Trope: Isolated/Locked Room
Pub Date: 8.30.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
“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.”
“Fear is something we have to feel to learn and learn to feel.”
Wow! I did not anticipate the end of this book. I was stunned, and after going back to read certain pages, I am still kicking myself for not noticing what was going on.
I spent most of this one feeling disinterested and slightly miffed because I knew the story’s direction. There was a point when I debated just putting it down and picking up something else. Why?
Daisy Darker seemed to be one I’ve read 50 times – a family is stranded on their family estate due to hazardous weather, and slowly, one by one, they die. Leaving the reader and characters guessing who the killer might be. I also didn’t love the flashback chapters as they were sometimes dull and didn’t always go with the book. But, I kept reading because Feeney is one of my favorite mystery authors, and I refused to give up.
When the twist was revealed, I was shocked and happy that I had kept reading and finished the book. I also vowed to be a little more invested in the next mystery I read.
🗺 Map of the house
😤 Unlikeable characters (bratty, entitled, rude)
⏮ Flashback chapters
🤯 Surprising twist
❌ – death of horses (page 126-129)
I recommend adding Daisy Darker to your reading list; it makes for a perfect rainy day read where you can get lost in the pages and be surprised with twisty endings.
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Format: 352 pages, hardback
Published: August 2022
ISBN 1250843936 (ISBN13: 9781250843937)