#allthebookreviews – Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

Happy belated release!

Thanks to Berkley Pub #PRHPartner and GetRed PR for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER – David Bell (out now!)

The #allthebookreviews duo got to read some David Bell last year, so we were really excited for his newest release.

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Bell.  His writing is addictive as he writes short hanging chapters that keep you turning page after page.  All three I’ve read from him have something to do with a daughter being gone.  What else can he do with these poor girls!!  I’ll always want to know!

I couldn’t imagine having my husband’s ex-wife show up on my front porch saying their child that he had no idea he had, is missing.  I mean, BOOM – what a way to start.  (Also, I can’t particularly imagine having a husband but that’s a whole other story – ha! ;))  All jokes aside, this immediately set my curiosity sparks firing.  Somehow Bell manages to build these characters and their complex lives in a very short time.  No over indulgent descriptives that can get overwhelming in some books.

Look, I’m a fan.  I can’t help but know I will always want to read whatever he puts out into this world.  I can’t quite pinpoint what it was that made me not like this quite as much as Cemetery Girl.  At one point I felt like I was left hanging with one plot line but then realized it did get answered in the end but I was curious – what happened to those other characters though? Such a relative thing since they were really tertiary characters but still… I have to say the fact that he had me thinking about these still is a tip of the hat to Bell.

For thriller fans who love domestic suspense and a binge read, Bell is always the way to go.

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

I’ve read CEMETERY GIRL and BRING HER HOME by David Bell and I loved them both! He has a writing style that just sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the very end. SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER was no different.

We get quite the bombshell to start off this thriller. Erica shows up on her ex-husband’s doorstep in desperate need for help. Michael’s world flips upside down when Erica tells him that their nine-year-old daughter has done missing – a daughter that Michael knew nothing about. Talk about a crazy start to a book, definitely grabbed my attention! The closer they get to finding her the harder life becomes. Michael is desperate to find Felicity, but it is threatening to tear apart his marriage and family.

Bell always does a fantastic job developing the characters and it never feels like they get lost in the mix. Each character has their distinct voice and story. There’s never a drop in the pacing either, lately I feel like I’ve hit a snag with some other domestic thrillers where things start to drop off in the middle, but not here! If you’re looking for a binge-worthy read, then SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER should be on your summer TBR!

 

What’s a David Bell novel that you recommend?

–Jess

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