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Karen Bloom has always wanted the best things in life. And that includes her children; quite simply, she expects them to be perfect. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment, and she won't be making the same mistake again with her beloved daughter, Bronte. Bronte's every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing whatever it takes to excel. But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen's husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is near breaking point. Karen is about to learn just how deadly the pursuit of success can be....

©2017 Paula Daly (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Angie
  • 03-28-17

Gripping story

clever plot and well presented. I couldn't guess the ending despite trying! Well narrated but the narrator did a bad Scottish accent though.

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  • Ann D
  • 03-19-17

Excellent!

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This book draws the listener in. It is well written, unusual and clever. The characters are well drawn and there are satisfying twists and turns. It's a really great read/listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • David M
  • 06-24-17

More of a 'who done it' than a thriller

...but still a pleasant listen. The latest in the series set around Windemere with Joanne Aspinal as the principal detective. Unlike the last book in the series this one has an "epilogue" that wraps things up and give us some idea how life moves on after the main story is complete. I like that in a book. If Paula Daly writes another book in this series, I'll definitely buy it.
Great narration from Janine Birkett.

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  • Jacqui
  • 06-21-17

Irritating narration

Unfortunately the irritating narration overshadowed the story - it sounded more like an episode of The Flumps! Quite why every character had to have a different accent from across the country is beyond me, and the ten year old and the sixteen year old had the voices of five year olds. It made the characters very flat and unconvincing - I didn't actually care what happened to any of them and my attention wandered quite often. Generally quite a disappointing story and a disconnected ending, let down by the narration.

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  • Vanessa
  • 06-12-17

Utterly Brilliant!

Paula Daly's books keep getting better! Eagerly await the next book.
This book is a must for any parent who may at times feel inadequate in any way.
Excellently narrated by Janine Burkett.

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  • Mrs Zamore
  • 06-11-17

fair story

fair story but not the most interesting I've listened to. felt a bit like the ending wasn't great.

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  • Weliza
  • 04-19-17

Not a strong, satisfying story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I felt the 'trophy child' aspect of the story was weak and the overall story was contrived in an unconvincing way. The ending, in particular, was not really connected. There was no real substance to the characters.

Would you recommend The Trophy Child to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't because it was an unsatisfying. A bit like eating some junk food which you regret.

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  • Trodez
  • 08-24-18

Fantastic

The best Paula Daly so far. I loved it and I did nit guess the plot at all
Well done and please keep writing

Highly recommended

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  • Mazz
  • 10-03-17

Mixed feelings

A good read. Good story line although I found the main characters unlikable and their behaviour unethical
Unfortunately I am Kendal born and bred and found the narrator's accent appalling. A mixture of liverpoudlian and Durhem..... Dreadful