The Detective's Daughter Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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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.
'A cerebral thriller ... evokes chills from more than just the frigid winter nights ... Twists and surprises abound' Forward Reviews Magazine.
About the Author
A Londoner, Lesley Thomson has a BA from Brighton University and an MA from Sussex University. Lesley teaches the MA programme at West Dean College. She lives in Lewes with her partner.
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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.
Like her first book, she moves around in time and uses the ability we all have to remember things as we would like them to be, rather than as they actually were, but this is not confusing, it adds to the layers.
Initially, I found it a little distracting that characters from the first novel cropped up in this one, I felt perhaps it was un-necessary - but since then it has occurred to me that in the first novel, two mothers 'lost' their daughters because of a crime and in this one, two children lost their parents or their childhoods because of one ... very interesting Lesley - yet again you have produced a crime novel that I am still thinking about a month after I read it ... well done!
Sorry, I don't like to give bad reviews, and on the few occasions I have, it is usually when I have just made the painful decision that enough is enough. Sadly, I have reached that point.
I think Lesley Thompson will write a good book one day, but this is not it.
I used to live near Hammersmith Bridge and there was much more to the area than mud and traffic, not that you'd know from this book. The obsession with the tide line is disproportionate to the story, as is so much of the detail.
I nearly always finish books so I did persevere but that's about it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really loved this book and could not put it down. It just got more and more intriguing, thank you so much.Published 12 days ago by Pen Name
Not my usual type of book, but it had me hooked very quickly. I know I am onto a good book when I sneak in a chapter here and there in the day. Couldn't put this one down.Published 14 days ago by Mary P
Crime, it isn't my preferred genre, but I managed to acquire this one for one pound on my Kindle, so gave it a go. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. M. Richardson
Kept me in suspense all the way through. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who likes crime novels. Didn't quite see the ending coming.Published 1 month ago by Alan G. Wright
Read this in just a few days. Gripping and clever twist. If you like detective thrillers this is well worth a readPublished 2 months ago by Mrs. R. E. Holroyd