The Daughter She Lost by Lauren Westwood

I am back after almost exactly a week. It has been a very hectic one at that. We are moving and the house was packed up and shipped last week and we will follow suit next month if everything goes according to plan. The change will obviously find itself on this blog at some point because it would reflect on a lot of things, even my ‘About’ page. Next month will be even more hectic around this time but I hope to be a little more present than I have been of late. I did keep reading, I just was not in the mood to actually write the reviews required. It might not surprise most at the flurry of reviews that are going to make their way on here soon.

The best thing I can say about this tale is that there is an oppressive atmosphere throughout. Amanda is in a car with her two children, on her way to see something from her birth family. Once there, she digs her heels in trying to figure out the identity of her father. We are provided with multiple people who could be the one, each harbouring their own secrets.

The women who are introduced to us, band together in a way that felt unusual for the genre but was pretty realistic. Threaded through the narrative, we have bits of the missing letter Amanda’s birth mother wrote to her, which eventually reveals the culprit to us at the same time that the current narrative does. I cannot say much more due to the nature of the storyline. It was a quick read, but the ending was something that made certain other events in the story mildly unpalatable to me. This does not mean I disliked the book, I would recommend it to others who read this genre, but on the whole, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would when the story began. I also would not hesitate to pick another book by the author.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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