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Somebody's Daughter

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Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep with a crazy story, asking for help. Against his better judgment, Michael gets caught up in the search. Will the assistance that Michael gives destroy his life and family?

I did like parts of the story, but my overall impression was that the story was too predictable and the ending too simple. Add in the fact that the police sat on their hands while an amateur collected information and the result was a novel that was too unrealistic. Most of the characters were not really likable and the conclusion was just not enough to resurrect Somebody's Daughter. I am usually a fan of novels by this author, so I look forward to reading more in the future.

Disclaimer: I was given an Advanced Reader's Copy of Somebody's Daughter by NetGalley and the publisher, Berkley. The choice to review this book was my own.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for this reader's copy. In exchange, I am providing an honest review.

David Bell is an author I keep reading even though my personal success rate with him is about 50% to this point. I started this title with the hopes that it would land on the side of 50% that I liked. I was not disappointed. 

One summer evening Michael Frazier's doorbell rings and his ex-wife, Erica, is standing on the other side of the door. They haven't seen or spoken to one another in a decade. What could she possibly want? Turns out Erica's 9-year-old daughter has gone missing and Erica needs Michael's help. Why? Because surprise! You, Michael, have a daughter you weren't aware of until this very moment and she's the one missing. Surprise indeed. Obviously, a DNA test at the moment is impossible so on the off-chance Felicity is his daughter Michael goes with Erica as she is pleading with him too. Angela, Michael's wife, isn't too thrilled but a child is missing so she reluctantly agrees. What follows is a very long night that bleeds into the next day of several characters and their perspectives on trying to locate Felicity. Several avenues and theories are pursued, and discarded, until they land on the one they never thought of. 

I liked this one. I didn't love it but I liked it. Bell's characters weren't as annoying as other titles he has written, although a few of them are still lacking reality. I mean, I understand in fiction all characters lack reality a bit but Bell's tend to be more unbelievable for me than others. I did fall for the theories being tested in who might have taken Felicity so when I figured out where she was and who she was with I really appreciated the surprise I felt. I'm a sucker for a good twist in a story like this one.
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A thrilling ride filled with secrets, suspense and action!

This book was sitting on my TBR for over 2 years! Why did I wait so long to read it? I actually listened to the audiobook and was fully engrossed from beginning to end. Let me set the scene for you - Michael and Angela Frazier are happily married and trying to conceive after years of failure. One evening Michael’s ex-wife, Erica, appears at their door frantically asking for his help locating her missing daughter, Felicity, who she believes is his daughter. After that, it was bombshell after bombshell as they searched for Felicity. 

I will come right out and say that the plot was far fetched and so much of what happened was implausible but this girl was hooked. The book mostly takes place over the course of one crazy night with short chapters that leave you filled with either dread or suspense so it's impossible to walk away. The search for Felicity uncovers secret after secret, putting everyone in harm's way for one reason or another. 

While I enjoyed this book I did have the kidnapping figured out so sadly there were no surprises there for me. I also felt like the end served to tie things up a bit too neatly and happily ever after like, or at least as much as a thriller has a happily ever after. 3.5 stars rounded up!
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Bell does a great job setting the stage for what becomes a fast-past thriller. I was lulled in before I realized that I had stopped breathing. A perfect book for someone looking for something to keep them engaged all night!
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RATING: 4 STARS
2018; Berkley Publishing Group

Somebody's Daughter reminds me of Harlan Coben's standalone novels. It is when an every day man gets stuck in unusual circumstances, and suddenly finds himself thinking "how far am I willing to go for someone I love?". Michael's ex-wife, Erica turns up one night claiming her 10 year old daughter is missing, and "oh, by the way, she's yours". Michael having no time to think anything through, knows whether the girl is his or not, he has to help. As Michael leaves his current wife at home, she discovers that Erica has secrets and those secrets might get Michael killed. This suspenseful book had me reading as fast as I could to see if this was going where I think it was going. I would recommend this one if you are looking to go for a crazy ride.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***
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Michael Frazier opens the door at his house to find his ex-wife standing there. She tells him that her daughter has been kidnapped and that he is the father. He had no idea that when they divorced she was pregnant. So he jumps in the car with her and they go on this crazy ride to find out what happened to the child. A great read by David Bell - I read this book in a few hours ❤️❤️ #bookworm #booknerd
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Love every David Bell book! David is an author I’ll read without rewarding the back cover.  This book kept my attention.   Perfect for reading in one sitting!
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This was such a good, fast paced thriller! This book kept me turning the pages, to find out what happens in the end! Definitely enjoyed this one!
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A David Bell book is always a great reading choice. He offers so much emotion and suspense into his stories, and you can't put them down. He's one of the best (in my opinion) when it comes to a good twist. David is one of my auto-read authors!
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Another great book by David Bell.  Thank you for the advanced copy.  I find all of his books so real and cannot put them down.  Our library will definitely be purchasing this one!
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A little bit trippy, but I’m a good way. I enjoyed reading this so much that I could not put it down! Great storytelling ability!
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Thoroughly enjoyed this thriller and I'm looking forward to his next book.  I've shared my review on FB and Twitter already.
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David Bell has quickly became a superstar with his writing and it shows with each book he writes! With each book published his writing gets even better than I ever thought it could.
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I read an earlier book by David Bell and was very pleased so I went into this book with high expectations.  He did not disappoint at all.

You are pulled in from the start.   The writing was beautiful and I really appreciated the struggle that the man and his wife were thing through and how much of a wrench was thrown into their life with his ex to show up with a situation with a child that he never knew he had.

I didn't think this was so much a psychological thriller as it was a mystery.  Nonetheless, it was a good read.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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David Bell is quickly becoming a favorite in the psychological thriller genre! He knocks it out of the park with Somebody's Daughter!
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Absolutely perfect !!!  I read this book in one day. It pulls you in immediately,  I couldn't stop reading. There's another mystery yet to be solved, I would encourage the author to run with it.  Looking forward to the next novel.
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Another great book by David Bell. I am a true fan of his writing and have yet to read a book I didn't like. Keep up the great works! Can't wait to read what you come out with next.
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I found this book to be a mediocre version of a mystery.  I would definitely not categorize this as a thriller, which I was hoping for. The story is related from alternating points of view in a timeline style, but the ending fell flat for me.
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This was an interesting read, I didn't lose interest but I was not dying to know what was going to happen. The pulse pounding pace was not there. But good read nonetheless.
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Picture this: You’re married to the love of your life. You 2 are operating on overtime to try for a new baby. She isn’t getting pregnant right away and you're not sure if the issue is you and not her. Then one day while you and your wife are enjoying a tranquil evening at home you hear your doorbell. Upon opening the door you notice your ex-wife is standing there in a panic. Not only does she reveal that you have a daughter which you never knew about, but that she has been missing and your cooperation is needed for the search. 

Interesting right? SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER jumps right into a fast-paced tale about the abduction of a 10-year-old child named Felicity and the battle to get her back in one piece. 

I appreciated the various perspectives throughout this story which I felt would keep the reader captivated in every aspect of the twisted saga. From the eerie music teacher, the bewildered wife, and the determined detectives, the reader can pinpoint where this whole story goes wrong and when the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place. 

The whole book was beautifully written, and the author clearly spent a great deal mapping out this mystery. Unfortunately, the ended fell completely flat. I’m not sure what I expected, but for this story to push ahead with such force during the beginning and middle and then slow down with absolutely no major event happening towards the end really disappointed me. I found myself craving more drama and less fairy-tale ending.  If I could describe it with one word, I would use "dull". 

If you are interested in a traditional mystery with a multifaceted approach to the finale then this book is for you. If you expecting an immensely, troublesome ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat then keep looking.
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