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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’s nan was the oldest but least wise.The woman’s will made them all feel ill, which was why she had to die.
The melancholy poem above summarizes this story with its slow climbing tension. We meet Daisy, a young woman born with a devastating heart defect. This story incorporates a first person and third person perspective, but mostly we view the story from Daisy’s perspective. Flashbacks constitute a significant part of this novel. Not my favorite component, but vital to the story structure. From the start, we experience the peculiarities of the Darker family. I wonder if the author chose the surname as a teaser for the novel’s theme. Alice Feeney brings an aspect of a locked room mystery to her story. The family is marooned during a storm at Seaglass, Nana’s Victorian house with Gothic turrets on a small island cut off from the mainland. Can you have too many tropes? If they work, why not. Generally, I don’t enjoy stories where all the characters are unlikable. Additionally, I solved the mystery ending before the climax. Perhaps a consequence of being an avid reader and moviegoer. Daisy Darker is a solid novel. The author develops an intense suspense, and a cryptic poem. For a novice mystery reader, it can be a thrilling read.