A man must save the life of a little girl who may be his own flesh and blood in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of Kill All Your Darlings.
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing—and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.
Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl’s safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth....
Michael Frazier, the hero of this riveting thriller from Bell (Bring Her Home), has a nearly ideal life in his hometown of Cottonsville, Ky., until the evening his frantic ex-wife, Erica, appears at his door and pleads for his help in finding her missing 10-year-old daughter, Felicity, who she claims is also Michael's daughter. Uncertain whether she's his child but hopeful she might be, Michael follows Erica into the night in the hope of saving Felicity. Also searching for Felicity are Jake Little, Erica's former lover and possibly Felicity's father, who's not afraid to engage in kidnapping and assault to achieve his ends, and Davenport County police detectives Erin Giffin and Jim Twitchell, who are desperately trying to sort out the false leads from the real clues to the girl's disappearance. Michael's long night will challenge his understanding of the past and the people he thought he knew. Bell turns an ordinary life into a tense roller-coaster ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. Author tour.
Somebody’s Daughter is a well-written crime thriller, crafted with an intriguing plot, realistic dialogue, and interesting characters.
Nine-year-old, Felicity, has gone missing. Police are gathering evidence, following leads, and interviewing people who might have come in contact with the girl. Unfortunately, the longer that she is missing the graver her case becomes.
Michael and Angela Frazier are a happily married couple. The only wrinkle in their marriage has been their inability to have children. Although it’s not physically impossible for them, it hasn’t happened yet, and the years are beginning to add up. Michael has always had a soft spot for children. He lost his sister when she was very young, and unfortunately, he has never fully healed from it. He blames himself for her death.
Michael is flabbergasted when he opened the door to find Erica, his ex-wife, standing there; panic-stricken. She is barely holding it together. Her daughter has gone missing, and she wants Michael to help find her. When he tries, to convince, Erica, to allow the police to do their job, she informs him that Felicity is his daughter.
Michael feels as if he’s been punched. The hole in his heart from his sister’s death is still raw. Michael can’t allow another child to die if he can help it. And, what if Felicity truly is his child? How would he ever live with himself? So he exits the house with Erica, leaving behind his wife, Angela, confused and alone.
Somebody’s Daughter is a light whodunit mystery. It's a story that will keep you intrigued, captivated and engrossed until the very end. There are no gruesome, or chilling scenes, in this novel. Although this is the first book that I have read by David Bell, it won’t be my last.
Thank you, Berkley and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.