The Trophy Child

The Trophy Child

by Paula Daly

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ISBN-13: 9780802127679
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 599,473
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paula Daly is the author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You? , Keep Your Friends Close , and The Mistake I Made . She lives in North West England. The Trophy Child is her fourth novel.

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The Trophy Child 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all her books
Twink More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Paula Daly's books - they're addicting page turners - and I was eager to read her latest - The Trophy Child. And yes, it was another fantastic read! There are always difficulties in blended families. But the Bloom family is truly struggling. Father Noel is spending more and more time at work (and in a bottle) as he doesn't want to deal with the home situation. Verity is Noel's daughter, living with her father and her stepmother Karen not by choice, but because she has nowhere else to go. Ewan is Karen's son from her first marriage. He's happily stoned most of the time, living over the garage. The one thing that binds them is Bronte - the ten year old daughter of Karen and Noel. And then Bronte goes missing...... After Bronte's disappearance, Daly caught me completely off guard with the turn her plot took. I adore not being able to predict where a plot is going to lead - and Daly definitely kept me off kilter.And she provides us with lots of suspects for the whodunit. For for those of you who love psychological suspense as much as I do, there is a twist at the end. There is so much going on behind the scenes here. Each of the family has secrets. But the character who had me spitting mad was Karen. She's a vitriolic tyrant. And she takes 'Tiger Mom' to a whole new level, scheduling every minute of Bronte's life, demanding perfection. Honestly, some (okay most) of her dialogue was off the charts. It was very easy to hate this character. Karen's attitude is a current social commentary....."British parents, though they wouldn't admit it, were sneakily adopting the Chinese model of parenting, whereby anything less than an 'A' was considered a failure. They meant that a balanced childhood was okay for someone else's child. Not theirs." The one I felt the most for was Verity. She is caught in this dysfunctional family, tormented by Karen. Each player is fleshed out with very distinct personalities. They're not all pretty and there was more than one character I was on the fence about. One of those was the DS Joanne Aspinall (last seen in Just What Kind of Mother Are You) who is investigating the Bloom case. But I was quite taken by her partner DS Oliver Black - he seems to be one of the few characters who has no baggage or ulterior motives. But, I found my empathy and sympathy changed with each new chapter and revelation. But what I'm not on the fence about is how much I enjoyed this latest from Daly! Definitely recommended!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I am new to Paula Daly. With each book I expect suspense, drama, and an unsolvable mystery for the reader. This is exactly what The Trophy Child was for me. The suspense of the missing child, the mixed family, and the psycho tiger mom were written perfectly. The drama of the family was interesting. A child from past relationships for both parents and one child together almost always leads to some interesting happenings but in this family it went farther than that due to the tiger mom. Tiger mom?? I could come up with some much better words to describe the mother. I know this is fiction but I so wanted to slap Noel. He needed to wake up, deal with his wife, be a father, and take control of his out of control life. His children needed them, all 3 of them, so badly. He failed them. Noel truly lived in his own world, letting everyone else circle around him. I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Paula Daly had me guessing and changing my mind at each new clue. The ending surprised me. I never saw it coming. Definitely pick up The Trophy Child.