Lost Daughter by Ali Mercer
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Bookouture
About the Book:
If you think photos aren’t important… wait until they’re all you have left of your child. Your life isn’t perfect, but you’re still happy. Your husband has stuck by you and he’s a good dad. Your daughter Becca makes your heart explode with love. And then, in the time it takes to say ‘bad mother’, there’s no longer a place for you in your own family. Your right to see your child has disappeared. Life goes on in your house – family dinners, missing socks and evening baths – but you aren’t there anymore. Becca may be tucked up in bed in Rose Cottage, but she is as lost to you as if she had been snatched from under your nose. Everyone knows you deserve this, for you what you did. Except you’re starting to realize that things maybe aren’t how you thought they were, and your husband isn’t who you thought he was either. That the truths you’ve been so diligently punishing yourself for are built on sand, and the daughter you have lost has been unfairly taken from you. Wouldn’t that be more than any mother could bear?
Ali Mercer has the amazing gift of drawing the reader into the psyche of her characters. Having that believability allows her to add the unexpected twists and turns of the journey the character takes. A complex story with intertwined characters that try to overcome the worst that could happen in a persons life. That is the basis for this story, but as it unfolds you see people at the breaking point that claw their way back to a new life.
This novel is a work of art and is lush with thought. In it, such a wide range of topics are covered, all extremely touching and each one generating intense feelings, from adoption, divorce dealing with special needs children and even mental illness. Set aside time to read this book because once you get involved in the story you aren't going to want to put it down. If you like a book to really make you think this is a great read. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Ali Mercer for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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