REVIEW: DAISY DARKER, BY ALICE FEENEY

Daisy Darker was born with a broken heart. Now after years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in her crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. When the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.

But at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows…

Trapped on an island where someone is killing them one by one, the Darkers must reckon with their present mystery as well as their past secrets, before the tide goes out and all is revealed. As seen on the TODAY show and picked by Book of the Month, Daisy Darker’s family secrets and Alice Feeney’s trademark shocking twists will keep readers riveted.

 

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As the astonishing and mystical story unfolds, Daisy Darker reveals the horrific dysfunction of a family that might seem ordinary on the surface, but the darkness in them all comes out in stunning ways as their evil is revealed.

The characters are more than simply flawed. They each have the potential to kill one another without even hesitating. When we follow the story of what happens to them on one Halloween night shut away on an island we keep expecting to learn that everything is just a magic trick. That nothing is the way it seems to be. Just when we realize that it might really be happening, the truth of it all is more frightening than we could have possibly dreamed in our worst nightmare.

I held my breath in the final moments as the gruesome details emerged. An unforgettable horror tale that earned 5 stars.

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