Daddy Darkest was my first book by Ellery (Author). I hadn’t actually seen any of her previous work, so I went into this with a clean slate and no precognitions or expectations. I do love a good thriller but I’m not a huge fan of police/FBI crime books, so hoped this one would work out for me, luckily it did.
This book is a huge, ‘Who can you trust?’ story. I was captivated from the get go and liked Sam as a character. But admit, the chapters in the past of Clare are what I really enjoyed. I felt at times Sam could be a little weak, too naive although thinking of her as 18 and only just about to head to college that made sense. I feel though of the two characters I probably bonded more with Clare. Clare was the one with the interesting story, the past that was both shocking and dark. I wanted to know what had happened to her, why it had happened and what was going to happen. See there is a lot happening just from that sentence. There isn’t a strong romantic theme either which I found refreshing. I did wonder how Ginny and Sam were even friends at times although Ginny isn’t a huge featured character in the book. I don’t want to talk about the other characters mentioned in the synopsis. I feel any information I could give on my thoughts on them could be conceived as spoilers (I do not post spoilers).
Daddy Darkest is fast paced flitting between the past with Clare and the present with Sam. As the story enfolds there is some confusion but in the end all is made clear. I did love those final pages of the story with the flower, that made me smile. After everything I kind of want to know what happened next. This isn’t a who done it style book, but I can say the characters I thought were good/bad were correct. It was the line the story took that I didn’t get right.
If you like a good thriller without a heavy police/fbi investigation I feel this book is one you should look out for. I thoroughly enjoyed Daddy Darkest and read this almost in one sitting (I was at 89% but it was gone midnight and even I need sleep). It totally reeled me in and kept my focus for the whole book. I give Daddy Darkest 4 stars and look forward to reading The Hanging Tree next. I did have one niggle with this book which I don’t want to say as it could come across as a spoiler, I am going to look at other reviews to see if its mentioned. If you do want to know what it is, please drop me a message as I am not leaving it here for others to see which made spoil their reading pleasure.