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My Daughter's Secret

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  635 ratings  ·  104 reviews
My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it.

In the middle of the night, Claire wakes up to discover that her beloved daughter, Julia, is dead – and life, as she knows it, is over.

Searching for answers, Claire stumbles upon a pile of letters, hidden under Juli
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Published March 19th 2019 by Bookouture
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
I guess you can say that the author has done her job when you come out at the other end of her book feeling emotionally abused yourself. In the course of less than 300 pages I have witnessed suicide, murder, domestic violence, one particularly unpleasant relationship and a complete set of adults seriously in need of psychoanalysis.

There is a good story in the middle of all that which kept me reading, despite the fact that all of the characters, except the two poor sons, were unpleasant. There is
In my Daughter's Secret, Nicole Trope tackles a difficult subject in what appears to be the suicide of Claire's student daughter Julia. Claire and her husband Adrian (Julia's step father) are especially shocked when Julia is found dead outside their house, when they thought she was away from home in Melbourne studying journalism at University. She seemed to be happy and healthy so why had she suddenly decided to drive home to Sydney and hang herself on their front porch? Claire is certain there ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: In the light, the face is clear. The eyes bulge, the lips are blue and swollen.

There is a beat of silence, a moment in time when all sound is drowned out.

Callie makes a strange noise, an animal howl that pierces the night.

Mia screams. Her whole body trembling, she screams and screams and screams.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it.

In the middle
The discovery that her twenty-year-old daughter Julia was dead shattered Claire, her husband Adrian and the two boys. But the knowledge that she had committed suicide when the girl they had known had seemingly been happy was bewildering. Claire, riven with grief, knew she needed to find out the answers as to why her beloved Julia had resorted to suicide.

This novel revolved around grief, heartache, secrets and lies. The characters were not likeable; it was hard to even get to know them. As the ma
Linda Strong
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

When Claire's daughter, Julia, commits suicide, she is consumed with unimaginable grief. Searching for answers, she finds letters hidden under her daughter's bed in an old shoe box.

At first, Claire's heart is eased as she discovers that Julia was happy, she loved being a college student... and that she was in love.

But the tone of the letters slowly change and Claire feels something else was going on with her daughter .. something dark and secretive.

Claire questions everything she though
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the blurb, I loved the beginning of the story. The book started with a shocker – a suicide. Julia was found hanging from the porch, and her mother Claire was devastated. What caused a happy 20 year old, studying journalism, to take such a drastic step?

The author Nicole Trope started the story with a bang which went on to describe a mother’s pain. There can really be no words on this earth to describe that grief. The story continued with Claire’s investigation into her daughter’s life whe
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This book was well done and full of flawed but wonderful characters. I found the subject matter so relatable to many areas- marriage, trying to raise adult children , spousal abuse, suicide and many other issues. Nicole Trope does an admirable job of writing about tragic events and making them so important and real that I was reading late into the night.

A heartbreaking and illuminating story of love, loss and redemption, with a twist and an ending that leaves you aghast. Nicole Trope is a gifte
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Trope brings suicide to the forefront of this emotional heartbreaking story. Julia is only twenty years old when she commits suicide. Found hanging from a chain around her neck on the front porch of her family home has left her mother Claire completely devastated. Why would her daughter take her own life? Claire has no closure as Julia didn't even leave a note. This sets Claire off to find out why her beautiful and popular daughter would take her own life. There are secrets Julia kept hid ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
What an opening to a story! Definitely one I won’t forget in a hurry that’s for sure.

The loss of a child is devastating enough but to lose one the way that Claire does, gosh my heart went out to her. In fact I did get quite emotional in places as just the thought of it really hit me hard. The only thing keeping Claire going is her search for answers.

Her search leads Claire on a roller coaster of a journey. I loved how the author takes the reader in one direction to totally do a U turn and send t
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
--I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are purely my own and not influenced in any way.--

Let me start by saying I understand that grief is an extremely difficult emotion: you get angry much quicker, it's all consuming, and no one reacts the same way. I also realize that suicide is a difficult topic and very REAL topic and afterwards you want answers and sometimes don't get them. I say all of that, because even knowing that, I hated pretty much everyone in
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you need to put that much information into a simple title (telling not showing) then I don't think that this is going to be a book worth reading.

Too bad because the synopsis sounds fairly decent.

It seems that there are several people who had been unhappy with my rating because I may not have read the book -I'm not saying either way- I feel that there are so many "squee girls/boys" that give an author 5 stars well before a book is even ready for ARC distribution that why not give an author a b
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
On Halloween night Claire finds her 20-year-old daughter, Julia hanging from the front porch. While she is trying to come to terms with her daughter’s suicide she makes some discoveries. Julia was in a secret relationship. Claire digs further into truth to find out who the person was and if he was responsible for Julia’s death.

The novel opened up with Julia’s friends discovering Julia’s body on Halloween night. That opening chapter was the best one in the book. After that, I was greatly disappoi
Feb 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-read
You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I strongly disliked this book. It left me feeling all disgusted and dirty, which is not something I want from a book.

It started out okay. I didn't love the characters, but they were okay.

About 30% of the way into the book I had figured out what happened the night that Julia died. I figured out who 'x' was and couldn't bear reading Cla
Renita D'Silva
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful, heart-wrenching book. A wonderful, unforgettable story. I really loved this amazing book. One of my top reads of the year! Very highly recommended!
Paula Sealey
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
If you enjoy very emotional dramas with a twist, then this is the book for you, for me, it was all just a bit too bleak. It's easy to feel sympathy with heartbroken Claire, as she tries to comes to terms with her daughter's death. Her subsequent investigations into why her daughter died are the main part of the plot and this just didn't keep my attention, mainly because there was no reprieve from the sadness. Right from the start when Claire's daughter is found, to the end when the villain is co ...more
An Aussie Book Nerd
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle-books
My first read from this author and I was pleased overall. It's a story that tackles two of the biggest stigmas to date, domestic violence and suicide. Although I couldn't entirely jel with all the characters, I could definitely understand Claire's incredible grief when it came to her daughter's suicide. It's a tremendously shocking and sudden lose that many find it hard to comprehend. I felt that. Is it depressing, yes. But it's also very real, and definitely strikes a chord among readers. It ce ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author really knows how to catch your attention with the first chapter. It left me with goosebumps all over.

A lot of people do not believe in (female) intuition. I wonder why because it has already saved a lot of lives and maybe animals are more clever than humans. They do trust it for 100%. But there is something that is even stronger than that : a mother’s intuition. Why is it that everybody finds it hard to believe when she is convinced that there is more to it than the eye can see?

It sho
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the story of the mother of a young girl who is found hanging on her front porch on Halloween. In her grief, she goes looking for a reason behind why her daughter could possibly want to do such a tragic thing when she seemingly had it all.

While visiting her daughters dorm room, she located a box of letters that brings the reader into guessing what the secret was who might have been behind it.

The story was well thought out, though I did guess all of the surprises before I read about them.
Belinda Munro
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars. I’ve been looking forward to a new release by the talented Nicole Trope for quite a while so was so excited to receive this ARC. After reading a few of her books, readers soon learn this author does not produce fluffy, chicklit, but rather very intense, emotionally charged stories. I love the way she is able to write about situations that no one would ever want to experience and the insight she has into experiences (I assume she hasn’t been through) is quite remarkable.

Having said that
Thank you to Bookouture for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Our Daughter’s Secret’ in exchange for an honest review.

It’s never easy to give a low rating to a novel. I expect that I am likely to be in the minority but for me this novel had some major issues.

Claire wakes one night to find that her daughter, Julia is dead. She is naturally deeply bereaved struggling to understand why her beautiful and seemingly happy daughter took her own life. After finding a cache of letters hidden under Julia’s bed a
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
On Halloween Claire & Adrian are awoken by a girls screaming. When they open the door they discover that Claire's daughter has committed suicide. Julia was supposed to be enjoying her life at college- why on earth has she seen this as the only way out? hen clearing out Julia's room in college, Claire discovers a box of letters. Julia was involved in a torrid love affair with an older man.

I can understand that Claire was eaten up with grief; to lose a child & in that way must be the worst
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, net-galley
On Halloween night two girls find Julia hanging on her family home's porch while everyone thought she was a 5 hour drive away at school. Torn up by Julia's suicide we follow Claire's story as she tries to understand why her seemingly happy daughter would commit suicide. Along with Claire's point of view we also get letters throughout the book from someone Julia was seeing, getting insight into a relationship that no one else knew about any may hold many clues.

I initially was disappointed in the
Pat Simpson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire is left totally devastated when the body of her daughter Julia, is found hanging in the garden of their home. She needs to find answers as to why Julia did this. When Claire goes to clear out Julia’s room at university she finds, hidden under the bed, a box of letters from ‘x’ to Claire whih reveal lots of secrets that Julia has been hiding from everyone, In the meantime Claire’s family are falling apart. Claire’s ex husband, who physically and emotionally abused Claire and who never both ...more
Kira FlowerChild
Apr 21, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
The letters!! OMG!! Letter after letter after letter. After about a hundred pages, I flipped to the end and found the "twist" was what I suspected almost from the beginning. I regret the time I spent reading those pages. I regret even more paying $2.99 for this. Even if it had been Kindle Unlimited, it wouldn't have been worth it.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-books, 2019-books
3.5 stars

In "My Daughter's Secret," Trope begins with a college-age daughter's (Julia) suicide and her mother's (Claire) quest to find out why she chose to do so. While I can certainly empathize and appreciate a mother's deep anguish, sadness, sense of loss over a child's suicide, the first half of the book seemed to dwell, at undue length, on her mother's extreme difficulty in the aftermath. The book tends to slow down as a result, with the first half to third ceaselessly driving this home and
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Claire is dealing with the death by suicide of her 20 year old daughter. She is, of course totally devastated and heartbroken and is finding it difficult to function. But even more, she cannot believe her daughter, Julia, would take her own life. Claire is carrying around the pain and guilt of a mother who thinks she should have done more, or less, or done things in a different way.
Claire decides to go to her University to sort through her room. While packing up her things she finds letters whi
Kathleen Gray
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Why did Julia commit suicide- hanging herself on the front porch of her home? Or did she? Her mother Clare is devastated but then things really go south when she finds a trove of Julia's writings. There's a secret lover. Unfortunately, I figured out who that was right away, which made the rest of this less than suspenseful. Adrian and Joel, her stepfather and father respectively, loom large here but neither one felt real to me. I wish there had been more a sense of Julia as we only see her throu ...more
Cara Ross
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
My Daughters Secret is the story of the aftermath of a Daughters Suicide! But when things don’t add up, a mothers instinct is to find out the truth. And that is exactly what Claire does when her daughter Julia passes away and the police decided it was a suicide. But things are not sitting well with Claire, Julia has secrets and Claire is determined to get to the bottom of them, but when she does know, nothing will ever be the same.

There are many characters in this book but the main 4 are Julia (
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! My sweet darling Nicole, you have outdone yourself! This book is ahhmazing! From the first chapter, I was swept up by the sadness of the story. You sucked me in with grief so profound I could feel it as I turned the pages. You have portrayed the horrific nature of suicide in a way that feels so real and painful. And the beauty of a budding love relationship through the found letters! How beautiful and romantic it started and how horrific it all ended. About 70% in, I figured out w ...more
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Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because-as her professor pointed out- ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’ She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree in Children’s Literature. After the birth of her first child she stayed home full time to w ...more
“am one of those people now, one of those mothers. You read about them. You fear their experiences and yet you never really believe you will become them. I am one of those and I am not sure I know how to be that person, how to survive being that person.” 0 likes
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