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Book Review: Lost Daughter by Ali Mercer

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Lost Daughter is the story of three very different women who join a support group where they are the only members. They are separated from their children for very real and emotional taxing reasons.


The main storyline concentrates on Rachel. Rachel is separated from her artist husband and they have a teenage daughter. There are insinuations that Rachel had done something so horrid that she is trusted to only sees her daughter on a Saturday Her estranged husband appears to make all decisions regarding their child. There are many references to Rachel’s mental health and how this influences her ability to care for her child.

The book goes into the lives of the other two woman and I felt those characters could have been more developed for the subplot to be stronger. Enough was revealed to develop a like or dislike for a character but I felt these ladies deserved more contouring to colour in their paths in the plot.

The book has some slow patches. There are flashbacks to the past which at times can make it a bit confusing, especially when listening to the audiobook if the narrator isn’t consistent. The cover of the book suggested a more thriller vibe to me, but the book read more as women’s fiction.

I enjoyed Rachel finding her voice later in the book and also the way mental health was dealt with. The twist in the horrid affair of what Rachel had done was revealed in a thrilling way and gave me much joy. Although an average read, it is a good read but not one that you are going to remember in months to come.

  • Overall  – 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by Helen Duff – 2.5 out of 5 stars
  • Story – 3 out of 5 stars

I wish you enough,


“Lost Daughter” is written by Ali Mercer. Her second book, “His Secret Family” will be released mid-September 2019.

For updates and pictures, follow Ali on Twitter (@AlisonLMercer) or Instagram (@alimercerwriter), or on her Facebook page (AliMercerwriter). Ten things the Ali would like you to know about her.

Disclaimer: I received access to a complimentary audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Mom to many, wife to SirNoid. Lover of water, walks in the shade and all things purple.

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