Daughter by Kate McLaughlin #bookreview #YA #thriller

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Title: Daughter

Author: Kate McLaughlin

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

Page Count: 334

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

Kate McLaughlin’s Daughter is a thrilling YA novel about trying to right deadly choices that were never yours to begin with.

Scarlet’s life is pretty average. Overly protective mom. Great friends. Cute boy she’s interested in. And a father she’s never known—until she does.

When the FBI show up at Scarlet’s door, she is shocked to learn her father is infamous serial killer Jeffrey Robert Lake. And now, he’s dying and will only give the names and locations of his remaining victims to the one person, the daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a baby.

Scarlet’s mother has tried to protect her from Lake’s horrifying legacy, but there’s no way they can escape the media firestorm that erupts when they come out of hiding. Or the people who blame Scarlet for her father’s choices. When trying to do the right thing puts her life in danger, Scarlet is faced with a choice—go back into hiding or make the world see her as more than a monster’s daughter.

Daughter by Kate McLaughlin is a young adult novel that really needs it’s own genre but I’ll toss this one in as a thriller read. The story though is part coming of age, part romance and then with some psychological elements thrown into the mix all with a serial killer as the cherry on top.

Scarlet has grown up being raised by her single protective mother and at almost eighteen she is a normal teenager worried about that cute boy and hanging with her friends. That is until the day two FBI agents show up at Scarlet’s house asking for her mother.

Scarlet’s mother then gives Scarlet gets the shock of her life, Scarlet’s father is none other than convicted serial killer Jeffrey Robert Lake. When Lake was convicted of fourteen murders Scarlet’s mother ran and changed their names. Now Lake is dying of cancer and wants to meet his daughter with the promise of giving up the names of even more of his victims.

After starting Daughter by Kate McLaughlin I had a horrible time trying to put this one down. The story really picks up pace once diving into the killer side of it and the pages flew by. I couldn’t possibly imagine what it would be like to get the news you’re related to this dark dark man and it was interesting seeing how the family dealt with that fact over the years and how the main character handled the news and the events happening afterwards. After this one I’ll definitely have to return to this author again.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

KATE McLAUGHLIN likes people, so much so that she spends her days making up her own. She likes writing about characters who are bent, but not broken – people who find their internal strength through friends, strife and sometimes humor. When she’s not writing, she likes studying people, both real and fictional. She also likes playing board games with friends, talking and discovering new music. A proud Nova Scotian, she’ll gladly tell you all about the highest tides in the world, the magical creation known as a donair, and people who have sofas in their kitchens. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and four cats.

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