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Today I am reviewing Her Daughter\’s Cry by M.M. Chouinard. This was released on the 23rd of January, published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

Someone wants her dead, and she can’t remember why.

Zoe is a wife and a mother. Or so she’s been told. Ask her for more than that and she couldn’t tell you. The blow to her head wiped her memory clean.

Zoe knows the blood on her shirt isn’t just her own. After she was found stumbling out of the woods, the police ran tests. They say it belongs to her missing daughter.

Zoe is trying to piece together what her daughter’s face looks like, but all she can conjure up is a white-hot panic. A fear that her child is in desperate need of her help.

When a man claiming to be her husband turns up looking for her, she knows she can’t trust him. Until she gets her memories back, she can’t trust anyone. Not the stranger, not the police investigating, not even herself…

A completely addictive thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Silent Patient, Lisa Regan and Gregg Olsen.

Michelle you have done it again!! Even though there are only three books to date, I could read this series forever. For Her Daughter’s Cry, I am going to use my “less is more” motto when talking about the plot, as I think the blurb gives more than enough of a tease and this is one where it is best letting Michelle guide you along, without any more than what has already been given. As I said in my review for book two Taken to the Grave, which was “This series is just going to keep going from strength to strength”, after reading Her Daughter’s Cry, there are no words more truthful than these! It is one hell of a read from one hell of an author and I can’t wait for the next instalment, with I hope many more to come!

I was so intrigued with the plot for Her Daughter’s Cry and was hooked straight away. Michelle has definitely upped the ante this time around and what I love most about this book is she does not waste any time in getting things going. With a tagline like “Someone wants her dead, and she can’t remember why” you just know that you are going to be taken on a wild ride and what a ride it is! Just when I thought that she couldn’t build up the tension and suspense anymore in this series, she dials it up another notch with this one and it is fantastic! I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book and biting my nails, much to my nail technicians disgust! Luckily she is my sister and even though it was a bit touch and go there for awhile, she has now forgiven me and all is well. Phew!

I really love Jo’s character and she just gets better and better with each book. In Taken to the Grave, Michelle gave the reader a little glimpse into her vulnerable side when she was confronted with her father’s health issues, but what I loved in this book, is how we are given so much more this time around and it is now Jo who is faced with something that she never thought she would ever have to deal with, while still trying to solve the case. Showing this side of her just adds to her appeal for me as well as her strength. I look forward to seeing how this changes her in future books. Bill Arnett played a big part for me this time and I now adore him even more. As Jo’s work partner, they really are a match made in heaven and I love their relationship. In addition to Jo and Bill, the characterisation of Zoe was spot on. She played a big part in the story and she carried it on her shoulders well.

It is no secret that I love Michelle’s work and that I am one her biggest fans. I was only introduced to her work last year, but I instantly connected to her writing and stories. Each book is like a movie that I play out in my head with me on the sidelines watching it all unfold, as I am caught up in the drama of it all. I am able to do this is due to Michelle’s brilliant writing that is very engaging, emotive, descriptive and visual. For Her Daughter’s Cry, Michelle’s writing is really on point and everything just comes together so seamlessly. It is fast paced and the story is well researched and not just in the police procedural side of it but also with Zoe’s memory loss and what that entails, which made it very realistic and believable.

Her Daughter’s Cry is such a great addition to this series. Full of action and suspense, this one will get ahold of you and will keep you in it’s clutches until the final thrilling act. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, I actually don’t recommend the reader starting with this one, as by not reading The Dancing Girls (which is one that I will forever keep shouting about due to the best ending with a twist to end all twists that I have ever read!) and Taken to the Grave first, you will be missing out on two fantastic books. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Her Daughter’s Cry which I can not recommend highly enough and is definitely a contender to be part of my best books for 2020.

Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Michelle Chouinard for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Her Daughter’s Cry which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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