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Lost Daughter

Narrated by: Helen Duff
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Summary

If you think photos aren’t important… wait until they’re all you have left of your child.

Your life isn’t perfect, but you’re still happy. Your husband has stuck by you, and he’s a good dad. Your daughter, Becca, makes your heart explode with love. And then, in the time it takes to say ‘bad mother’, there’s no longer a place for you in your own family. Your right to see your child has disappeared.

Life goes on in your house - family dinners, missing socks and evening baths - but you aren’t there anymore. Becca may be tucked up in bed in Rose Cottage, but she is as lost to you as if she had been snatched from under your nose.

Everyone knows you deserve this, for what you did. Except you’re starting to realise that things maybe aren’t how you thought they were, and your husband isn’t who you thought he was either. That the truths you’ve been so diligently punishing yourself for are built on sand, and the daughter you have lost has been unfairly taken from you. Wouldn’t that be more than any mother could bear?

A heart-wrenchingly emotional drama for fans of Lisa Wingate, Jill Childs, and Jodi Picoult.

©2019 Ali Mercer (P)2019 Bookouture

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  • CDG
  • London UK
  • 28-09-19

Excellent Debut Novel

A debut novel from Ali Mercer, that I was kindly gifted, was a great surprise of a character driven story that unravelled like the layers of an onion.

It deals with three women who are brought together as they share a common loss. For different reasons each has lost a child. The emotional pendulum is driven by ego, deception, warmth, guilt and twisted lack of true emotions including the weakness of people who spend a lifetime blaming others for the hurt they inflict.

The book explores the the power of friendship and the value, and reward, that trust can offer. It equally exposes the destruction that is wrought from trusting wrongly.

I loved the lead character. She has a strength and humanity that is admirable.

To delve too deeply into all the main characters would be a spoiler, but suffice it to say that the reader will form love and hate relationships with them all as the eloquent way in which Ali Mercer writes, guides you into their psyches.

The only let down for me, and it’s a personal preference, is I wished for a slightly different ending. There’s nothing wrong with the authors completion of her story, but for me the outcome was not befitting enough.

It’s a very good read and I can honestly say that once the story got going I couldn’t put it down. I had to know ...!

I loved the narrator, Helen Duff. Beautiful diction and extraordinarily good accents. She fell into each character with ease and her interpretation of each was absolutely fitting. I shall look out for books narrated by her in the future.

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Character Driven

The story of three women separated from their children for very different reasons, centred mainly around Rachel. There are indications that Rachel is at fault for her current situation and is struggling to come to terms with it. Meeting Leona and Viv gives her some focus and allows her to start rebuilding her life. This was very much a character led book, not what I expected originally from the summary, but very good. Moving from the past to present to set the scene it drew you in with superb story telling and narration so you wanted to know what happened to the three women and their children.

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An enjoyable domestic drama

I was lucky enough to receive a credit for this audiobook. Looking at the title and cover I expected to be reading about an abducted child. However, this is more of a domestic drama. The story centres around three women who form an unlikely bond, owing to the fact that they’re each separated from a child. Slowly as the story unfolds, the past lives of the women are revealed, and their present situations begin to unravel.
The book is more character than plot driven, but despite that there are twists and turns and I felt myself itching to find out how the story would pan out.
The narrator was very good- I wasn’t aware of her reading- which to any audiobook fan, is a definite plus. I gave the book 4 stars overall and would read more from Ali Mercer.

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  • Diane Cevarr
  • 19-05-19

Returned it because I was so lost

I return this book after 9 chapters because I had no idea what was going on. Too many stories going on at 1 time

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  • nancy
  • 14-11-19

too gullible

The story is ok, I felt that it was too drawn out. I ended up disliking the main character because she was so gullible instead of sympathy I felt dislike. I think that the story is very realistic of what happens in real life but the main character was too unrealisticly weak throughout the greatest part of the story

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  • Jan M
  • 11-09-19

Connections, Complacency, Reactions

Lost Daughter by Ali Mercer is complex, intriguing, and at times devastating. The author did a good job with the three main characters in the book and the relationships they had. The book took concentration to follow along with what was going on. I felt like Rachel was dealing with a house of cards that came crashing down. Helen Duff performed the book well and there were no technical issues that I heard.

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  • Jo Reason
  • 10-09-19

Not bad

The book is well written, with good character development but I found it wasn’t for me although it was decent enough to finish. I though there were parts that didn’t quite make sense, I didn’t enjoy that it took too long to find out what Rachel did that had such an impact on her and her family’s life, for example. I also found the cover misleading as it shows a little girl, not a teenager. There are some emotional parts in the book but not enough to make you cry, it is not as thrilling as I thought is would be . There are parts which I found to be confusing as they flash back and don’t always seem to make sense.

Although I only give this book 3 stars, I would give this author another go in the future

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  • Wenchy
  • 22-08-19

A little lost. A little found.

It is the story of three very different women who join a support group where they are the only members. They are separated from their children for very real and emotional taxing reasons.

The main storyline concentrates on Rachel. Rachel is separated from her artist husband and they have a teenage daughter. There are insinuations that Rachel had done something so horrid that she is trusted to only sees her daughter on a Saturday Her estranged husband appears to make all decisions regarding their child. There are many references to Rachel's mental health and how this influences her ability to care for her child.

The book goes into the lives of the other two woman and I felt those characters could have been more developed for the subplot to be stronger. Enough was revealed to develop a like or dislike for a character but I felt these ladies deserved more contouring to colour in their paths in the plot.

The book has some slow patches. There are flashbacks to the past which at times can make it a bit confusing, especially when listening to the audiobook if the narrator isn't consistent. The cover of the book suggested a more thriller vibe to me, but the book read more as women's fiction.

I enjoyed Rachel finding her voice later in the book and also the way mental health was dealt with. The twist in the horrid affair of what Rachel had done was revealed in a thrilling way and gave me much joy. Although an average read, it is a good read but not one that you are going to remember in months to come.