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Lost Daughter

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,176 ratings  ·  82 reviews
If you think photos aren’t important… wait until they’re all you have left of your child.

Your life isn’t perfect, but you’re still happy. Your husband has stuck by you and he’s a good dad. Your daughter Becca makes your heart explode with love.

And then, in the time it takes to say ‘bad mother’, there’s no longer a place for you in your own family. Your right to see your ch
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Bookouture
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Ali Mercer has the amazing gift of drawing the reader into the psyche of her characters. Having that believability allows her to add the unexpected twists and turns of the journey the character takes. A complex story with intertwined characters that try to overcome the worst that could happen in a persons life. That is the basis for this story, but as it unfolds you see people at the breaking point that claw their way back to a new life.

This novel is a work of art and is lush with thought. In it
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was quite different. It had all what the blurb promised and beyond that too. My first book by Ali Mercer, I went in thinking it was a thriller, but it wasn’t. It was about how a moment of lost control could lead to repercussions.

Rachel was a good mother, she worked hard, looked after the needs of her husband and her daughter Becca and was always working. Her husband was a house husband, but to me, he was quite a slimy character with a holier-than-thou attitude. Oh how I hate such people
Lisa Aiello
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
3.5 Stars - Four days is too long to spend on a book. It wasn't because it didn't turn out to be a decent read, but it was a character driven story and not plot driven, and sometimes it takes me a while to get through those. So here we have Rachel, estranged from her daughter and her husband, because of an act that takes us almost the whole book to learn about. She is trying to rebuild her life and her relationship with her daughter, but is having a tough time forgiving herself. She makes a coup ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lost Daughter is the first book I have ever read by Ali Mercer and and I found the story to be quite captivating right from the start. Mercer weaves the past and the present so skillfully as we delve deeper into Rachel Steele’s life. In the present she is living in a ramshackle apartment after being forced out of her daughter’s life due to an incident a year ago. Only getting to see her daughter once a week is hard for her as a mother knowing she is not always there for her teenage daughter, Bec ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and that means you do not really know what to expect. It always add a bit to the exitement. :)

The story takes place now but the author treats us to flashbacks in order to make us understand everything better.

It's not a thriller but that does not mean that there is no suspense in this book. You are eager to know what has lead to the situations the main characters are in at the moment.

Of course we are only human and we are bound to make mistakes. Who does not regret so
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Wow. What an emotional roller coaster of a book this is. Although it wasn’t quite what I expected, it was such a powerfully emotional story of loss, grief, regret and self forgiveness that it didn’t matter and I found myself completely wrapped up and invested in the characters and their lives.

The Lost Daughter tells the story of Rachel, recently separated from her husband and thirteen year old daughter and struggling to come to terms with the situation she now finds herself in. When she is invit
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
This is yet again another instance in which I thought I was requesting a thriller only to discover it is women’s fiction. The good news is that I figured this out before I started reading the book based on other reviews so I was prepared....

How do I describe this book? Hmmm. It is kind of a tough one. It is about three women who have each lost a child in different ways. Rachel is living estranged from her husband Mitch and 13-year old daughter, Becca, after a moment of emotional regres
*thank you to Netgalley, Ali Mercer and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Lost Daughter is one of those stories that take you on a journey discovering the characters more than the plot. I don't usually read stories like this but given the synopsis for this story I was intrigued and I had every reason to be as this turned out to be well worth the time. It is not fast paced but the story being told is that interesting that it didn't want to be rushed. It's
Donna Hines
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
You've lost your right to see your child. Becca was your precious joy. Her father wasn't perfect nor was your life but it was all you had. Nothing was as you might've thought so now what?
Your friends perhaps weren't the best friends but Leona and Viv I presume did their best. OR did they?
Well, I guess Mitch was the one that started it all with the affairs and all but he was the problem not you, right?
Geez this is a heck of a read, so I hope you get the chance to do so, and don't forget leave a r
Jane Hunt
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Losing your child is every parents’ nightmare, losing your child because of something you did, leaves you with a lethal cocktail of grief and guilt, and makes you wonder if you can carry on.

‘Lost Daughter’, follows Rachel’s tragic tale of being cut out of her teenage daughter’s life, because of one lapse of judgement. Written in a multi-point of view format, with flashbacks to the past, and more recent past, the story follows Rachel, and later Leona and Viv, as they try to live with themselves a
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had been wanting to read this book for a while and I recieved an ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review. Wow, this story was so much more than I could have anticipated from the blurb!

The story centres on three women who have lost a child in one way or another, but ultimately follows the life of Rachel, who I found to be completely relatable and loveable. The writing flowed and I was desperate to unearth the three woman's secrets. The story is told in a mixture of past and present
Sue Wallace
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lost daughter by Ali Mercer.
A food read. I liked the story and some of the characters. I liked Rachel but I was surprised with Leonas character. A little slow in places for me. But overall a good read.4*.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was a slow burner for me, and I had no idea what Rachel had done that was so wrong (so wrong as to be asked to leave the house by her husband and daughter!) until two thirds through. When the truth came out, the irony was that she hadn't been the only one at fault. Her husband, Mitch, was not averse to using her own past against her (Rachel's father was abusive too) With all fingers pointing at her, was it any wonder she felt she was going crazy.

The story centred on three women who ha
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ali Mercer delivers a riveting, moving story that immediately captivated me.

Rachel is separated from her husband Mitch – common enough as marriages often dissolve. A kicker here is that Rachel is also forced to be separated from her young daughter Becca, and only allowed to see her once a week on Saturdays.

We are quickly made to understand that this alienation was caused by Rachel in the great, “thing that happened”, which unfolds slowly through the story. It crushes Rachel to be banished from
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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Lost Daughter is the story of three very different women who join a support group where they are the only members. They are separated from their children for very real and emotional taxing reasons.

The main storyline concentrates on Rachel. Rachel is separated from her artist husband and they have a teenage daughter. There are insinuations that Rachel had done something so horrid that she is trusted to only sees her daughter on a Saturday Her estranged
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a story of Rachel Moran, nee Steele.
At the very beginning you find out that she has done something majorly wrong, to have become estranged from her painter husband, Mitchell Moran, and their daughter Becca.

She starts afresh with a new job, while on counselling, and meets Leona, a colleague.
Leona introduces her to Viv.
What do these three women have in common? Their children, who are not present in their lives. And that’s what gets these three women together.

Leona had a girl called Bluebel
Fay Flude
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a bit of a tear jerker which didn't actually make me cry but nearly did (and maybe I was being very brave!) It does have a happier ending that it could have been given so maybe the hope, the future and new beginnings are also what stopped this from being too heart-wrenching.
The book follows the lives of 3 very different women, all suffering from being separated from a child. Viv has a middle-aged son in an institution, Leona gave her daughter up for adoption, but not at birth. What on ea
Elaine Moore
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of three women and the children who temporarily are not in their lives. The main character, Rachel, is living away from her family after a huge altercation with her husband. She misses her daughter Becca and her new friend Leona misses the daughter she gave up for adoption. Rachel's other new friend Viv had to put her child into a home after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. All three women feel guilty about the reasons they're apart from their children and offer each other ...more
Pam G
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive a free credit for this book. When I read the title, I assumed (wrongly) that it was going to be a tale of an abducted child, but it was far more than that.
It was about the anguish felt by three women who were separated from their children for different reasons. Their individual stories slowly unravel throughout the book as the women form a bond because of the loss each of them feels.
I enjoyed the book, it was more character than plot driven, but nevertheless I felt
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book with multi-layered and emotional stories. While centered around the trials and tribulations of one family breaking apart, it also nicely weaves together three women who have experienced the loss of their children in differing and devastating ways. Ali Mercer is new to me and I look forward to her next book!
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Tried twice.
Sent back.
Beth Amy
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very emotional & a bit choppy

A woman has a straightforward series of issues in life. They're presented in fragments & flashbacks. I felt like I needed a program to keep track of the protagonist's entire story.
Mind you, the overall story is good. It's not that the material itself males a bad story, once one unravels it.
It points out the terrible issues with socialized medicine, which IMO is beneficial. The protagonist goes to seek help, has trouble even getting an appointment, & is waitlisted fo
My first book by this author. It follows the lives of 3 women, Rachel, Leona and Viv. They are all very different women, but all have one thing in common in that they are all separated from a child. The story begins with Rachel and you can see that Rachel has done something bad which makes her (then) husband Mitchell decide it’s for the best if they separate and that he has custody of their daughter, Becca. Following on, she meets Leona and Viv through a counselling group for mothers who are sep ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I quite enjoyed this book and felt it was a well written story about a woman coming to terms with the consequences of her actions that led her to lose custody of her daughter, and how she was rebuilding her life. As the actions that led to her life-altering event become apparent, I couldn't help but feel that she had been very hard-done by and certainly, in my opinion, hadn't done anything nearly bad enough to justify the consequences. So I ended up really annoyed by what a big deal was being ma ...more
Lel Budge
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookouture
When the publishers say this is heart wrenching, they aren’t kidding……oh my heart..

Told from the different points of view of three women and their differing circumstances, but all three have one thing in common, their children are no longer living with them…..

Rachel, did something awful and as a result, husband Mitchell has custody of their daughter, Becca….What could she have done that was so bad?

Viv, has a son who is in an institution and has been since a child…

Leona, had put her child up for
Angela  Mellor
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lost Daughter I thought was going to be a thriller....don’t know how I came to that but it’s definitely not a thriller.
The book is centred around three women who become friends whilst at their little group meetings, they are at a lost children club and there are only the three of them in it. Rachel is the main character and she is separated from her 13 year old daughter because of her own behaviour but as we find out further along the book, it’s not all as it seems. The women become good friends
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn’t the type of book I would usually read but I really enjoyed it. When I ordered this I was expecting a thriller, but it turned out to be a much more emotional read.

Lost Daughter tells the story of three mothers, who, for various reasons, no longer live with their children. Leona gave up her daughter for adoption, Viv’s son has been in an institution for forty years, and Rachel moved out of the family home after an ‘incident’ with her husband.

The story focuses on Rachel, with some chapte
Melissa Suslowicz Bartz
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what the feel good book of the year! It definitely had all my emotions going. I needed a Kleenex for this one.

This book is about three women mourning the loss of their children. They lose their children not in death but in other ways. Between divorce, sickness and mistakes they all have to come to terms with their loss and keep moving forward and fix what they have lost.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It was one hell of a rollercoaster ride for my emotions. I really felt a
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lost Daughter: An Utterly heartbreaking and unforgettable page-turner is by Ali Mercer. This book is one which compels you to keep reading until you are finished. Mercer draws the reader into the story until she decides to let them go. It is a book that will not easily be forgotten, especially by readers who have lost a parent or a child.
Rachel has lost her mother, her home, her job, her marriage, and her daughter and she has no idea what happened. Her life suddenly came crashing down before sh
Joanne Cartwright
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is heartbreaking, detailing the loss of a relationship between mother and child following the Mothers depression and mental health issues at the death of her own mother.
From the beginning I didn't like Mitch- he came across as untrustworthy, a bit Teflon coated and really not very supportive of his wife.
As the story unfolds we see Rachel working so hard to regain Becca's trust and love, to be a part of her life, albeit as a "Saturday mum". She also makes two new friends, women who are
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Ali decided she wanted to be a writer early on and wrote her first novel when she was at primary school. She did an English degree and spent her early twenties working in various jobs in journalism, including as a reporter for the showbusiness newspaper The Stage. She started writing fiction in earnest after getting married, moving out of London to the Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon and start ...more

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