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Reading Entertainment of The Highest Order

 

 

David Bell is back with the stunningly effective Somebody’s Daughter (Berkley, $26.00, 432 pages), a noirish tale culled from the suburban nightmare world of Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben as well. Once again, gothic overtones are firmly on display, this time from the moment Michael Frazier’s ex-wife shows upon his doorstep lugging baggage in the form of the dual revelation that he fathered a daughter who has now disappeared. What follows is a kind of thriller version of Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into Night, as Michael embarks down a road marred by both shattering truths and dubious revelations. Staged on a remarkably sparse stage that belies its emotionally wrought nature, Somebody’s Daughter is reading entertainment of the highest order.


~Jon Land, TopShelf Reviews