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New Release Book Review: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Title: Daisy Darker

Author: Alice Feeney

Published: August 30th 2022

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 352

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

RRP: $34.99

Rating: 4.5 stars

Daisy Darker is an all-consuming tale of psychological suspense with a spectacular twist from the internationally bestselling author Alice Feeney

Daisy Darker’s family were as dark as dark can be, when one of them died all of them lied and pretended not to see . . .

Daisy Darker is arriving at her grandmother’s house for her eightieth birthday. It is Halloween, and Seaglass – the crumbling Cornish house perched upon its own tiny private island – is at one with the granite rocks it sits on. The Darker family haven’t all been in the same place for over a decade, and when the tide comes in they’ll be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. When the tide goes back out, nothing will ever be the same again, because one of them is a killer . . .


Daisy Darker is New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney’s fifth novel.  A dark and swirling tale of deception, lies, secrets and surprising revelations, Daisy Darker is the ultimate locked-room mystery tale.

The Darker family all convene on Seaglass, a ramshackle abode nestled on the treacherous Cornish coast for a big celebration. The matriarch of the family and grandmother is turning eighty. It’s been a long time since the Darker family have gathered together, after a break of almost ten years. Soon after they are reunited, a darkness ascends on this family fold. The tides rush in and suddenly Seaglass is cut off from the mainland. A killer is also on the loose, threatening to pull down the Darker family one by one. Who will survive?

Alice Feeney is fast becoming a worldwide favourite, thanks to this British author’s previous books which have been translated into over twenty different languages and optioned for a television series adaptation. I have also noticed Feeney’s books featured heavily on my Instagram feeds, which is another indication of this author’s clear popularity. I have read two previous books by Alice Feeney and I really enjoyed both, so I was very eager to delve into Daisy Darker.

Locked-room style mystery novels are my absolute favourite brand of fiction right now. Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney slots perfectly into this genre. With a deeply atmospheric and isolated island locale, a dangerous coastline and a remote crumbling estate forming the setting base of this novel, I was very excited to begin my journey with Daisy Darker. The scene is soon set thanks to Feeney’s generous and situational prose. The writing struck me as lyrical, imaginative and dramatic. Feeney takes us to the heart of the location and the events via her immersive prose. I didn’t know what I was going to encounter and what surprises Feeney had in store for me as I made my way through the dark tunnel of terror on Seaglass.

Feeney’s characterisation is strong and we are privy to the dark behaviour, underhanded deeds and suspicious movements of the cast. Feeney really emphasises the fact that the Darker family are incredibly dysfunctional and disconnected, which compounds the tension in the novel even further. Feeney incorporates some clever and creative elements of storytelling within Daisy Darker, adding to the sense of conjecture that pervades this tale. I didn’t know who I could trust, who was truthful and who was deceitful. Each character is brushed with an air of uncertainty so we are placed in an impossible bind as to how this story will eventually end. I was definitely duped by Feeney – she sure is the sovereign of the mystery thriller genre!

Be bold and brave when stepping into the pages of Daisy Darker. A bountiful locked-room mystery awaits!

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney was published on 30th August 2022 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Daisy Darker, Alice Feeney, visit here.

*Thanks extended to Pan Macmillan for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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