Daisy Darker: A Gripping Psychological Thriller With a Killer Ending You'll Never Forget

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Daisy Darker: A Gripping Psychological Thriller With a Killer Ending You'll Never Forget

Daisy Darker: A Gripping Psychological Thriller With a Killer Ending You'll Never Forget

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To say Nana is eccentric would be an understatement. And the rest of the family? Let‘s just say they put the fun in dysFUNctional, if you love dysfunctional families as much as I do. Their dialogue is often hilarious and they do not hesitate to go after each other with their claws out. When the Darker family assembles at the house on Halloween for Nana’s birthday, it’s an uncomfortable situation. Nana’s son is divorced from his wife, who has agreed to come to the celebration anyway. The three granddaughters Rose, Lily, and the titular Daisy, don’t get along. The great-granddaughter is sensitive. And the neighbor boy-man just kinda shows up. For those who have had awkward Thanksgivings, you can understand this might not be the most idyllic situation. This novel has a truly gasp-inducing twist. Some readers may say it breaks the “rules” but I say let’s smash them all into smithereens if it’s to this spectacular of an effect. What I particularly love about Feeney’s writing is that her twists are always only the garnish, never the main meal. Even if you guess it or suspect it, there’s still so much deliciousness to enjoy in her clever, stylish, and utterly gripping novels. Sometimes when people try too hard to be more than they are, they end up being less than they were.Ok, I'll give you that they sound good. But what do they mean? I sure don't know.

A palm reader once told Nana that she wouldn’t live past 80 years old. Convinced this is her last birthday, she invites her estranged family members to Sea Glass to celebrate. I loved how this story was told. The set-up at the house with Nana was terrific, the use of the creepy poems to enhance the mystery, as well as the alternating timelines helped to build-out this story beautifully. The story is narrated by granddaughter, Daisy Darker, Nana’s favorite, a baby born with a heart condition which caused her to die eight times before the age of thirteen.-something she said she would be concerned about-if she were a cat. 😼Connor Kennedy: Connor isn’t actually part of the family, but because part of it once the Darker girls sort of fell in love with him and wanted to help him and get him out of the toxic and abusive household he lived in after the death of his mother and his father started drinking. He seemed like a really accomplished crime reporter for the BBC, and I thought it was very interesting to have an outsider be part of this story, because he was basically more family than Daisy ever was, which made me angry, but you’ll just have to read it to find out all about him and his relationships with the girls. The family is stranded in a coastal mansion on the Cornish coast--the setting is dark, moody, and sinister, adding a layer of creepiness to the events.

But if I do know more than most, it’s because I read. Books will teach you anything you want to know, and they tend to be more honest than people.” ASPECTS RATING Daisy cherished Trixie. Discuss how this adoration contributed to the plot. Daisy was very close to Trixie, and from the beginning of the novel, the reader was left to see them as a close-knit team. Have you read Daisy Darker? Do you want to? Talk to me in comments and be sure to come over to my Spoiler Discussion Post for Daisy Darker so we can discuss our suspects, theories and thoughts!I love the ominous rhyme on the wall. It's probably my favorite part of the book. The last part of it goes like this...😬 But Conor said that Daisy would have died soon anyway, because of her heart condition. He suggested they cover up their involvement by throwing Daisy over the cliff. Rose and Lily agree that this is the only choice. They fling her off the edge of the cliff into the sea. My life was never the same after I died a second time because that’s when everyone knew for sure what I think they already suspected: that I was broken. If I were to wish upon a star, I would wish that I had written this book. Alas, I am pretty sure that doesn't work and Alice Feeney beat me to it. Perfection. Nancy: a self absorbed, bad actress mother, trapping her husband into marriage, drinking herself into oblivion, fancies her villain child most because she has good looks!

It’s time for Daisy Darker’s family to gather for Nana’s 80th birthday party on a remote island. At midnight, Nana is dead. Then, another family member follows. What secrets is this family keeping? And who is the killer?Then Nana says she can now see Daisy so it is time to say goodbye. Nooo…. Nana has poisoned herself. And that ending! The potential suspects are naturally limited and it was fun for Marialyce, my reading buddy, and I to speculate. But there were still a couple of surprises that blew us away. In the hands of a lesser author, I might have rolled my eyes but I found it clever and brilliant! The bread crumbs were there, but I missed them. It is a fantastic gothic tale and murder mystery filled with domestic drama and suspense. With 1980s nostalgia and an unsavory cast of characters that you will love to hate, this is an unputdownable thriller that will have you guessing until the end. Pay close attention to the clues, or you might be next!



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