REVIEW: Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

Somebody's Daughter

Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Berkley Books


Another great read from David Bell!!

When the doorbell rings at eight o’clock on a normal Tuesday evening, Michael Frazier is surprised. The doorbell almost never rings. Michael was just thinking about the upcoming trip that he and his wife, Angela are taking. They have been trying to have a child for quite some time and they hope that some time away together will help them realize their dream.

When Michael opens the door he’s shocked to see whose standing there. A woman is pacing back and forth, smoking a cigarette. He can’t believe what he’s seeing. It’s his ex-wife, Erica. She tells him she needs his help. He tells her she needs to leave. But she says something that shocks him into silence…

Michael. My daughter. Someone kidnapped my daughter this morning.”

It has been ten years since he’s seen Erica….he’s remarried. She is talking so fast he can barely keep up. She mentions something about a music teacher and her daughter, Felicity. Michael tells her she needs to go to the police. She says she has already talked to them. Then she starts to cry and tells him he has no choice, he has to help her.

“She’s yours, Michael. Felicity is your daughter, and I need your help getting her back.”

Michael doesn’t believe her. Why would she wait so long to tell him? But regardless of whether or not Felicity is his daughter, he now realizes he needs to help Erica in any way he can. His wife, Angela is not thrilled when Michael leaves with Erica but she knows he needs to do what he can to help. All she can do is tell him to be careful.

Where is Felicity?

I was immediately pulled into this story. It is told from multiple perspectives. We hear from Michael, his wife Angela, and Detective Erin Griffin. We learn more about Michael’s history including a family tragedy that occurred when he was young. A tragedy that still haunts him.

I thought this was a well-written and interesting novel. As it is fictional suspense, there will often be things that seem implausible. I don’t usually have an issue with that, though there were a few things that seemed a bit over the top. I also felt the ending was a little rushed. But overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It had some great twists that I didn’t see coming and I read it in just a few sittings.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what David Bell has in store for readers next.

I’d like to thank David Bell and Berkley Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.


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