Daisy Darker

Flatiron. Aug. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250843937. $28.99. THRILLER
Feeney (Rock Paper Scissors) returns with another dark, twisty tale about a dysfunctional family. Daisy Darker, her siblings, and her estranged parents all gather at her grandmother’s house on a tiny tidal island to celebrate Nana’s 80th birthday. Nana’s quirky behavior and the strained relationships within the family all conspire to create an air of unsettledness that wraps around the Darkers like the high tide that laps at the base of the house, preventing anyone from leaving. When Nana announces she’s going to read her will (she’s convinced her death is around the corner), tensions rise even further as family members turn on one another. At the stroke of midnight, with a storm raging outside, Nana is found dead in the kitchen. Trapped on the island with her killer, the Darkers begin to fall one by one.
VERDICT Feeney’s nod to Agatha Christie’s classic mystery And Then There Were None adds a delightful twist to this quirky thriller. Aficionados of locked-room stories and family dramas (plus Feeney’s large fan base) will enjoy this highly recommended title.
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