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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (18 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552171638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552171632
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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"Another fantastic twisty-turny novel by one of my favourite authors. I am always enthralled by her books and this is her best yet" (Jill Mansell)

"Sheer perfection. THE TROPHY CHILD is gripping, darkly funny and bound to induce spasms of guilt in even the least pushy parent. I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled. I want to stand on a mountain top and tell everyone to read this brilliant novel" (Mark Edwards)

"The UK's answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing." (Claire McGowan)

"Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it." (Claire Douglas)

"Unravels to reveal a surprising and gripping read . . . Daly expertly crafts a thriller from within the walls of domestic life and shows how tragedy uproots the illusions and pretences of idyllic family life." (Eastern Daily Press)

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Can you push your child too far?

Paula Daly's latest gripping domestic thriller explores how far a tiger mother would go to achieve perfection, and the damage this can cause to a family.

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A really good book which was easy to read. A bit transparent in places with the plot but enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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good purchase and arrived on time
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Have loved all Paula Daly books but this has to be the best one yet! Kept guessing until the end
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Another great read from one of my favourite domestic noir authors.
Can you push your child too far?

"Paula Daly's latest gripping domestic thriller explores how far a tiger mother would go to achieve perfection, and the damage this can cause to a family."

If you're a fan of twisty plots and dark stories with realistic characters this is the book for you. Once again the author has created a scenario where the most frightening aspect is the everyday setting. The writing style draws you in until it feels like you're a part of the family - and what a family. Mum is obsessed with pushing her youngest child into excelling at every activity. She doesn't realise she's pushing her to breaking point until it's too late.

The dynamics of the family are fascinating and distracted me from the mystery that brought back a recurring character from earlier books. The one thing that slightly spoilt things for me was how this character acted (trying hard to avoid spoilers here!) but who am I to judge?

Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a well written, thought provoking psychological thriller.

Thank you to the publisher for the proof copy to review.
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By Ashrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2017
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I really loved The Mistake I Made, the other book I read by this author although, at the time, I couldn't quite put my finger on why I loved it so much. This one is kinda the other way round. Although I did enjoy the book, I wasn't quite satisfied when I got to the end.
Noel is married to Karen. They both have children from previous relationships, Karen has Ewan and Noel has Verity, and together they have daughter Bronte. Karen is the epitome of a pushy mother and drags Bronte hither and thither as she endeavours to make sure she excels at every extra curricular activity going. Bronte is powerless to do anything about it and the stress of it all is starting to show. Verity is doing her best to help her and, one day, takes her to the park for a bit of a break. Leaving her with some friends, Verity pops off to visit her mum who is in a nearby hospice. On returning to the park, there is no sign of Bronte and, after searching high and low, Verity has to return home to break the bad news.
To say that Karen goes mad would be an understatement. She and Verity already have a strained relationship and, of course she gets the blame for this. Karen's ire then passes from her daughter to the police and finally to the press and the public. The way she talks about her family is not really doing herself any favours.
But this isn't the worse that happens to this rather dysfunctional family. Not by a long chalk...

Well, I've never met a more eclectic cast of not very nice people... Noel is on his second marriage with the woman he left his wife for when he got her pregnant. He is also a bit of a womaniser and hides in the bottle a bit too much; definitely an avoider. Karen is, well opinionated, entitled and a force of nature.
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I found that this book just didn't grab me, it was very dull and slow to get going. There were no likeable characters (apart from Joanne and young Verity), and with Karen completely obnoxious and Noel a complete wimp, I found that I didn't actually care what happened to them. I skim read to the end, and wasn't sorry not to have read the entirety as it clearly didn't get any better. It's more about family dynamics than a mystery, and if you don't care about the family, well....

Not one of Paula's better books, but I'll still look out for her next and hope for better next time.
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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2017
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Bronte is just ten years old but she has a punishing schedule of piano classes, harp lessons and because her mother Karen Bloom is worried about the way she reads aloud, she also needs to fit in some drama classes to help that out. Of course she also has extra homework to ensure that she excels in every subject, but things in the Bloom household hide more than the obvious maternal pushing of Karen.

Noel Bloom is a doctor who seems to also be keen on alcohol, or maybe this is a mask for avoiding his home life aka known as Karen. Noel had left his first wife Jennifer when Karen became pregnant with Bronte. Jennifer now lives in a nursing home due to her MS which means that Noel’s first daughter Verity, now a feisty teenager lives with him too. Oh and there is Karen’s son from a previous relationship, a relationship she doesn’t want to discuss. Ewan now in his late teens is something of a disappointment to Karen and she is determined that Bronte will be far more successful.

So far so good, we have all met a Karen, a woman who imagines that the other mothers are lazy and misguided, a woman the is focussed on getting the best for her daughter no matter the cost. Then something happens which turns everything on its head and life for the Bloom family will never be the same again!

Paula Daly is at her best when she is creating characters we love to hate. She has made Karen a figure that can’t be pitied, so what emotions are left? She is also far better than many writers at creating convincing characters of the children. Although for a good part of the book Ewan was only partially visible, he too comes into his own later on, with a convincing performance that works to round the stereotypical view painted by his mother of a no-hoper.
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