The Liars Daughter Claire Allan

cover171124-medium Pub: Avon

No one deserves to be taken before their time. Do they?

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon.

But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.

As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast over whether Joe’s death was due to natural causes. Because the lies that Joe told won’t be taken to the grave after all – and the truth gives his daughters the best possible motive for killing him…


My review

This book covers sensitive issues, so be warned  that it could trigger emotions.

The Liars Daughter is a dark and pacy read. Joe is dying of cancer and will be dead in weeks rather than months. Heidi is Joe’s step daughter, he has looked after her since her own mother passed away when she was just ten years old. Ciara is Joe’s daughter and is bitter about him leaving her and her mother for another woman.

Both women have little time or love for Joe.

Told in the viewpoints of Heidi, Ciara and Joe, the family’s dark and dirty secrets come to light after Joe’s death and what follows makes for emotional and riveting reading.

I really felt the tensions of the characters and while at times this story, for me personally, was a difficult read I was completely gripped.

The telling of this story is very realistic, I almost stopped reading a few times, but that said, it is not filled with unnecessary horror.

I loved how Ciara and Heidi were portrayed and felt a real connection to how they dealt with what had happened in their lives. Each girl was different and there was no sugar coating of their feelings.

The shock at the end was fitting, and the tale evolved perfectly. This along with brilliant writing makes The Liars Daughter well worth a read.














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