Review of The Daughter

Oh my god, you guys! I’m so excited! I finally got a day off from my two day jobs, so I can finally focus on my writing and get some creative word done. 🙂 I’ve got my coffee going. I’ve got my drafts all set up for either writing or editing. And I have my background noise shows playing on the TV. It about 9:30 in the morning where I am, so I’m planning on pretending that writing is my 9 to 5 job. 🙂

Is it nerdy that that is my idea of fun? arranging my day of social distancing like I’m a full-time author? Probably. But it’s still fun. I need to work on my writing output and routine anyway.

So! To kick off my day of writing, I’m working on this blog post. Just easing myself into the work before I get to the gritty, time consuming task of handwriting out a first daft. 🙂 It’s actually really fun! It just takes way longer than typing. 🙂

Today’s post is obviously a review. 🙂 Of…

The Daughter by Lucy Dawson

This book, ya’ll! It was great. So, so great. I loved it so much. 🙂 My rating is…

4 Very Happy Stars

Would you like to see the blurb of the book? 🙂

Here you go!

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone’s determined to make you pay…
Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? ❤ It really is! I finished it in just a few days listening to it on audible. You all know just how much I freaking LOVE audible, right? I can read a book while driving, or exercising, or working. It’s the best. ❤

Anyway! Review time! I posted my review to Goodreads too, and I should probably go out it over on audible in a minute. Here’s my review! ❤

Omg. This was SUCH a great book, and I loved it so much. The story was great in itself, but the emotions of the characters was where it gets really awesome. The first part of the book was especially hard to read/listen to. Not because it was bad. “The Daughter” was a wonderful book. It was just because parts of it were just so freaking SAD!

I do a lot of my listening/reading at work since I have a day job that allows me to listen to books or music. (Yay for stocking jobs!) And I was trying so, so hard not to cry while I was working. I mean that funeral scene where Ben was speaking? Yeah, I just about lost it.

Which would not have been good. I would not have liked to explain to my co-workers why I was crying while stocking freaking rice and flour and stuff. Glad I didn’t cry!

anyway! I loved this! I loved the characters, and the narrator did an excellent job. 🙂

The mystery of who was doing stuff was great too, and I was guessing and wondering right up until the very end. 🙂 I didn’t expect that ending, but I rarely do. I’m not great at guessing the plot twists or baddies in mysteries. Which is why they are so much fun for me to listen to. My audible app is absolutely FULL of mysteries and thrillers.

And I highly recommend this one. I think I have another couple of Lucy’s books and I’m very excited to give them a try soon!

You know, I’m actually surprised by how long that review was! A lot of my reviews end up being just a line or two, because I do so much of my reading right before bed, and I’m super tired by the time I finish something that I can only must up the energy to go: “I liked it!”

Is that sad?

I don’t know. But I do know you should totally pick up a copy of The Daughter. 🙂 You can follow the link and get a copy in kindle, audible, or paperback. I love paperbacks, but I highly recommend the audiobook. The narrator did such a great job!

Happy Reading everyone! I’ll be back again soon. Hopefully tomorrow. (Fingers crossed!) I want to give an update on how my 9 to 5 experiment went. Or it might be long! Depends on how I’m feeling, but right now I’m feeling very productive!

Love, Lennie! ❤

Book Review and Writing/reading Update!

Hi, everyone! Hope everyone is doing good and having lots of fun bookish adventures!

Ugh. The last few days have been a crap show for my blogging and writing schedules. What can I say? Sorry! Live just gets in the way sometimes. :/. I try my best, I swear!

Anyway! I’m sure ya’ll are still waiting patiently on that new book, She Watches You Sleep. It’s come soon, I swear! I know, I know. It’s way behind schedule from when I said I was going to release it! I work a ton (something has to fund my book writing, right?) and I’ve been getting ready to go visit my Sister in Michigan for a few days. YAY!!! ❤ She’s my favorite person ever!

and Staples took forever getting my printed manuscript to me, so my editing process has slowed. Sorry!

Don’t worry! It’s on its way! I promise! hopefully it’ll be up for sale on Amazon by early thursday morning. And so is book 2 of Spooky shorts! I just gotta get all my crap together! Anyway, while we wait, how about Monday’s review & list of the books, I’m reading this week? 😀

Monday’s Review is: Twisted by Andrew Kaufman! 5 stars!

Twisted by [Kaufman, Andrew E.]

Seriously, ya’ll this one was AMAZING! I finished it while at my stocking Job yesterday day, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. the narrator for the audio version was wonderful. he did a great southern drawl. 😀 I should know! I’m from the south! ❤


The psychologist with a troubled past…

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.

The killer with a secret…

Donny Ray knows things about Christopher—things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland. As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case, Christopher’s life whirls out of control. The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape, and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster. Is he going mad, or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?

The terror that binds them…

In this taut psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, bestselling author of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, a tormented man must face his fear and enter the mind of a killer to find the truth…even if it costs him his sanity.

yeah, so basically, it’s about a psychologist who looses his shit. (poor dude) and it’s amazing! It’s scary and disturbing. It’s sad and exciting. And I loved every minute of it.

the flashback’s to Chris’s past were some of my favorite parts. especially when his dad started talking about a “voice in the drain.” that’s some scary stuff right there, let me tell you.

it was hard to tell what was real and what was it, because even our M.C. wasn’t sure anymore. it was great! if you like psychological horrror/thrillers this is the book for you. especially if you like audible. get the audio version. you won’t regret it!

Now! What else am I reading this week?

Becoming My Daddy: First Impressions by [Austin, Alan]

Remember I did a Spotlight for Alan a while back? 😀 I’ll be reading one of his new stories this week. 😀 Erotica isn’t my go to lit choice (expect for the occassional m/m fanfics, but we’ll not talk about that embarrassing pastime, lol.) but his stories are getting pretty popluar. 😀 I’d like to see what makes them so exciting for erotica fans.

It good to try new things, right? 😀

I’ll also be reading another short story:

The Lady on the Road: An urban legend short story by [Herntier, Nick]

Neat cover! 😀

And one more, I think!

Be Careful What You Wish For: A Short Story by [Hutchinson, A.C.]

I’m focusing on just the shorter stories this week, since I’ll be traveling. My reading time is pretty limited. I’ve got to get packed, take the cat two my mom’s house so she can babysit her while I’m gone, and get my apartment cleaned up. because nothing is worse than coming home from spending hours on an airplane to a messy house that’s totally judging me on my lack of housekeeping skills.

I can’t be the only one that is so bad at dishes that they run out of counter space and end up with dishes all over the kitchen floor right? :’D I blame TV. It’s very distracting. lol.

Anyway! Happy Reading! ❤ I’ll ya’ll tomorrow for a review of one of the shorts! Happy Reading! Love Lennie! ❤