The Trophy Child Paperback – 18 May 2017
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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)
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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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.
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.Read more ›
Not one of Paula's better books, but I'll still look out for her next and hope for better next time.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Verity lives with her father Noel [A tired GP], her step brother Ewan [A drug addict teenager] and half sister Bronte [a 10 year old child]. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Bluepencilreview
Meet Noel Bloom, a GP, his second wife, Karen, Karen's son from a previous relationship, Ewan, Noel's daughter, Verity and their daughter, Bronte. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Helen Eddon
Love Paula Daly and this did not disappoint . Kept you guessing right to the end , with so many possibilities! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mrs E J Burd
Excellent book. Fast paced make sure you make sandwiches for the kids and husband before you start it as you will not want to be disturbedPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Karen Bloom is disappointed in her son Ewan so she wants her daughter Bronte is excel. Bronte is spending all her time on every activity and extra schooling on offer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tinalouise1969
Captivating 'on the edge of your seat' storyline with strong characters that keeps you guessing ......Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a 5 star novel. One of those books you start reading and think "Wow". It's the story of a very dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan D.
I am already a fan of Paula Daly's books so I was thrilled to read an early copy of her latest book The Trophy Child and it did not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by adamant_wigan