Kate never really had a plan for her life but getting pregnant at 15 really was off the scale. It meant that she had to drop out of school in order to support her beloved daughter Becky. Working several jobs she was able to keep food on the table and to encourage Becky to keep stretching herself and to learn as much as possible. Graduating with a first class degree in journalism Becky was on the cusp of securing a junior reporter role at one of London’s most prestigious papers when she was run over and killed.
A year later Kate has been struggling to come to terms with what happened and begins a crusade to change the trucks that killed her daughter, to make it easier for the drivers to see cyclists. This plan to right a wrong sees Kate discovering a side of herself that she didn’t know existed. A link to Becky.
Ok – I’ll admit it, I judged this book by its cover. It looked all light and fluffy, a good casual summer read. I really wasn’t expecting a South London version of Erin Brokovitch. The story is narrated by Kate in the present and by Becky in the run up to her accident. The Daughter is a real page turner with a fully fledged Hollywood style thriller of a plot. It’s not a book that I would have started if I’d read it’s synopsis but its a real corker and well worth the white knuckle ride.
Supplied by Net Galley and Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review
UK publication date: Jun 27 2019. 480 pages.