My Daughter’s Secret
By: Nicole Trope
My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it.
In the middle of the night, Claire wakes up to discover that her beloved daughter, Julia, is dead – and life, as she knows it, is over.
Searching for answers, Claire stumbles upon a pile of letters, hidden under Julia’s bed in an old, battered shoebox, and feels closer to her daughter than ever before. They tell her that Julia was happy, that she was thriving at university, that she was in love.
But as the letters go on, Claire starts to feel uneasy at something hidden between the lines. Even as she grieves, she must prepare to face a shocking discovery. Because Julia was hiding a terrible secret – and when it’s uncovered, it will devastate a family already torn apart by tragedy.
An emotional, twisty and gripping page turner that will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher, Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult
Nicole Trope brings suicide to the forefront of this emotional heartbreaking story. Julia is only twenty years old when she commits suicide. Found hanging from a chain around her neck on the front porch of her family home has left her mother Claire completely devastated. Why would her daughter take her own life? Claire has no closure as Julia didn’t even leave a note. This sets Claire off to find out why her beautiful and popular daughter would take her own life. There are secrets Julia kept hidden including a bunch of secret letters from an older man. Will Claire ever find out why her daughter killed herself?
I found myself really engrossed in My Daughter’s Secret. Suicide is really a tough and sensitive subject in any book and I feel that Nicole Trope really portrayed it with such compassion and understanding. We start to get to know Julia from her mother’s eyes and we see how well loved Julia has always been amongst her family and her peers. So, it is sad to see that she would have taken her own life. Trope really has created an immersive story centered on the “why.” It did take me sometime to figure out who who was behind it all and it is very shocking and not a scenario I often find portrayed in books. This really is a well done story that I could not put down.
Claire is completely shattered by her daughter’s suicide and I found her scenes to be so real and so emotional. Claire hasn’t always had an easy life. She is divorced from her first husband and is married to Adrian, Julia’s stepfather. Claire is determined to find out what happened to her daughter, like I would assume any mother would do. Claire constantly beats herself up over the fact that her daughter could not come talk to her especially since they had a close relationship. Claire will not stop until she gets answers, though. I loved Claire’s determination to get to the truth and it was done so realistically and honestly.
My Daughter’s Secret is a gripping page turner that will keep you up late into the night. The story centers around a difficult subject matter, but it is definitely well worth the read. A definite 5 star read and one I highly recommend.