Drew Lowery is living the American Dream. He has the perfect family, a stable job, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of central New Jersey. Things can't get much better. But what seems like the ideal life is suddenly upended when he receives a blank envelope in the mail.
Inside lies a picture of his daughter, a photograph of her violent murder. Only it can't be her. He just tucked her in and kissed her goodnight ten minutes ago. But the mysterious Polaroid is only the beginning.
There's the van following his daughter to school. The man she sees outside her window late at night. The fact someone entered her room while the Lowerys slept peacefully.
Local authorities are clueless. No leads, no clues, and ultimately--no answers. Drew launches his own investigation, falling into a hole of lies and deceit, a truth he never saw coming. Dead Daughters is the new twisted thriller from Tim Meyer, author of The Switch House and Kill Hill Carnage.
Tim Meyer dwells in a dark cave near the Jersey Shore. He's an author, husband, father, podcast host, blogger, coffee connoisseur, beer enthusiast, and explorer of worlds. He writes horror, mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, although he prefers to blur genres and let the story fall where it may.
I absolutely love a good psychological thriller/mystery ESPECIALLY when a horror author takes a stab at it. I feel like authors who turn out quality horror (Like Meyer) easily step over into thriller territory; giving their audience that yummy high of a fast-paced murder mystery laced with horror nuances. When a horror writer is behind the wheel, the stakes are higher, the violence is cinematic, and the subject matter is pitch-black. DEAD DAUGHTERS is a dark, twisty-turny little ride meant to keep the reader's nose buried in its pages until Tim Meyer lets you go. This book published by Poltergeist Press is formatted as the perfect, mass-market sized binge-read; over 300 pages clocked in a matter of hours.
I don't need to tell you anything about the story. But if you're reading this review, I can make you hungry for it. So this couple has a daughter, Dinah. They love her. One day, they get a shocking piece of unmarked mail--enclosed is a photograph that completely upends their normal life. The rest of the book is just one remarkable discovery after the other. Every chapter leaves the reader in the lurch-- wanting more. More, more, more. Some of the revelations do require the reader to suspend disbelief--but I feel like Tim Meyer made the unbelievable quite probable in the case of DEAD DAUGHTERS. The concept is wildly imaginative and I had fun going where Meyer was leading me. I'm sure some readers who rely on keeping their feet squarely planted on the ground might have a hard time with some of the psychology here, but horror fans are used to buying in. I feel like certain aspects could have benefitted from a little more time in the oven, but overall, I had a great time investing in this story and seeing it through to the epic conclusion. Love Tim Meyer's work! Buy it all.
Thriller and Mystery books aren’t typically my cup of tea. I usually enjoy them well enough, but the horror fanatic in me can’t help but think “Not bad, needed more flesh-eating monsters”. When Tim Meyer, writer of dark supernatural books like ‘Switch House’ and 80s style gorefest ‘Kill Hill Carnage’ releases a Thriller, then I sit up and take note.
Drew is a recovering drug addict who has turned his life around. Now living happily with his wife Eve and seven-year-old daughter, Dina, his life is perfect. He has a loving family, a beautiful home and the perfect job. His peaceful existence is shattered when he finds a photograph in his mailbox. The picture appears to be of his daughter, only that can’t be the case, as the picture shows her brutally murdered corpse. How can this be, when his daughter is alive and well?
This disturbing photo sets out a chain of events that will set Drew off on an investigation of his own into this mysterious photo. Who is the shadow man who Dinah is dreaming about, sharp-fanged and cloaked in black? Who is the driver of the mysterious white van who seems to be following him everywhere he goes? Can he find the answer to these questions in time to save his family from whatever despicable evil has targeted them?
As any good thriller should, ‘Dead Daughters’ presents an intriguing and seemingly impossible mystery, and slowly pulls back the curtain on the big reveal that is satisfying and feels right. There are a few questions that ultimately get left unanswered and some potentially interesting setups that get lost in the shuffle but, overall, the ending feels both surprising and well-earned. While it may get a little too outlandish for some tastes, I enjoyed the direction the book went in and felt there were enough clues and teasers along the way that it didn’t feel too jarring or out of place to go to some unexpected places that other, similar books of the genre may not have.
The books biggest strength is its character work. As good as the premise is, Thriller books can live or die based on how we connect with its leads. After all, if we don’t care about the character, it’s hard to care what happens to them next, and the mystery falls apart. Drew was a fascinating, richly developed character. He is presented as flawed, but good-hearted, a loving husband and father, but with a dark past that impacts his decisions in the present. His relationship with his wife is a particular highlight, as their rapport feels very genuine and natural. The anxiety these characters feel and the overwhelming sense of dread that builds as things progress feels palpable and real and keeps the pace of the story suitably frantic.
Tense, surprising and utterly unputdownable. The premise convinced me to pick this book up, but it was the characters that kept me reading. Some readers may be put off by some of the more unusual directions the book takes in the second half, but if you pick up the book with an open mind, you’ll be rewarded with a suspenseful and gripping thrill ride that will keep you engrossed until the final page
Dead Daughters blew my motherfucking mind! It’s twisted and horrifying, and I couldn’t wait to turn the next page. You can feel Meyer laughing at your shock.
Dead Daughters is a story to remind me to be grateful for the boring, mundane, and uneventful life I lead. It’s definitely not something that you want your life to resemble – uncertainty, unimaginable stress, and a worry that your daughter will be taken and end up dead.
The story examines the dynamics of relationships through a microscope. A Couple. A cherished daughter. A photograph that depicts the death of your child. Friends. Strangers. The premise of the story had me immediately hooked. You round up your birthday celebrations and discover a photo has been left in your mailbox by a stranger. An old polaroid of a dead little girl in what appears to be a basement and it looks remarkably like your daughter, in the very same yellow dress that she owns. However, it can’t be her, can it? She is sleeping upstairs and very much alive.
Drew Lowery and his wife, Eve have it all. Great jobs, a home in a safe neighbourhood, and the love of his beautiful daughter, Dinah. Of course, that all changes when he discovers the photo that will change the entire dynamics of his life. They report the incident to the police and things become more convoluted and twisty. More messages are left for Drew, and it becomes apparent that this person is hunting his family.
Life never follows a strict set of plans the universe has different ideas and will let it be known when you least expect it. No matter how much you build scaffolding around your perfectly constructed life something will come along and rock the foundations. Drew made me question why he couldn’t see things that appeared in front of his face. A novel that makes me shout at the characters always tends to be my favourite type of read – it evokes the emotion whether you want it to or not.
Dead Daughters is a staircase – keep walking up those stairs, with each step more is added to the story, tension, a creeping sense of dread, and each precarious step left me questioning whether I was the insane one. Misdirection here, a lie there, a signpost pointing the way in which we should walk but unbeknownst to us readers, the author turned the signpost turning in the wrong direction.
Tim Meyer made it incredibly easy to feel the pressure and the unease of a situation that would break most of us. I found myself frozen by the seeds of mistrust that are scattered throughout the story.
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Big thanks always to Poltergeist Press for sending me their awesome ebooks. Anna and Matt are delivering some fantastic reads for us fans and the quality of authors and stories is truly stunning.
When I saw that they’d signed on to release Tim Meyer’s ‘Dead Daughters’ you can bet I was excited.
Meyer’s is an amazing author and one who sometimes seems to fall under the radar for some readers. I’m hoping this one will continue his ascension as one of the leading voices in exciting dark fiction.
What I liked: ‘Dead Daughters’ is psychological horror done masterfully. From page one, Meyer’s had me riveted, wondering just what the heck was going on and as things begin to unravel, he does a fantastic job of having our main character spiral out of control – not sure who to trust and what to believe. We are introduced to Drew on his birthday. At the end of the party, he decides to check the mail and within finds a Polaroid photo of his and his wife Eve’s daughter. It depicts her dead and with this discover, all bets are off. They rush to her room to find her alive and well and from here Meyer builds a story filled with plenty of moments that left me stunned.
I loved how much the tension is ramped up in this book. Meyer’s has a cast of characters that come and go and every one of them worked to add to the story.
What I didn’t like: Honestly – I hated the truth behind what was going on. I really can’t say exactly what it was (spoiler-free, yeah!?) but when it was revealed and a bunch of pieces of the puzzle fell into place, I just loathed what it was. Saying that, it works incredibly well for the story and it never once made me consider DNFing.
On a minor scale – I was not a fan at all of the detective that is featured. The character was hard to figure out and some of his actions seemed off. Again, it allowed the story to flow and carry on, and some readers may very well love this guy, but for me, I found some of his moments truly frustrating.
Why you should buy it: A) Tim Meyer. B) Poltergeist Press. C) the story within is stellar writing and dare I say it – it shows Meyer once again rising and showing just how much he brings to the horror world and dark fiction world. This was had some truly heart wrenching moments. I couldn’t get enough of this book and once again Meyer has hit a home run.
DEAD DAUGHTERS, by Tim Meyer, is a spellbinding novel that you won't want to put down until the final page. This blends psychological horror, thriller, and police procedural elements to form one tale that I found completely mesmerizing.
". . . We all want to live, don't we?"
Drew Lowery has the perfect life now. Once he was an addict, but through the love and friendship of his--now wife--Eve, his entire outlook and lifestyle couldn't be any better. The best result, their seven-year-old daughter, Dinah.
When he receives an unmarked envelope with a Polaroid of their daughter--dead--the story begins in earnest. The fact that their daughter is safe in her bed, doesn't begin to alleviate the horror of the situation.
". . . It was a good neighborhood with good people, but you know how it is: even good people talk."
The police quickly become involved, and the unexpected twists, turns, and revelations of this novel will have your head spinning. Is there any worse feeling than knowing your family is in trouble, and you're helpless to figure out how to stop it?
". . . There's a hunter out there . . . and children are his game of choice . . . "
The characters--including the police detective--were fleshed out completely, and easy to believe in the roles they played. The revelations and possibilities in this novel were things I'd never expected . . . but then, I was so involved in the read that I didn't "pause" to think ahead, as I usually do. For myself, this is a great testament to the author's ability to write an all-encompassing tale that I could completely emerge myself in.
"But . . . There it was. That soul-crushing word that rendered the first part of her sentence a basic lie."
This novel hit on so many levels. Emotionally, a parent's worse nightmare; psychologically, it had me suspecting and re-evaluating each tidbit of new information.
". . . I don't believe in ghosts . . . but goddamn if I don't feel haunted."
Overall, this is a novel that I wanted to read in one sitting. I didn't want to leave until I knew exactly what happened, and why. Tim Meyer is an author that has been coming out with some dynamic stories lately, and they keep getting better! If you haven't read him yet, I highly recommend checking his work out.
This is only my second venture into the creative mind of Tim Meyer but he is now officially on my very short list of must read authors. This book came to me on a day when I was in the middle of reading something else. I meant only to take a quick peek at it out of curiosity but was drawn like a high powered magnet into the depth of character building and the blood chilling plot. The author conjures such a sense of dread and anxiety in the reader over what may happen to Drew Lowrey's daughter that I actually had to ask him if he had children because I felt so strongly that only a parent could know this fear. (I was right by the way, he is a dad.)
I am not going to get into the story line too much but I have to tell you that no author in the history of.....ever has been talented enough to give me goose bumps from something as simple as a to do list until now.
Tim Meyer’s work has been on my radar for some time now!
So happy I was finally able to dive into his work. Let me say the hype is REAL!
Tim’s writing is gripping. He knows just how to tell a story and not a ….here, take a seat, let me tell you a story kind of story. More the, here I am going to tell you a story, you will be transported into the pages and feel as if these characters are real and you are living among them type story… If that makes any sense?
I completely devoured this read, the plot, the pacing, the characters were all phenomenal and not to mention the twists. The end of this read was not what I was predicting at all, it was such a different, original ending. Something I don’t think I could have even begun to expect.
Dead Daughters was terrifying yet extremely intriguing.
This is truly a parent’s worst nightmare! And Drew Lowery isn’t having it!
A parent already has extremely passion and determination when it comes to their children, threaten them and you don’t know what lengths they will go to in order to protect them.
I can’t thank Silver Shamrock Publishing enough for sending me a copy to read and review! I am very much so looking forward to more of Tim’s story telling!
And thank you all for reading Your Complex Book Worm -Nichi
One night, Drew and Eve Lowery receive a polaroid of their daughter, tied up and murdered. The only problem is, their daughter is upstairs in bed. The back cover synopsis (you can click down below for it) gives a little more detail, but honestly this is all you need. From the beginning I got the vibe I got from Stephen King’s The Outsider in its’ first half, my favorite part. The vibe where the reader is thrown into a situation that can’t possibly exist and has to try and make heads or tails of it. There are a lot of sub-genres that could be assigned here. Psychological thriller would fit well. Slasher could be loosely applied. Perhaps even science fiction if you dig deep enough, but I prefer to think of this as a mystery. What drew me in and held me was trying to guess where the story was going and what was going to be revealed next. Sometimes I would be close, but Tim Meyer always had a bit more to throw at me, consistently keeping me guessing and surprising me. This may just be my experience, but I felt like a lot of the success of the book hinged on the first person narration. Drew is likable and we want to base our assumptions on his observations and experiences, but Meyer plants just the littlest seeds of doubt as to whether or not we can fully trust him. It adds another layer to taking the ride with the character because the reader is not just making assumptions based on things that are clearly presented to us. There are some elements to this character that were left ambiguous, or at least not fully filled in, and I would have liked a bit more, but as a fan of ‘draw-your-own conclusion’ style character development, I suppose I can’t complain too much. While I would say suspense is the biggest selling point that Dead Daughters carries, there is enough violence and mayhem, especially in the third act to satiate the most rabid horror fans. Tim Meyer clearly made it a point with this novel to craft a story that would leave the reader guessing, and never quite comfortable that what they are seeing would be what they’ll get. Dead Daughters is out on April 16th from Poltergeist Press.
I was given an e-book copy by the publisher for review consideration.
Dead Daughters by Tim Meyer (Release date: April 16th) .
I would say this is something of a true crime fiction / psychological thriller. This is the type of true crime fiction I look for. I have found that I don’t like the POV of police or detectives. The story gets too caught up in police procedure and takes away from the excitement and entertainment for me. It’s just not something I like to read and I get kinda bored. I love reading through the mind’s eye of the victim or the killer. It seems so much more thrilling to me.
Drew Lowery, a recovering drug addict, is living the dream with his wife and daughter. He comes home to a surprise birthday party his wife set up for him. Once the party is over everyone leaves and puts his daughter to bed , Drew decides to grab the mail which is filled with birthday cards and a plain white card. He disregards the plain white envelope because he is swept up in all the gifts and cards. He’s not use to getting all these gifts because when he was a kid he was just happy to have food on the table. When he finally opens to the plain white envelope, he finds a Polaroid of his daughter dead and violently murdered.
This story amazed me with how well it was constructed to make you think. I had multiple suspects and theories which kept changing through out this book. I kept trying to guess what would happened and be hit with another twist. Tim has multiple well placed lines that made my blood run cold. I was scared but of who? Everyone was a suspect.
I would say if your like me and love the POV of the victim in a true crime fiction / thriller .. this is definitely a book you should preorder!
Thank you @poltergeistpress and @timmmeyer11 for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! .
Drew is a former drug addict that has turned his life around. Now he has a wife of 10 years and a young daughter(Dinah), the perfect life. Until he gets a Polaroid picture sent to his house of his daughter dead and bloodied and chained to a basement wall. But his daughter is fine, home and alive. Then they find out about her nightmares and the Shadow Man that visits at night and has threatened to kill her. Tim Meyer engages you very quickly, especially if you are a parent. Tense, nerve wracking, you know the fear and uncertainty that Drew and his family are submerged in. The spiral downward continues until the very end. Very compelling
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR...especially if he shares his beer.
While some of you regard eating oysters about as enjoyable as sucking on cold victim's hanky, I like 'em and this story is like finding a 1/2 inch pearl in that last oyster - hopefully before you slurp it down. (Sorry - I'm sure there are some disgusted looks out there right now. Probably a bad analogy.) Tim Meyer has really put the "Psycho" into the Psychological Thriller category. This is quite the page turner.
Character development was good. I took a shine to Dale straight away. The perfect neighbour who chucks an ice-cold beer your way when you need one. The Greenlees? Well they're just plain scary. I wished Lowery wasn't so lily-livered. Detective Jon Harper was the only let-down really. His behavior was just too unrealistic. The plot was predictable, but still worked, except for one major thing - Etheridge. I didn't like how he was dealt with. Read it and let me know what you think.
WOW! Dead Daughters is the latest Tim Meyer book I read and it was another homerun for me! In this book we get a blend of psychological horror and thriller and I thought I had a few things figured out here and there, but I was wrong every time. I read this one in two sittings because I just could not put it down... and the ending left me happy and simultaneously ready for more with that final sentence. "Aha!" I exclaimed when I read those last words.
Truly unputdownable, Dead Daughters explores a lot of different topics and fears. The characters are very well fleshed out and the format of the story keeps the book flowing. We get little "letters" interspersed between chapters that make you scratch your head until the veil is lifted.
I haven't read a book this fast in a long time, it was refreshing to read something this engaging. Tim Meyer has crafted a tight page turning thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. To say much more will give away it's secrets.
Drew Lowery and his wife Eve are living the perfect middle class dream, it's Drews birthday and everything was perfect...until after the party is over and Drews gets his mail and finds a picture of his daughter dead and lying in a pool of blood even though she's asleep in her room. What follows is a nightmarish spiral of a family in peril.
Dead Daughters is unlike any of Tim Meyer’s books that I have read before insofar as content goes. This is very much dark fiction, thriller-based work focusing on psychological horrors. If you are familiar with Tim at all, you will understand that despite this prior knowledge, I was still waiting for something cosmic or satanic to appear.
You can read Janine's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.
Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Dead Daughters in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.
Dead Daughters is a tension-fraught, white-knuckle thriller that’ll keep you guessing all the way to the end. It has been a while since I binge-read a book in less than 24 hours, but Meyer’s newest sunk its teeth into me early and often, only allowing me a few hours sleep and continued second glances at the people around me. This is the best of CJ Tudor and Kealan Patrick Burke, wrapped up in a nice, bloodstained bow.
This is my 2nd novel by the author, the first being Limbs: A Love Story, and I can officially say that I am a huge fan now. Meyer’s prose is easy to follow along like strings in a web, and allows you as the reader to fall right into the story without pause. That is the secondary reason as to why I was able to read it so quickly; the author doesn’t bog you down by attempting to be edgy with over the top imagery or finding synonyms that you find yourself looking up in the dictionary. It is an easy read with a perfect hook; a sharp, rusty, slight serrated hook. Wait, that might actually be crusted blood and not rust. WAIT… no. No. NO. DON’T DO IT.
I did find myself caring about Drew and his family, even though I am not at the point in my life where I 100% know how it feels to want to keep your child safe from EVERYTHING. Trust me, I can imagine, but I won’t know until this Summer when my daughter is born. The author introduces them as a family you could find yourself in or surrounded by, one that seems so… normal and stable. But ultimately, Drew stood out the most. He reminds me of Gabe in CJ Tudor’s The Other People (I only choose this one because it is the most recent thriller I’ve read), though more in the throes of happening in the present rather than the past.
It is really difficult to hit the high points of the novel without spoiling anything, so I’ll just say that you won’t see the twist coming. Or is it twists? Guess you’ll have to find out…
All in all, if you are looking for a new thriller to read or another author to add to your ever-growing reading stack, check out Dead Daughters. I can already say this will be one of my favorite thrillers of the year, up there with The Other People. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
Like a treacherous mountain road, Dead Daughters is full of twists and turns that will have you holding your breath, blind to what’s lurking around the next corner.
As events begin to unfold, the main characters fear and uncertainty cause his sanity to start to crumble, colliding into an avalanche of terror he’s not sure he can make it out of
Drew Lowerys life couldn’t be more perfect until one day he goes to the mailbox and finds a Polaroid of his dead daughter. Except....she’s not really dead.
Is this picture a threat? Has someone, or something been in the house? When another picture turns up and and a strange man is seen outside of Drew’s daughters school, Drew takes matters into his owns hands when the local authorities prove to be less than helpful. What he ends up finding is a trail of secrets and lies, and he won’t stop until he can put the pieces of the puzzle together and uncover the truth.
This was my second time around reading something by Tim, and I am so grateful to Poltergeist Press for sending me an ARC ! I mean, I didn’t even have to beg for it! 😄. Which I’m not above doing by the way 🤣.
I really enjoyed this one and found myself awe struck a few times. There was one unanswered question that Tim left hanging.... which is still driving me crazy just thinking about it! Sigh. 😞 I’ll never know, will I Tim ? 🙄😂.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 from me! Keep your eyes open for this one coming out in April! 🤩
Masterful plotting, breakneck pacing and well drawn characters we can empathize with. Meyer demonstrates how thrillers should be written. One of the most satisfying I've read in the genre, and I've been recommending it ever since.
I really enjoyed this outing, I had no idea it was told in first person, and I’ve not read something that long before in that form - it worked well but I grew a little tired near the end as I wanted some prose magic, scene setting that type of stuff I was missing it towards the end - but that’s me just being picky!
The concept is great, and I loved the way it turned into some whole other beast about two thirds into the book when the reveal comes.
The story is great and Meyer shows his love of the dark stuff and when it gets dark it gets real dark - the descriptions of blood and guts and all that are powerful and being told in first person you get all the feels!
Solid story - now I need to decide which story of his I’ll read next.
First of all, I've got to say, Tim Meyer, always comes up with really good original concepts. Like THE SWITCH HOUSE and 69, he takes you places you never expect, never see coming. It's the same again here. DEAD DAUGHTERS is definitely a page turner worthy of your time. I imagine it probably caused a fair few headaches to write as well. There's a hell of a lot going on. When I think about what he was trying to achieve here, there's no doubt he's done a pretty good job working it all out. Fair enough, you have to suspend your disbelief a couple of times. You know, don't question things too much, just run with it. And if you can do that, then you are definitely in for a good time.
I have a feeling this will score four and five stars across the board. And deservedly so. For me, I'm giving this one a solid four stars.
I could not put this book down! Awesome storytelling with great chapter endings that made you have to keep going. Amazingly compellingly where I screamed “WHAT??” several times. Tim Meyer is my new obsession!
Sometime ago on social media, one of my favorite publishers made an announcement with an author who I’ve enjoyed reading, but I’m ashamed to say, still have much of his work on my back catalog. That author is Tim Meyer, and Dead Daughters is masterwork that this publisher and author duo have released upon us.
Drew Lowery is living the proverbial American Dream, that is, until one day his life is turned upside down and he’s living every parents nightmare. To make matters worse, the cops can’t figure out what’s going on and Drew must take matters into his own hands before it’s too late.
I’m being vague for a reason here, I didn’t even want to reiterate what’s on the back cover of this. I don’t want to potentially spoil a single thing.
What I do feel confident in telling you is that of the works I’ve read from Meyer, this is not only my favorite, but it’s also the best written. Everything flows perfectly. The story moves buttery-smooth, the characters are well developed and the first person narrative keeps you absolutely engaged in the book. I blew through the last 150 pages of this book and when I finished reading it all I could think of is how could I possibly pick up another book after that.
When the book came to its white-knuckled conclusion, I was absolutely satisfied. There were a few times I thought that Tim had shown his hand too early and I knew what was going on, turns out I’m an idiot and was completely wrong. Or maybe I’m not an idiot, Tim’s just a genius. Regardless of the state of my mental faculties, YOU’RE the dummy if you pass this one up.
I was introduced to Tim's work from my Night Worms monthly book box. First, it started with Wormwood(co written with Chad Lutzke), then I moved onto Paradise Club, and now I've finished Dead Daughters. Tim has rapidly become my absolute favorite current author. I've ordered his entire list and added them to my TBR!! I simply cannot wait for Malignant Summer.
Dead Daughters was woefully creepy, and kept me on the edge of my seat at every single, itty bitty twist and turn. This book tells the tale of Drew Lowery, a family man who loves his wife and daughter dearly, as they are responsible for essentially saving his life. Things go awry quickly when we learn some of his family's deep and disturbed past. At it's frightening core, though, this book is about family. It's about the love between a father and daughter, and the love between a husband and wife. Tim is relentless in his character work and relationship building.
Timmy gets as many stars as possible, again. I cannot recommend Dead Daughters, enough. Go read it now!!
My personal favorite of Tim Meyer's work to date, this is a chilling novel about a loving, everyday family drawn further and further into a web of horror when strange, hideous photographs begin to show up. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just add the characters are well fleshed out and believable. I cared about this family, which makes it all the more tense as circumstances grow increasingly grim. I've read a lot of books so far in 2020, some of which have been a master class in storytelling. Of them all, Dead Daughters is the one I enjoyed the most. So far, this is a lock for my favorite novel this year. Tim Meyer just gets better and better.
After 69 made my Top 10 of 2019, I was ecstatic for an ARC of Meyer’s latest work, Dead Daughters. And although I didn’t love it as much as I did 69, I still find this one to be a worthy recommendation.
Our lead, Drew, is an ex-addict-turned-fitness-instructor, thanks to his supportive and amazing wife. Together, they have an adorable, little girl who has just had herself a birthday. All is great, it seems. But alas, there is so much unwinding around them. After receiving some unwanted mail – a photograph of a dead child that looks hauntingly similar to their own daughter – Drew’s world is turned into a nightmare of “who are you” and “what are you doing here” kind of scenarios.
The ride is sufficiently suspenseful and thrilling throughout, but I think the first half or so of Dead Daughters held me better than the rest; the reason being I figured out the twist pretty early on and – despite my desire to be proven wrong, that there was more to it than I was guessing – the twist came about as I expected, with little deviation. Now, don’t get me wrong – I liked the twist, for the most part. I just felt like there should have been more, something else to push me over the edge (like another layer). Even the final page was something I’d seen coming, so I did feel a little disappointment in the end.
Despite a weak third act (by comparison, I mean), Dead Daughters struck a nerve with me more than once. Being a father of my own little girl, I couldn’t help but feel my own intense fear during sequences of this book. Meyer is a great writer with a fun imagination, and Dead Daughters proves that once again. Even if this one eventually spirals into B-horror-movie territory (in my opinion), the majority of it is scary and all-too-realistic at times. Even the twist is almost plausible in some ways (though, still very sci-fi). However the finale hits you, chances are you will still walk away from this one highly satisfied. And seeing as Meyer has left it open for a sequel (or prequel), we might be lucky enough to get more of Drew in the future. Fingers crossed!
Highlights: Nightmarish for parents … an ending that could suggest a prequel or sequel to follow … strong dramatic flare throughout
Shadows: The twist could have used another layer of reveal … the ending was expected … the finale felt a little more wild than what was expected of the story
FFO: Thrillers and suspense … twists and turns that get horrific
Takeaway:Dead Daughters is a gripping novel of suspense with an ending that is almost as crazed as some of its cast members.
Would I read this author again? Yes
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