Daughter of Mine

S. & S./Marysue Rucci. Apr. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781668010440. $28. SUSPENSE
Hazel Sharp’s detective father dies and leaves her the family home, forcing her to confront a dysfunctional family and unanswered questions about her missing mother in Miranda’s (The Last House Guest) latest. Her brothers are upset with her for moving away and seem to be hiding secrets. Hazel’s former love also appears to be hiding something, making Hazel feel isolated and alone. Her home town of Mirror Lake is suffering through a drought, and objects under the surface of the lake begin to appear as it dries up. The more Hazel pushes for answers, the more she learns that the truth about her mother’s disappearance should have stayed hidden, like the bottom of the lake. Miranda creates an intense and atmospheric read in which a drought plays perfectly with Hazel’s quest while she tries hard not to drown in elements of her past she wants to forget.
VERDICT Miranda has arguably written her best book to date, and she has another guaranteed best seller on her hands.
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