• Lost Daughter

  • By: Ali Mercer
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Lost Daughter

By: Ali Mercer
Narrated by: Helen Duff
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Publisher's summary

If you think photos aren’t important… wait until they’re all you have left of your child.

Your life isn’t perfect, but you’re still happy. Your husband has stuck by you, and he’s a good dad. Your daughter, Becca, makes your heart explode with love. And then, in the time it takes to say ‘bad mother’, there’s no longer a place for you in your own family. Your right to see your child has disappeared.

Life goes on in your house - family dinners, missing socks and evening baths - but you aren’t there anymore. Becca may be tucked up in bed in Rose Cottage, but she is as lost to you as if she had been snatched from under your nose.

Everyone knows you deserve this, for what you did. Except you’re starting to realise that things maybe aren’t how you thought they were, and your husband isn’t who you thought he was either. That the truths you’ve been so diligently punishing yourself for are built on sand, and the daughter you have lost has been unfairly taken from you. Wouldn’t that be more than any mother could bear?

A heart-wrenchingly emotional drama for fans of Lisa Wingate, Jill Childs, and Jodi Picoult.

©2019 Ali Mercer (P)2019 Bookouture

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Returned it because I was so lost

I return this book after 9 chapters because I had no idea what was going on. Too many stories going on at 1 time

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Slow slow….couldn’t get through it!!

Slow slow, depressing. I could not finish it!! I tried but just had to stop.

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This book i thought was boring. The narrator was amazing, but the story seemed to just drag.

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Sad story

I liked the book, at some point I was dragging myself to finish it. The main concern is that the whole story is so sad and heart breaking. I needed more details about the main character relationship with her husband. It felt I did not have good picture of them. It may apply to some people life I guess.
It was kind of odd why she never defend her rights but maybe that’s because how she grew up. I loved some of the conversations or talking about her feelings.

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Love this!

Love this story and journey of mother’s.
Love Helen duff too! I love when books end this way.

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too gullible

The story is ok, I felt that it was too drawn out. I ended up disliking the main character because she was so gullible instead of sympathy I felt dislike. I think that the story is very realistic of what happens in real life but the main character was too unrealisticly weak throughout the greatest part of the story

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Connections, Complacency, Reactions

Lost Daughter by Ali Mercer is complex, intriguing, and at times devastating. The author did a good job with the three main characters in the book and the relationships they had. The book took concentration to follow along with what was going on. I felt like Rachel was dealing with a house of cards that came crashing down. Helen Duff performed the book well and there were no technical issues that I heard.

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Not bad

The book is well written, with good character development but I found it wasn’t for me although it was decent enough to finish. I though there were parts that didn’t quite make sense, I didn’t enjoy that it took too long to find out what Rachel did that had such an impact on her and her family’s life, for example. I also found the cover misleading as it shows a little girl, not a teenager. There are some emotional parts in the book but not enough to make you cry, it is not as thrilling as I thought is would be . There are parts which I found to be confusing as they flash back and don’t always seem to make sense.

Although I only give this book 3 stars, I would give this author another go in the future

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A little lost. A little found.

It 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.

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