The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

Happy February! The last half of January was really a mess, because my boyfriend got a cold, every child in the world had a cold, and that really only lead to one conclusion. I spent a few days in bed and I didn’t even want to read, that’s how tired and miserable I was. But I bounced back {eventually} and now I’m here today with The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt, a book that’s been stewing in my head for awhile now.

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Title: The Good Daughter

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Summary:

What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…

As a child, Dahlia and her mother Memphis were on the road more often than they were in a room. Like a hurricane, Memphis would sweep her tiny daughter out of whatever hotel room they were living in at the time and on to a new locale, even if that meant moving in the middle of the night. Now an adult, Dahlia goes home to get her own life in order, and she ends up running over – quite literally – an almost dead girl.

And then the questions for Memphis start.

Really, this book starts with Dahlia finding the comatose girl in the woods, but that mystery is only the catalyst to the bigger mystery: who is Memphis and why had they been running for more than a decade? It also adds a bit of thriller to the mystery, and allows Dahlia to get closer to her childhood friend Bobby, a policeman in town and the only real friend she has. Honestly, I kind of forgot about Jane Doe for awhile until Dahlia would bring her up again and I was like, oh, right. That chick. She felt like a weird sideshow that no one pays for, but is still advertised. I understood her importance in the story, but Memphis and Dahlia took center stage most of the time.

What I truly enjoyed about this book was the fact that we got some of the story before Dahlia, and then the rest of it we got when Memphis told her. It’s told from different perspectives, cycling between Dahlia, Memphis, and Quinn, a young girl who had her own hard life to live through. As the facts begin pouring out of Memphis, the reader begins to piece it all together until you’re sure that you have the right story. Even then, though, you’re constantly doubting yourself.

In one of my book journals, I wrote that I didn’t like a part of the ending, where so-and-so dies {spoilers, sweetie}. It felt really rushed and it wasn’t…satisfying? I don’t think that’s the right word, but I’ll keep it for now. Then I set my Kindle aside and really thought about. Would I have preferred so-and-so to be killed by such-and such {I’m so sorry}? No, because it wouldn’t have made any sense. This way, it made more sense that such-and-such had no hand in so-and-so’s death, because they had loved each other. So it wasn’t disappointing, it was…right. As right as someone’s death can be, I guess.

I’m glad that wasn’t confusing at all!

This is one of those books where you can’t talk much about it or else you’ll give away a major plot point that doesn’t seem like a major plot point, but, oh, boy, it is. Just know that it’s interesting and will keep you guessing until the end. It’s dark and beautiful and bittersweet. There is happiness, but it’s always laced with the sadness that lives in these people’s lives.

It comes out tomorrow, so grab it and then tell me what you think, because I really liked it. 2017 already seems to be a great year for absorbing mysteries, and I think that’s what we all need.

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