Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern


Book Description:

An estranged father’s weekend with his beloved five-year-old daughter turns into a nightmare when she gets into the lift of a city centre tower block and goes down without him. She vanishes without a trace. It sets off a race against time, and a nationwide manhunt, to find her. As the police investigation closes in, suspicion falls on those closest to her – with devastating consequences. Daddy Dearest is a terrifying story of love, obsession and psychological meltdown.

‘My daughter has always had a thing about lifts. There’s something about the thrill of pressing a button and seeing the lift doors close which excites her imagination. It terrifies me. Every time she walks in, I imagine it’s the last time I’ll see her. What if she hits the button before I get there? What if the lift doors close and I can’t get her out? It drives me nuts. There are eight floors in the Sears building, nine if you count the basement, and the lift is fast: more like a fairground ride, really. It does top to bottom in twelve seconds. I’ve timed it. Taking the stairs, I’ve done it in forty-two. That leaves a gap of thirty seconds. You’d be surprised what can happen in that time. I was.’

My Thoughts:

After reading a couple of mixed reviews by blogging friends, I really had to give this novel a go for myself.

The description and the wonderful cover totally captured me from the moment I first noticed this novel. Even the start of the book was all very promising and it looked set to be a great read.

Now to be fair there isn’t really anything wrong with the story itself, it is told in the first person by the father of the missing girl. My issue is more how the book is being sold. Everything about it screams out thriller/mystery/suspense and to start with it very much is. When we get to find out exactly what has happened to the little girl, it all sort of lost it’s appeal for me.

It is really hard to say to much about the story line without giving to much away and spoiling it for other readers. I think if maybe it was pushed and looked more differently, readers wouldn’t be as mislead about what sort of genre they were reading.

If I was reading the story more for what it is, it would probably fair better on the ratings but as it stands I can only review it on what I thought I would be reading which wasn’t quite what I got.

Daddy Dearest really is not a bad read at all once you can get past it not really being the genre that you thought it was. It is a story very much of parental love and how far one would go for that love. Even though I had some empathy to what the father was going through, overall I found his actions selfish and by the end had lost any respect for him that I had. I certainly think it is one that will split peoples views which isn’t always a bad thing when a book gets people talking about it.

Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.

Daddy Dearest is available to purchase from Amazon.





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