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The Liar’s Daughter

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  76 reviews
No one deserves to be taken before their time. Do they?

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon.

But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe –
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Avon
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Irena BookDustMagic
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really good book that talks about important topic called pedophilia. It could be triggering to some readers.

The only downside to the story is it's predictability.

Full review to come in January.
Mandy White
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of Claire Allen’s psychological thrillers have been absolute page turners, keeping me up way into the early hours to finish... The Liar’s Daughter was no different. This is dark and twisty look at a family with secrets and motives. I read this in 2 sittings and could not get enough. Although it deals with some tough subjects and is not always easy to read you will want to keep reading.

Joe McKee is dead. The pillar of his community. But his daughter Ciara and stepdaughter Heidi know
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A very powerful, emotive and evocative read

Joe is dying of cancer and wants his family to be around him for his final few weeks
His daughter Ciara and step daughter Heidi feel differently, they will be there BUT don’t want to be, how can they when Joe ruined their lives and relationship?

Joe feels settled that he has them there but he goes to meet his maker even quicker than expected, well he was dying after-all, it was to be expected, wasn’t it?

What follows is a ‘whodunit’ with recriminations,
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joe McKee is dead. But grief is the last thing his two daughters feel. Only they know - Joe is not a good man, as everyone seems to believe. And now there’s doubt that he might’ve been murdered...and Heidi and Ciara have the perfect motive for killing him.

Claire Allan is an expert at evoking emotions in readers. That is what made this book stand out. I’m not sure whether I’m now obsessed with or afraid of Claire’s storytelling as I stayed up late at night finishing this book in one sitting
Amanda Evans
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read all the crime thrillers released by this author so far and have thoroughly enjoyed them. With each new book, I say it is the best, but honestly, The Liar's Daughter has now taken its place at the top of the list. It's a masterpiece that I will be recommending to everyone.

The Liar's Daughter is a dark read that had me feeling so many different emotions from start to finish. Anger, disgust, terror, pity, and all the uncomfortable emotions that come with reading dark fiction. It also
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooh, this was a dark, dark story. I have read one other book by Claire Allan, and this one was so much more different! Whilst I found the story a bit slow to get started, Allan creates an intense atmosphere that builds and builds throughout this “who dunnit?” narrative.

The subject matter is very dark and disturbing. The book I picked up after this was decidedly lighter to help brighten my mood! With themes of paedophilia, rape and child abuse, this is a book that you need to be in the right
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: January 6th 2020

"There's a time in a person's life, if they are truly, truly wicked, when they move beyond the point of redemption."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my last book of 2019 and my first book from Claire Allan but, it won’t be my last.
The Liars daughter is a dark psychological thriller about complicated relationships and child abuse. This is a very difficult subject and the author has written in it in a subtle way.
Joe Mckee is upstanding member of the community. But he is dying of Cancer. He is trying to get his family together for the inevitable. But his daughter and Stepdaughter are estranged. They can’t stand being in the same room as
Deanna Walker
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy crap! What the heck has happened???!!!

I couldn’t stop reading until end of the pages! I’m glad that Joe McKee is dead because of what he did to his girls when they were little girls..he was a monster that I agree with them! Can’t believe the girls hold back and not telling anyone or their family expect her aunt Kathleen knew it..

Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy...
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a difficult book to rate, as while I enjoyed parts of it, it didn't really do much for me either.

This is a thriller set in Ireland. Joe, a pillar of the community of the community has died. You follow Hedi, his step daughter and Ciara, his daughter, who definitely aren't feeling sad with their dad's passing. They know the real Joe, who wasn't a good man. However, the police don't think his death was caused by natural causes, making his daughters have a very good motive for killing him,
Teresa Nikolic
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one deserves to be taken before their time. Do they?

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon.

But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.

As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Wow! A really good and emotional read!

"Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death"

"I wanted to scream that I didn't deserve this. But it was like there was a tiny voice, or a chorus of voices, whispering that this is exactly what I did deserve. In fact, I deserved much, much more."

Joe is dying. His body is riddled with cancer. He has been giving 3 to 6 months. Heidi has to look after him but she can barely stand being in the same room as Joe. He is estranged from his daughter
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
What a story!!!! I’ve read a few of this authors books but this has now become my favourite.

Joe McKee is a real nasty character. Behind closed doors is was nothing like what the community thought he was. He’s now dying and wants his family with him. When he dies the police are suspicious.

Not a subject that everyone wants to read about. The author wrote it in such a way it was hard to put the book down.

Brilliantly written dark, psychological read. Can’t wait to read more from this author.
Veronika Jordan
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read Her Name Was Rose I was already a fan of Claire Allan. However, I didn't like this book as much as I hoped I would. Like is a strange word to use as it's the harrowing tale of Joe McKee, a paedophile, who was loved and admired in his community, except by his daughter and step-daughter who both hated him. When he is dying they are asked to come and look after him but neither of them are understandably keen. What makes this book stand out though is the relationship between the two ...more
Diane Merritt
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Over all was a good read. Twisty and family drama included. Wasn't I can't put down but kept me interested enough to see who and why.
Thanks to the publisher and net galley for an early release of this book.
Tracy Wood
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2020, 2020
Heidi Lewis does not like her step father, Joe McKee, in fact she tries her hardest to avoid him whenever she can. Now though he is dying and she just knows it will be down to her to nurse him to his untimely end. Step sister Ciara doesn't want anything to do with him or Heidi but is sure that to ignore everyone at this time would be unacceptable. The tension in Joe's house is reaching breaking point when Heidi's husband Alex goes upstairs to get their daughter after her nap and finds his father ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Joe McKee is sick with cancer and doesn't have much time left. Years ago he left his wife and daughter for another woman with a daughter named Heidi. Heidi's mother died of cancer not long after and Joe raised Heidi, while not maintaining much of a relationship with his biological daughter Ciara. Both daughters don't like him or each other and grudgingly come together with a few other people to put on
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Not my favorite by this author, labeled incorrectly. BUT, I do love the way this author writes and builds her characters. She knows how to tell a story.

This is a family drama. Yes there is the question of who committed the crime, but it really isn’t the meat of this story. It’s a hard story to read, full of abuse. It’s dark and heartbreaking.

This was well written but a tough one for me. I will still look forward to the next one by this author.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Avon Books UK
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved all of Claire Allan's previous books, so I was really excited for this one. I did find "The Liar's Daughter" really disappointing though, and a difficult read - this is not my kind of book at all, and I only finished it because it was an ARC copy I'd offered to read in exchange for an honest review. It's not that it wasn't well-written - Claire Allan is a talented writer, and I love her writing style and character development. It's more that the marketing on this one is ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joe McKee is dying, and he wants his family around him. Estranged daughter Ciara (and her partner Stella), de facto stepdaughter Heidi (and her husband and baby), and Joe’s sister Kathleen all converge on his Derry home, although none of them - except maybe Kathleen - really want to be there. Because Joe McKee, a fine upstanding pillar of the community, was a very different man behind closed doors.

Joe’s death is no great shock, but what is a surprise is the police ruling it suspicious. As the
Helena C
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I absolutely love this author's writing style and her creation of the characters in this book and the storytelling was excellent.

The reader is taken to Derry in Ireland where we meet Joe who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and his two (very different) daughters. They both seem to detest Joe, but why? When Joe dies, was it from natural causes?

A fantastic thriller bursting full of family secrets and lies. An emotional but edge of your seat read! Thank you to NetGalley, Claire Allen and
Caroline Kerdouci
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I found The Liar’s daughter a compelling read, devouring it in just two sittings. Whilst immensely readable, I was disappointed that I didn’t find the actual storyline as gripping as I’d have liked.
This psychological thriller revolves around the death of Joe and his last days being cared for by his step daughter Heidi and his other estranged biological daughter Ciara. There’s no love lost between Joe and his daughters or between the sisters themselves which is evident in the very first pages. It
Sarah Waldron
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love me some Claire Allan and have read a number of her books within the past year. So when this book came up as an ARC I was all over it like Donkey Kong. Thank you to Avon Books UK and Claire Allan for this ARC in return for an honest review.


Relationships are strained within the McKee family. Sisters Heidi and Ciara do not get on for complicated reason, however there is one thing that they have in common; their feelings towards their father Joe. Joe McKee is seen as a pillar in
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joe McKee is dying. As the family start to gather past tensions spring to the surface. His biological daughter, Ciara, detests his step-daughter Heidi as she believes Heidi & her Mother took Joe away from her. Heidi on the other hand detests Ciara for the way she behaved towards her as a child. His sister Kathleen sees him as some kind of saint, whilst his ex-wife Marie (Ciara's Mother) is obviously still in love with him. The community love Joe Mckee, an upstanding pillar of the church, and ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Heidi's stepdad's days are numbered. He's dying of cancer and wants to spend his last months with his estranged family.
But neither Heidi nor Ciara, his biological daughter, are happy to be anywhere near the dying man. They can't wait for him to die.
But when he finally does, much sooner than expected, it soon turns out that it wasn't his illness that killed him...

I have previously read The Apple of My Eye, which I loved, so when I reached for this one, my expectations were set fairly high.
And it
Jane Hunt
There's a claustrophobic vibe to the story from the beginning. It impacts intensifies, as the plot reveals its secrets. The suspense builds steadily to a shattering conclusion, as all the dark secrets are revealed, but will justice prevail?

A dark story of abuse, and unforgivable betrayal of trust. Joe is dying and he wants his family with him, but why are they so reluctant to come? Why does he want them to? Is it to share what time he has left? Or to ensure their continued silence?

Heidi and
Helen Leecy
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m really excited to have been asked to be part of the blog tour for this book. The kindle version will be released on the 23rd January 2020. My blog will be published on the 8th of February 2020 at
I received a copy of the book in advance via NetGalley in return for an honest review as part of my blog.
I have read all of Claire Allan’s previous thrillers, and all have been different in their own way. This is no exception, even though it is quite a gradual progressive story,
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book. This book would probably be closer to 1.5 stars. I hated the characters and could not wait until the end. If I could, I would have suffocated each and everyone of them (not the baby). Even Stella, just because there must be something wrong with her for being Ciara's partner. I guessed who was behind Joe's death, although it really could have been any of his family members because he was truly an evil monster. I still don't understand why Heidi was left with a stranger? ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whoa, quite a different read involving a dead father, a daughter and step-daughter bound together in secrets.

Joe was supposed to be an upstanding citizen. He died. Police marked it unnatural and both the daughter’s seemed shocked. But were they really?

My third book by author Claire Allen, I was quite taken aback at the tough issues she had interweaved in the story. The characters were different and unlikable, especially Joe. He was quite crafty and evil, and only his daughters knew the real ‘him
Angela  Mellor
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Liar’s Daughter was a tense thriller dealing with sensitive subjects well.
Joe McKee is the pillar of the community, god knows how but he is, but unfortunately he has only a few months to live as cancer is killing him. His step daughter, Heidi, has made sure he is looked after calling in everyday to cook, clean and see to his basic needs but it’s getting too much for her and she’s contacted his sister and his daughter to come and help out and say their goodbyes but after only a couple of days
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