The Daughters by Julia Crouch #BookReviews #BooksOnTour #TheDaughters #PsychologicalThriller #PsychologicalSuspense #NetGalley @thatjuliacrouch @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing on its publication day The Daughters by Julia Crouch, published by Bookouture.


My father said my mother killed herself. My sister says he’s lying.

The day of our mother’s funeral, my little sister Lucy and I clung to our father’s side. He promised he’d get us through it, and we believed him. But then I discovered that the coffin we wept over was empty.

Dad says he was trying to protect us – that he thought it would be easier to grieve if we didn’t know our mother’s body was never found.

His new wife says she just wants to help us move on from the past.

Then Lucy has a flash of memory that leaves her shaking. Our father. A woman she doesn’t recognise. A knife…

She insists she knows something about the day our mother died, but it’s buried too deep to see clearly.

What happened to our mother? I need to find the truth. But I have no idea who I can trust. And what if the answer puts my life in danger?

A completely gripping psychological thriller that will make your heart pound as you try to decide who is telling the truth. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

*Trigger warnings: Suicide, self harm, sexual assault, violence and racism*

“My husband says his first wife is dead…His daughters say he killed her…”

With the above tagline I was immediately hooked by this and I needed to discover who was telling the truth, who was living a lie, did Alice really commit suicide, or is there something more sinister at play? I couldn’t wait to dive in and find out.

There is not much worse than losing a parent, unless of course if you think that the other parent killed them! It is just unthinkable. But after a shocking discovery by one daughter and a repressed memory that is brought to the surface for the other, this sets things in motion and opens up one massive can of worms!

The characters are well crafted and I didn’t know who I could trust. There is a lot to unpack with this story and although it does move on the slightly slower side, it still held my interest and a need for answers kept my glued to the pages. When it did kick in, it did so in spectacular fashion and was well worth it that’s for sure. WOW!…

Thank you to Julia Crouch, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Daughters, 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 with Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


Amazon AU
Amazon US
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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on The Daughters. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Julia started off as a theatre director and playwright.

While her children were growing up, she swerved into graphic design. After writing and illustrating two children’s books for an MA, she discovered that her great love was writing prose.

The picture books were deemed too dark for publication, so, to save the children, she turned instead to writing for adults. Her first book, Cuckoo, was published in 2011, and she has been writing what she calls her Domestic Noir novels ever since.

She also writes for TV and teaches on the Crime Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. She has three grown up children and lives in Brighton with her husband and two cats, Keith and Sandra.





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