Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Daughter

by David Bell

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ISBN-13: 9780399586057
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 56,151
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Bell is a bestselling and award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His novels include Bring Her HomeSince She Went Away, Somebody I Used to Know, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.

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Somebody’s Daughter
David Bell
Questions for Discussion

1.Michael has had no contact with his ex-wife, Erica, since they divorced a decade earlier. Are you surprised they haven’t been in touch? Do you think it is unusual for people to have a “starter marriage” like this one?

2.Erica chose not to tell Michael about Felicity because she wanted to prove she could raise a child on her own and be mature and responsible. Do you understand her reasoning? Or do you think she should have told Michael, since he was likely the child’s father?

3.Angela, suspicious of Erica when she shows up out of the blue, tries to talk Michael out of going with Erica. Would you have objected to Michael’s going with his ex-wife if you were Angela? Do you understand why Michael wants to go with Erica to look for Felicity? How much do you think this might be related, even subconsciously, to Michael’s feelings about his deceased sister?

4.Angela learns that Gail has been in contact with Erica. She has even met with her and met Felicity. Do you understand why Gail wanted to see Erica in person and learn more about Felicity? Do you blame her for cutting Erica off? Was she right not to tell Michael or Angela?

5.Detective Griffin becomes emotionally involved in Felicity’s case, going as far as to overstep her bounds as a police officer. Do you understand why she cares so much? Do you blame her for anything she does?

6.Angela and Jake Little join forces to try to track down Michael and Erica. Do you understand why they form this unlikely partnership? Do they share the feeling of being somewhat jealous of and concerned about Michael and Erica’s relationship?

7.Michael and Angela are struggling to have a child of their own. Do you think that makes Michael’s desire to find Felicity more powerful? What would it be like for Angela to have to adapt to Michael’s having had a child with another woman?

8.We learn early in the book that Michael’s sister died in an accident. How do you see Robyn’s death affecting Michael’s family nearly two decades later?

9.Lynn’s initial goal is to learn who Felicity’s father really is. Do you understand why Lynn has an intense desire to prove Felicity’s paternity?

10.Erica admits that at times she feels overwhelmed by the pressures of being a single mother. Is it understandable that sometimes she wanted to leave her responsibilities to Felicity behind? Do you think all single parents feel this way at some point?

11.We learn that Robyn’s death wasn’t exactly the accident the family thinks it was. How much do you blame Lynn for what happened that day on the swing? Do you blame Michael for not keeping a better eye on his sisters? Do you blame Michael’s parents—especially his father—for favoring Robyn and making the other children jealous?

12.With all that they’ve learned, what challenges do Michael and Angela face at the end of the book?

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Somebody's Daughter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somebody's Daughter is hands down the best thriller I've read this summer. I had intended on reading it a bit every day while my kids played outside but I ended up reading it in less than 24 hours! The storyline caught my attention immediately and never let go. There are twists throughout that you will not see coming. I highly recommend this book and am so glad to have found this author, and reading all of his books!
SL22268 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Net Galley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. WHEW! This book was intense to me - chapters were written from 3 POV's and each time there was a cliffhanger from 1 POV, I felt compelled to read "just one more chapter" to get to what happened next! This was a great read and would highly recommend to anyone that loves the differing POV's while reading AND twists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book became like an addiction. One night, I stayed up until 1 a.m. trying to finish it. The chapters are short, but each one brings more questions and excitement, you must read the next one, then the next one, and so on. The story was an absolute thrill-ride. I didn't want it to be over. Can't wait to read more of David's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring, drawn out. Speed read the pages.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
Excellent psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the very last page. We'll developed characters and a believable plot line combined with a page turning urgency. Highly recommended.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
Excellent psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the very last page. We'll developed characters and a believable plot line combined with a page turning urgency. Highly recommended.
CLynnT More than 1 year ago
Poor gullible Michael and his quiet wife Angela see their peaceful nest torn to shreds one evening when ex-wife Erica comes ripping thru like the Tasmanian devil, telling Michael her daughter is missing and she may, no, most likely, no, IS his daughter. We don’t like Erica from the start. She should be at home or with the police, but no, she’s a chain-smoking, mouthy hothead, stomping into peoples’ homes and whipping butt, dragging poor Michael along in her crime spree. And mousy little Angela, who hasn’t procreated for David yet (and feels woefully inadequate), can’t get past the fact that he may, no, most likely, no, DOES already have a daughter. Then there’s the busybody mom-in-law, the rock star sister-in-law, and some guy who thinks he’s the daughter’s real dad and is willing to punch anyone who doesn’t agree. I got mentally worn out from all the running going on; various characters in different scenarios, all running full speed all night long. And the lack of police presence was a bit questionable; so many of the events were about people who were considered suspects doing their own police work. But I stayed glued to the end, and I enjoyed the way David wrapped up the story. I've read a number of his books in the past and I will most definitely keep on reading his work! (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for making it available.)
CLynnT More than 1 year ago
Poor gullible Michael and his quiet wife Angela see their peaceful nest torn to shreds one evening when ex-wife Erica comes ripping thru like the Tasmanian devil, telling Michael her daughter is missing and she may, no, most likely, no, IS his daughter. We don’t like Erica from the start. She should be at home or with the police, but no, she’s a chain-smoking, mouthy hothead, stomping into peoples’ homes and whipping butt, dragging poor Michael along in her crime spree. And mousy little Angela, who hasn’t procreated for David yet (and feels woefully inadequate), can’t get past the fact that he may, no, most likely, no, DOES already have a daughter. Then there’s the busybody mom-in-law, the rock star sister-in-law, and some guy who thinks he’s the daughter’s real dad and is willing to punch anyone who doesn’t agree. I got mentally worn out from all the running going on; various characters in different scenarios, all running full speed all night long. And the lack of police presence was a bit questionable; so many of the events were about people who were considered suspects doing their own police work. But I stayed glued to the end, and I enjoyed the way David wrapped up the story. I've read a number of his books in the past and I will most definitely keep on reading his work! (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for making it available.)
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Felicity is only nine years old and she is missing. When her mother shows up on her ex-husband’s doorstep begging for help, she drops a bombshell that leaves Michael with no choice but to help find the little girl. Has he been duped into playing a pawn in Erica’s game to get him back? Can his current wife accept what may be an unexpected twist in their marriage? The hunt is on and who can trust whom? A young life is on the line and the clock is ticking as one man falls into a rabbit hole of emotional terror. Felicity is SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER and David Bell has no problems keeping us guessing just whose daughter she is or if she can be saved! Razor-sharp, this tale is twisted into an intricate tale filed with as many questions as possible answers. Page after page, just when you think you have it figured out, just when you think you know the truth, BAM, another door is opened to more possibilities. Through it all, we must worry and wonder for the lost child. Who has her? Why? Whose daughter is she? Will anyone be left unscathed? A powerful, gut-clenching thriller page after page that had me glued to every twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good. Once you start reading this you won’t want to put it down!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Imagine finding out late one night that you have a 10 year old daughter. One you never knew you had or that was even alive. Then you find out this daughter is missing. Pretty scary and pretty effed up. During the first 30% of this book, there is a lot of background stuff going on that just wheeled me (as if the lead in blurb wasn't enough). There was a lot going on in this book and it definitely held my interest. I did not want to put this book down or even take a break. I had to know what in the heck was going on. The plot twists are crazy good. At one part in the book, the characters are in three different locations. The author writes a couple of pages about what's going on in each location and does this several times. It's like bulletin points as to what's going on and just keeps the action going. Major fuel to get my pulse racing. This was my fifth book by David Bell and I can tell you that it won't be my last. He definitely gives you a lot for your money in his books. They are definitely never boring. Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Carolefort More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for an e-ARC of Somebody's Daughter by David Bell in exchange for an honest review. A doorbell rings at 8:16 PM at the home of Michael and Angela Frazier and the lives of the Frazier family are about to be forever changed. Michael opens the front door to come face-to-face with Erica, his ex-wife from 10 years ago. She informs him that their 9-year-old daughter Felicity, whom Michael did not know existed, has been kidnapped. In less than 24 hours, the story will develop with many twists and turns. From that point on, we are also introduced to Michael's mother Gail and his sister Lynn. Add in some dedicated police detectives and the story takes off. All of the Fraziers willl have their lives turned upside-down due to lies from the past. Who kidnapped Felicity? Why was Felicity kidnapped? Will she be found alive? Who is her biological father? Each chapter tells us about a different character's journey, adding to the suspense and keeping the reader's interest. This is my first David Bell novel but it will not be my last. A great read.
mweinreich More than 1 year ago
A knock on the door.... An ex wife's plea....a chance for a child.....a lie or the truth Somebody's Daughter Michael and Angela Frazier are having a quiet evening, when a knock on the door interrupts all that quiet and is the beginning of a suspenseful laden trail to find the whereabouts of Michael's ex wife Erica's daughter, Felicity. Michael feels sympathy for Erica but then she delivers a punch that leaves Michael and Angela reeling. Erica reveals that Felicity is Michael's daughter. How can that be and yet Erica produces a picture of Felicity and it is a reminder to Michael of his dead sister. Michael races out the door with Erica and the chase is on. Michael and Angela have been trying to have a child with no success and yet here is a child, Michael's child or is she? What will this do to Michael's and Angela's marriage? Where is Felicity and why was she taken? As Angela and Michael try to discover where Felicity might be, detectives show up at Erica's house and she permits them access to Michael's computer where revelations that shake the foundation of her marriage are revealed. What is Michael's connection to his ex wife, and why does it seem like his family is involved? Talk about being blindsided! Mr Bell created for his readers a very well constructed mystery that kept you going wondering who could have taken Felicity. It had quite the surprising ending and the story made this reader want to dash for that ending, scurrying to find out if Felicity was safe and was she actually Michael's daughter. I would recommend this book to all who like twisty turning characters and events that makes one burn that midnight oil totally immersed in the story they are reading. "It is the wise father who knows his own child." (William Shakespeare) Will Michael come to this realization? Will Michael know his real child?
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Somebody's Daughter moves at a relentless pace from the moment the story opens on a quiet, otherwise uneventful evening at 8:16 p.m. Michael Frazier and his wife, Angela, are shocked to find his ex-wife, Erica, on their doorstep, claiming that her nine-year-old daughter, Felicity, has been kidnapped. She begs Michael to help search for the girl, announcing that Michael is the child's father. Angela has been under the impression that neither Michael nor any member of his family has remained in touch with Erica during the decade since their divorce. and is stunned that Erica would turn up making such a claim. Michael knows that he and Erica continued their physical relationship right up to the point that their relationship broke up, so Erica could be telling the truth. If she is, and the child he has never known is missing, he can't refuse Erica's desperate plea. Promising that he will be back soon, he leaves with Erica. And leaves Angela with myriad questions. Throughout the night, the police search for the child, as do Michael and Erica. Angela also gets involved in the hunt, unable to simply sit at home and do nothing. In the process, her mother-in-law, Gail, reveals details about Erica's life in the years since Michael ended their marriage, and Erica's menacing former boyfriend arrives on the scene. Detective Erin Griffin and her partner, Jim Twitchell, are assigned to the case. Griffin is recently divorced. She also miscarried a child. Her intuition inspires her to follow clues that other members of the police force discount. In particular, her misogynistic colleagues accuse her of being overly emotional and relating too deeply to the case. She is appropriately outraged and offended -- but undeterred. As the long night wears on, Angela learns truths about Michael and his family that bring into question everything and everyone she has trusted. Michael's family is revealed to be more deeply and profoundly troubled by the death many years ago of his younger sister, Robyn. Erica's struggles as a single mother and her behavior in reaction to those challenges is revealed to have been deeply troubling on occasion. Bell has crafted an intense, compelling mystery in which virtually every character is a suspect -- for good reason. The deeply flawed characters are empathetic and believable. He injects clues to Felicity's fate at deftly-timed intervals and, in due course, eliminates suspects as the tension gradually builds to a shocking conclusion. Somebody's Daughter is simply un-put-down-able because as the story progresses it is apparent that Bell could opt to resolve the story in many different ways. The conclusion he ultimately provides is well-reasoned and, overall, emotionally satisfying, if a bit rushed and lacking complete resolution of all details. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Loulin More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading David Bell's Somebody's Daughter and I really enjoyed it. This is a page turner that doesn't have the gore or cruelty that many of the books in the suspense genre have. This is a book that is an exciting story that you can't wait to see what happens next and I am looking forward to reading more of David Bell's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Sure didn’t have it figured out.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts David Bell has yet to disappoint me. There is a reason he has become one of my favorite authors. This story introduces us to Michael Frazier and his wife Angela. They have been trying desperately to have a child. Just as they are about to go to bed there is a knock on the door. Michael’s ex-wife Erica has come to beg his help in finding her daughter. Claiming the police are not doing enough, that she has no one else to turn to and then claiming that the girl is his daughter, he doesn’t know if he believes her but feels he has no choice but to go with her and search. Angela is beside herself with worry and that only escalates when a strange man arrives at her door telling her his connection to Erica and her daughter. He convinces her to go with him to find her husband, his ex, and the lost 10-year-old. Everyone’s life could change within the next few hours. Micheal knows he needs to find the truth but first, he needs to find that little girl. She IS Somebody’s Daughter. Secrets, secrets, secrets! So many people keeping secrets and as each one is revealed the story takes another twist. Michael life has not been easy. A tragic event from his past has truly shaped the life he has lived since. In just one night he learns so many things he didn’t know. His quest to find the truth and this girl puts his life at risk as well as others, people he loves and people trying to help him. Mr. Bell has a writing style that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. The story is told from various points of view, which for me was very enjoyable. His short chapters that leave you hanging at each ending set a very brisk pace and an urgency to keep reading. I made the mistake of beginning this book on July 3. I read until I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. I took it with me to a family get together on the 4th hoping I would be able to keep reading, but that didn’t happen. As soon as we got home, I dashed to the bedroom to read and stayed up until I finished in the early morning hours on July 5. I had a heck of a book hangover when I got up, but it was so worth it. (This seems to happen to me a lot when reading books by this author.) Bell also knows how to deliver that last final twist that caught me totally by surprise. Then he tied everything up nicely for me too. He even gives us a glimpse into the character’s future.
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
Having read a previous book by David Bell, I was anxious to read his newest book and it did not disappoint! Michael Frazier’s ex-wife appears at his door, claiming that her ten year-old daughter has been kidnapped and he is the father. Since the fate of a little girl is in jeopardy, Michael takes off with his ex-wife to find the girl. This story has many twists and turns that makes the ending hard to predict. Complex and well developed characters make this book a real page turner. I highly recommend this book.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Michael's ex-wife, Erica, shows up at his porch claiming his nine year old daughter is missing. A daughter Michael never knew existed. So begins the crazy night of trying to find Felicity. The book took so many twists and turns I kept changing my mind on who was involved with the kidnapping of Felicity. At times I wondered if there even was a little girl or if it was all a ruse. Each chapter seemed to end with a little cliffhanger and I couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what was happening. Of all of David Bell's books, this is one of my favorites. It was fast paced and kept me in suspense right until the end. I couldn't put it down. I loved the story line, characters and writing style. Yes, I did hate Erica. I know I should have felt bad for her with her daughter missing, but I just couldn't. I didn't believe anything that came out of her mouth. I definitely recommend the book, especially if you are a fan of David Bell. Thanks to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and the author, David Bell, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
When Michael Frazier's past shows up on his doorstep he is ready to shut the door in her face and send her packing, but before he can give into that impulse she utters something that rocks him to his core... he has a daughter and she is missing! His ex-wife hasn't always been truthful with him so at first he has his doubts about what she is telling him, but she is adamant that it is true, and with a child's life possibly hanging in the balance he isn't so willing to take any chances, so he gives in and offers to help her find their daughter. But saying "yes" to her could potentially cause a riff with his new wife, especially since the subject matter is something that is so important to them now, they have been trying for a child of their own, and so far been unsuccessful. He feels like he is stuck between a rock and a hard place, and is unsure who to believe or where to turn... From the first page of this exquisitely crafted tale you will be hooked, these characters will lure you in, dazzle you with their thrilling adventure, and leave you saying WOW!! This is my second novel by this author, and I have to say I loved this one just as much as the last, it was downright amazing!! It is a stirring tale, with a multi-layered plot that will toy with your thoughts, rattle your defenses, and have you dangling breathlessly from every word! If you like thrillers, then I highly suggest you get your hands on this one, you won't be disappointed with what you find!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
This was my first David Bell book and it won’t be my last. He is such a good storyteller. This is such a complex psychological thriller with so many twists, there was no way my theories could hold up. I really enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and each of their stories well thought, out but man it was hard to trust or like anyone. That’s when you know the writer did his job and kept the mystery alive.
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
Somebody's Daughter was a decent read for me, but fell a bit short of the mark on being fantastic. Synopsis: A 9 year old girl has gone missing, and Michael Fraizer finds his ex-wife, Erica, on his doorstep begging for his help to find her - a child who she claims is his daughter. Unsure about whether Erica is telling the truth, he finds himself drawn into trying to figure out what happened. The premise of this story was spot on for a plot that would grab my attention, but somehow I never found myself really sucked into this book, or fully engaged. At times, it felt like there were just too many extra plot twists layered on, that weren't really necessary - and more aggravatingly, were never really resolved. While I love good twists in a mystery, there were almost too many to keep up with in this story. I also never clicked with any of the characters, largely because huge swaths of their behaviour often seemed implausible. While the premise of the situation would clearly lend itself to a high stress situation, it also felt like characters moved through a series of actions, decisions and rollercoaster emotions that would have played out better had the story taken place over several weeks rather than a day. Not to say I didn't enjoy this book - I did. It was face paced, and the chapters flew by with little cliff-hangers that did lure me into reading well into the night to untangle the mystery of what happened. This book makes for some easy summer reading, if you are looking for a good mystery to fly through.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Felicity is a talented singer with troubled eyes. Being nine years old and not knowing her father; is overshadowed by her vanishing without a trace. We have a current wife Angela, an ex-wife Erica and their man Michael who puts his heart into HELPING find this girl who may be his daughter!! Race to locate the child is complicated with the question of her Father's identity. Team of police detectives race to locate anything that will lead to the discovery of Felicity "Safe and Sound". Many avenues are pursued to sort out current and past events. Good plot and characters. I had this one figured out early in the pages read; but still raced to get to the conclusion. "A copy of this book was provided by Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." THIS IS NOT MY FIRST BELL BOOK and of course WILL NOT BE MY LAST!
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars 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.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
For sure, this book held my attention all the way through. In fact, it latched on so tightly that our dinner got put on hold for a little over an hour while I plowed through to the final page. But that said, I really never really "connected" with any of the characters (more on that in a bit). Besides that, thoughts of same concept, different author kept niggling at the back of my brain as I turned the pages. Here's the deal: Michael Frazier is living the good life with his second wife, Angela, in Cottonsville, Kentucky; that they're trying, so far unsuccessfully, to have a baby is frustrating, but they're hanging in there. His first marriage to a kooky sort named Erica didn't make it much past a year, and they went their separate ways. Until now. Suddenly, Erica appears at Michael's door, begging him to help find her missing 9-year-old daughter Felicity. Why Michael, after all these years? Well, Erica tells him, because you're Felicity's father. To put it mildly, Michael is stunned - and questions whether it's even true. Nonetheless, he just can't find it in his heart not to help, even when Angela - who's just as stunned as Michael, if not more - tells him he should stay home and let the police handle things. But Erica insists she must take matters into her own hands because the police aren't taking her daughter's disappearance seriously (after all, it's been most of a day and they haven't found her). So off he goes. It is at this early point, I must add, that I wrote Michael off. Sure, I "get" (well, sort of) his concern over a missing child that might be his and his reluctance to leave an ex-wife in the lurch even though he thinks she's nuts; on the other hand, I just can't work up sympathy for people who totally ignore common sense. But then, of course, there'd be no story. So there we are. Everything and everyone moves along quickly from then on, bringing a few surprises as chapters follow the progress and setbacks of Michael and Erica, Angela, Michael's sister Lynn and their mother, and the two primary cops working the case. Little by little, readers learn that every character comes with issues - some more related to the child's disappearance than others - and broken trust becomes a common theme among them all. Most important, though, is whether or not they'll find the child (and the kidnapper) in time to save her. That, in fact, overshadows all else, adding an edge-of-the-seat tension that doesn't quit till the end. Overall, it's quite an enjoyable ride, reinforcing what I already believe: Given excellent writing, it's not necessary to fall in love with the characters to be happy that you've read a book. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance review copy.