The Good daughter by Alexandra Burt

This is a story of a dysfunctional family, a mother and a daughter duo. The book explores the relationship between the main character (Dahlia Waller) and her Mother (Memphis Waller) and their family secrets. Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of traveling in cars, staying in shabby motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her neurotic mother. They were constantly packing up and leaving in the middle of the night, driving to parts unknown. Once she discovers a body while jogging in the woods and becomes interested in learning the identity of the woman. Out of nowhere her mother, Memphis begins acting madly, setting off a chain of events that leads Dahlia and Memphis back to a farm on the outskirts of Aurora that Memphis seems to know well. Once they move into the farmhouse Memphis begins telling Dahlia the story of Quinn, the woman who used to live in the farmhouse with her husband. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on the farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered… Plus there are jars of creepy crickets thrown in for good measure!

My reviews are always honest, but this one is hard. I’m not sure what I think of The Good Daughter. The Good Daughter combines a little bit of mystery, some thrills and even a little suspense, now normally this is the type of genre I gravitate towards. I liked it, I read it, I finished it, but I am disturbed by the story. Maybe that was the idea of the author. The twisted story has kept me thinking about it, wondering if this could really happen, and hoping that it doesn’t.

It starts off somewhat promising, but the plot took FOREVER to develop. I felt the story was paced extreme slowly and at times found it to be baffling as it was jumping from person to place continuously. I guessed the twist early and was bored getting to the reveal. It wasn’t a particularly a “bad” book, and the twists were good, but I just found it depressing. The book has an okay end.

My rating 3/5

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