead of time. To be honest, I felt the premise seemed a bit contrived, and some parts were either rushed or I felt not explained fully. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why if the missing little girl, Felicity, was really Michael’s daughter it took 9 years for Erica to tell him he was her dad when they lived in neighboring towns and Erica stayed in contact with his family. It seemed a bit improbable, but that could just be me overthinking it.
Yet, more than anything the book didn’t work for me because I figured out the “whodunit” as soon as the character was introduced into the story, which was within the first 1/3 of the book. That ruined the excitement I felt for the storyline since I figured out what happened to Felicity, but I still enjoyed reading the novel because Bell’s writing is just so well done.
Although Somebody’s Daughter didn’t 100% work for me, I still recommend it to fans of the thriller, suspense, and mystery genres! I did thoroughly Bell’s excellent, fast paced writing style and look forward to reading all his previous and future novels!
**Thank you Edelweiss and Berkley Publishing for my review copy in exchange for my fair and honest review. **