Today I’m bringing you a review of my most recent read, Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney!
Title: Daisy Darker
Author: Alice Feeney
Number of Pages: 340
Age Category: Adult
Date Published: August 30, 2022
After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.
The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then 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 comes in and all is revealed.
With a wicked wink to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Daisy Darker’s unforgettable twists will leave readers reeling.
This book was a buddy read with some of the TWR gang. Initially, I wasn’t planning on joining in, but when the book was a Kindle deal of the day, I decided that it was a sign I should join in on the readalong. Overall, I’m glad I picked up this book because the twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end.
Daisy Darker is inspired by And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. If you aren’t familiar with And Then There Were None, you really ought to add it to your TBR because it is brilliant and suspenseful. Being familiar with And Then There Were None, and by reading the synopsis of the book, I had a rough idea what to expect storyline wise, but the twists and turns kept me guessing regarding the specifics.
As far as the story goes, I found it very suspenseful. Being trapped in a house on a stormy night and isolated from the mainland is creepy enough, add in some murders and everything becomes very suspenseful. I was suspicious of everyone and I enjoyed trying to piece the clues together. I also enjoyed that the entire book was alluding to an event that happened in the past and I was desperately trying to figure out what that secret could be and how it related to what was going on.
As far as the characters go, they were a delightfully unlikable bunch. The Darker family is definitely full of secrets and demons and I enjoyed watching all of their secrets come to light.
As far as the writing goes, there were moments where it felt like the author was relying too heavily on cliche quotes about family and secrets. There were some great lines, but after a while, it felt like the author was relying too heavily on the kind of things you might see stitched on a pillow. There were some moments where these lines were used so often that I found it took away from the story a bit. Otherwise, I found this book to be very easy to read and get into.
The only thing I was not a fan of was the ending. I’m not going to say anything about the ending because of spoilers, but I wasn’t a fan. However, I also did not see the ending coming, so I do enjoy how this book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a twisty read to suck you in, I definitely recommend checking this one out.
Rating: 3.5 Stars!