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The Detective's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Lesley Thomson
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Book Description

A woman follows in her father's footsteps by taking on the murder case he couldn't solve.

It was the murder that shocked the nation. Thirty years ago Kate Rokesmith went walking by the river with her young son. She never came home.

For three decades her case file has lain, unsolved, in the corner of an attic. Until Stella Darnell, daughter of Detective Chief Superintendent Darnell, starts to clear out her father's house after his death...


The Detective's Daughter.

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The Detective's Secret.

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    'A thoughtful, well-observed story ... It reminded me of Kate Atkinson' Scott Pack.

    'Tense and gripping ... On the edge of my seat? No way - I was cowering under it' Shotsmag.

    'Skilfully evokes the era and slow-moving childhood summers ... A study of memory and guilt with several twists' Guardian.

    'This is a haunting novel about loss and reconciliation, driven by a simple but clever plot' The Sunday Times.

    'This book has a clever mystery plot - but its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable, and in its setting in a real West London street, exactly described' Literary Review.

    About the Author

    Lesley Thomson has a BA from Brighton University and an MA from Sussex University. She published A Kind of Vanishing in 2007. Lesley teaches on Greg Mosse's MA programme at West Dean College. She lives in Lewes with her partner.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1851 KB
    • Print Length: 480 pages
    • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,024 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Lesley Thomson grew up in London and went to the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People's Book Prize in 2010. The Detective's Daughter is a number one bestseller and Sainsbury's ebook for 2014. Ghost Girl, the second in the The Detective's Daughter series came out in April 2014 and went to number one in Sainsbury's e-chart and is another bestseller. The Detective's Secret is out in April 2015. The Runaway, an ebook short about Stella Darnell (the detective's daughter) came out in July 2015.

    Lesley lives in Sussex with her partner and is working on the fourth in the series featuring Stella Darnell.

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    268 of 279 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, tense and compelling. 6 Jun. 2013
    By Bookie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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    I haven't come across this author before, but on the strength of this read, she's on my list of favourites.

    This is a tale where every character has a different and totally plausible voice. I can't say I felt empathy toward any of them, but that was of little consequence in a story where the complexity of the plot takes the reader on a journey which is truly chilling. The fact that the action, in the main, takes place during the winter, when falling snow affects a number of scenes, adds an almost tangible chill to unfolding events, both figuratively and literally. The POV switches between the principals, but the craft of the tale is in the very slowly unfolding 'reveal'. It kept me guessing well into the plot, although some clues were dropped along the way. This is a story of obsession; it's almost a study in obsession as every character has idiosyncrasies which control or dominate their life in different ways.

    This is an inventive and compelling page turner. Apart from the characters and plot, Lesley Thomson has a real skill in creating a palpable sense of threat and menace. This is a rare talent. It takes a lot to make me feel unsettled, but there were some really chilling scenes. Nothing gory, but tension just crept up and up and reading late at night could be disturbing. It really is that good. Enjoyed it and like any great read, was sorry when I'd finished and had to find something else to match the enjoyment.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly bizarre 29 Sept. 2013
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    With 2.5 stars given (I know rounded up to 3) I'm settling right in the middle with this one. After the first couple of chapters I was ready to give up but it got marginally better later on.

    Good points:
    It's a detective story which rattles along without getting bogged down in technical detail. At no point does it really sound like a police report!
    Every loose end is tied up at the conclusion leaving nothing to the imagination - I guess that's a good point.
    The story grabs the reader because, although the outcome is quickly obvious, you still want to find out the details - and there are some clever details. (Like the connection with the red engine.)

    Bad points:
    It's odd. Seriously odd. Weird doesn't come near it.
    Every single character (more caricatures)clearly belongs in official accommodation - the kind with padded walls.
    Characters change character between the start and the finish. Yup! Honestly, they do.
    The narrative flips forward and backward in time with absolutely zero indication it's about to do so. Halfway through a bit of dialogue you realise it's making no sense then, finally, figure out that's because half the dialogue was between two different people ten years earlier!

    I'd kind of recommend it. I enjoyed the book in the end - for what it is rather than for what it's clearly not. There were times I felt certain the author might have written while under the influence of, err, something. It's certainly the feeling you get when you read it!
    This book is enjoyable in the same way a TV soap is - the plot is predictable, the acting poor - but you just can't be bothered to change channel.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not in the league of A Kind of vanishing 1 May 2014
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    Yes, there are some interesting characters in this book, as other reviewers have commented, and yes, there's a detailed and convincing evocation of place (especially west London and the area around Seaford in East Sussex); but compared with Lesley Thomson's first book, A Kind of Vanishing, this one is oddly unengaging, and far too slow and repetitive. In the former book, the measured pace was used very effectively to flesh out the characters and probe the tiniest nuances of their thoughts and feelings; here, it just seems to be an obstacle to the unfolding of the plot.
    And what a motley crew of characters that plot involves. Stella, the eponymous daughter, is strangely cold and difficult to identity with, and although Jack becomes increasingly interesting as we get to know him better, parts of his story seem to fizzle out into false trails, while his various weird pursuits ultimately seem to have little significance other than to wow us with their sheer oddity. It's as if Thomson felt that the more strands of strange behaviour and the more compromised characters she threw into the melting pot, the greater would be the sum of their parts. Yet by the time we reach the well-flagged finale, it all builds up to an enormous "So what?". it's fleshed out, moreover, by interpolations of Stella's childhood memories that presumably are supposed to add texture and depth, but in fact seem needlessly "novelistic" and almost gratuitous.
    Lesley Thomson is a very accomplished writer, and this book is full of the trademark vivid observation that distinguished her first book. I don't want to dissuade you from reading it; I just think you should know what you're in for, so that you can balance my views with the surprisingly enthusiastic reactions of some of the other reviewers.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars The Detective's Daughter 3 Sept. 2013
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    I have been trying to read this book for some time now and kept thinking that I really should persevere and finish it despite the fact that I am not enjoying it. However, having read a lot of the reviews, I have come to the conclusion that it is not just me that finds it a terrible read and I won't be bothering to finish it. I hate most of the characters, can't work out what is going on most of the time and really don't care who done it. The writing is awful when it's not being unintentionally comical (a fear of a paint colour!) . Don't bother!
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