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Book Review: Trophy Child by Paula Daly

“Karen Blo30758184om is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighbourhood call her assertive, others say she’s driven, but in gossiping circles she’s known as: the tiger mother. Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent—no matter the cost. But in an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start to rebel against her.

Her husband Noel is a handsome doctor with a proclivity for alcohol and women. Their prodigy daughter, Bronte, is excelling at school, music lessons, dance classes, and yet she longs to run away. Verity, Noel’s teenage daughter from his first marriage, is starting to display aggressive behaviour. And Karen’s son from a previous relationship falls deeper into drug use. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen’s carefully constructed façade begins to fall apart—and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.

A thrilling tale of ambition and murder, Daly’s richly imagined world of suburban striving and motherly love is an absorbing page-turner about the illusions of perfection and the power games between husband and wife, parent and child.”

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I was thrilled to get approved on NetGalley for this book as I devoured the author’s debut ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are you?’ I was disappointed that I didn’t experience the same roller-coaster of emotions with Trophy Child, although I loved the mystery element to this domestic noir. I had long list of suspects on my list, but none of them were correct, which really was a surprise. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy a slow burner of a read with very flawed characters.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for my digital arc.

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