Synopsis: An estranged father’s weekend with his beloved five-year-old daughter turns into a nightmare when she gets into the lift of a city centre tower block and goes down without him. She vanishes without a trace. It sets off a race against time, and a nationwide manhunt, to find her. As the police investigation closes in, suspicion falls on those closest to her - with devastating consequences. Daddy Dearest is a terrifying story of love, obsession and psychological meltdown.
Kat's Rating: 4/5
Kat's Review: I have been meaning to read this for a while and finally got around to it recently. The main character in this book is a Dad who is currently divorced and looking after his daughter at weekends. Essentially his daughter goes missing in the short space of time it takes for her to enter a life, but she isn't seen again. The synopsis sounds interesting but when you start reading the story it feels like the author has taken a different spin on what could be a bog standard missing child tale. First up probably one of the things that is strange and set my teeth on edge a little is that the father is clearly a complete headcase.
Written in the first person, the narrative can sometimes leave you feeling a little disturbed because you are right inside the Dad's mind and thoughts, which when the character clearly has issues can become unsettling to say the least. What becomes clear quite early on is that although Dad may be a headcase, he clearly loves his daughter and wants to find her. The book is paced well and although this isn't your bog standard thriller, the fact that it's quite different makes it feel more tense than some other books.
This is quite a difficult book to review without plot spoiling so I will say no more about the story itself. What I will say is that I was pleasantly surprised with what the book ended up becoming. I think its a really clever and well thought out novel which has certainly made me like to read more of Paul Southern's work. If you are looking for something a little outside the box from your bog standard thriller then this may be worth taking a look at, just don't let it crawl too far into your mind!!!