Review: Daddy Darkest by Ellery A. Kane
Publication Date: June 1st, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
BURY YOUR SECRETS. BURY THEM DEEP.
A month after her high school graduation, small-town-girl Samantha "Sam" Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam's letterman jacket, it doesn't take her long to figure out she was the intended target. Alone in a strange city, Sam's on a run for her life--drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren't all that's buried and where revenge comes at the highest price.
Who is Sam really--and who can she trust? The mysterious stranger in 4A who secreted a gun in his backpack? The guilty ex-con? The disarming FBI agent? Her own mother?
Only one thing is certain. Someone is after her. Someone who knows more about her than she does. Someone who wants to teach her a hard lesson: There are worse things than murder.
When I first started Daddy Darkest, I honestly didn’t know what I’d gotten myself into. A lot was happening in those first few chapters, but it was interesting and very intriguing. As the story progressed, I realized I was completely sucked in. Daddy Darkest definitely had a lot of mystery and suspense, and I couldn’t seem to get enough of it.
I really did enjoy this book, but there were a few down falls that I couldn’t seem to overlook. One being, both characters Clare and Samantha were very naïve. At times, it made me feel they were both a doormat, especially Clare. I totally understand her background and she doesn’t have the prettiest one, but I just wanted that moment where she stood her ground and had confidence.
The other thing about Daddy Darkest that threw me off was how hard some chapters were to follow. Don’t get me wrong, majority of the book flowed so well, but there were a few paragraphs that I had to reread because I didn’t understand how I was reading about point “A” then it immediately jumped to point “F” without any explanation.
I’m assuming that’s how the author wanted the book to keep me going, with that bit of surprise and sort of a cliffhanger in the chapter. As a reader, I’ve never minded that, but I honestly didn’t like how confused I was, and how at times, I had to guess what really happened.
Overall, Daddy Darkest was a good suspense, and I’m certainly going to read the next book in the series. I’ll admit, I’m curious to see what the next book holds, and if I’ll enjoy it even more than this one. I would recommend checking this one out if you love a good thriller. It definitely kept me on my toes.