Title – Daddy Dearest
Author – Paul Southern
Genre – Thriller/Suspense
Length – 245 Pages
My Rating – 4/5 Stars
An estranged father’s weekend with his beloved five-year-old daughter turns into a nightmare when she gets into the lift of a city centre tower block and goes down without him. She vanishes without a trace. It sets off a race against time, and a nationwide manhunt, to find her. As the police investigation closes in, suspicion falls on those closest to her – with devastating consequences. Daddy Dearest is a terrifying story of love, obsession and psychological meltdown.
‘My daughter has always had a thing about lifts. There’s something about the thrill of pressing a button and seeing the lift doors close which excites her imagination. It terrifies me. Every time she walks in, I imagine it’s the last time I’ll see her. What if she hits the button before I get there? What if the lift doors close and I can’t get her out? It drives me nuts. There are eight floors in the Sears building, nine if you count the basement, and the lift is fast: more like a fairground ride, really. It does top to bottom in twelve seconds. I’ve timed it. Taking the stairs, I’ve done it in forty-two. That leaves a gap of thirty seconds. You’d be surprised what can happen in that time. I was.’
This is a very psychological tale told from the viewpoint of the dad when his daughter goes missing after getting in a lift
I never give away spoilers but I can say for certain this is has a very clever plotline with some very interesting developments that happen throughout the course of the book
There is a underlying tone of love to the tale and I think the author did a great job in making the reader understand the motives behind certain actions.
Emotion played a big part in the tale and the emotion made the tale real for me
For me the best thing about the book had to be the storyline itself. After reading one chapter Paul Southern hooked me in enough that I had to keep reading to see how the story would finish
Overall I felt this was a very well planned and written, raw and real. The storyline is so smart I could easily envisage this one being made into a TV programme.
I very much enjoyed the book and I’ll be looking out for the author’s next release
I really do wish I could give you more to go on but if I say anything else it would give the whole plot away.
My advice is that if you enjoy psychological thrillers or mysteries then you’ll enjoy this one
My thanks go to the author for the chance to read/review his work