5 Star Review
Editorial by Michael Beas
In "Her Father's Daughter" by T.M. Dunn, readers are taken on a thrilling journey through the dark underbelly of a family's secrets. Skillfully blending elements of domestic suspense, a police investigation, a forbidden love affair, and a chilling serial killer, Dunn delivers a raw and edgy narrative that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.
The story takes shape around twenty-five-year-old Linda Donovan, who spent her life working for her father's extermination business in New York City. On the anniversary of her mother's death, Linda finds herself at a Park Avenue apartment building, this where she discovers the grisly remains of an elderly resident, partially devoured by rats. This shocking discovery not only casts a shadow on the Donovan family's exterminating services but also hints at a deeper and more sinister truth.
As the police investigation unfolds, Linda realizes that her father, Anthony, is missing. Faced with mounting evidence and a potential murder charge, Linda becomes desperate to find her father and uncover the truth behind the horrifying events. In a race against time, she unravels the dark history of her family, delving into her father's five notebooks that detail his relationship with her mother and the disturbing tale of abuse, tormented souls, and a twisted love gone awry.
T.M. Dunn constructs a suspenseful narrative that keeps readers engrossed from beginning to end. The pacing is relentless, with each chapter revealing new layers of intrigue and suspense. The author's ability to intertwine various plot threads, including the police investigation, Linda's personal journey, and the disturbing revelations in her father's notebooks, creates a multi-dimensional story that constantly surprises and captivates.
Dunn's prose is sharp and riveting, painting vivid imagery and capturing the dark and gritty atmosphere of New York City. The characters are well-developed and complex, each with their own motivations and secrets. Linda's transformation from a loyal daughter to a determined investigator searching for the truth is particularly compelling, as she grapples with the revelations about her family and the horrifying realization that the person she thought she knew might be capable of unimaginable acts.
Fans of Oyinkan Braithwaite and Karen Dionne will find much to appreciate in T.M. Dunn's "Her Father's Daughter." Her ability to balance intricate suspense with a deep exploration of family dynamics and personal growth is commendable. This captivating tale of twisted secrets and the lengths one will go to protect their loved ones will leave readers breathless until the final page.
In conclusion, "Her Father's Daughter" is a hard-hitting and riveting read that showcases T.M. Dunn's talent for crafting a suspenseful and emotionally charged narrative. With its compelling characters, dark secrets, and intricate plot, this book is a must-read for fans of gripping domestic suspense. Prepare to be enthralled by the twisted web of deceit and the shocking revelations that lie within the pages of this gripping novel.
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About the Author
T. M. Dunn has served as Senior Director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing. She coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops. She is the co-host of the Westport Library's podcast, Go Ahead, Write Something. This Italian-American, Bronx-raised rebel has traveled the world. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut where she is currently working on her next novel, with her rescue puppy Blanqui snuggled at her side.
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