Dead Daughters by Tim Meyer

Drew Lowery is living the American Dream. He has the perfect family, a stable job, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of central New Jersey. Things can’t get much better. But what seems like the ideal life is suddenly upended when he receives a blank envelope in the mail.

Inside lies a picture of his daughter, a photograph of her violent murder. Only it can’t be her. He just tucked her in and kissed her goodnight ten minutes ago. But the mysterious Polaroid is only the beginning.

There’s the van following his daughter to school. The man she sees outside her window late at night. The fact someone entered her room while the Lowerys slept peacefully.

Local authorities are clueless. No leads, no clues, and ultimately—no answers. Drew launches his own investigation, falling into a hole of lies and deceit, a truth he never saw coming. Dead Daughters is the new twisted thriller from Tim Meyer, author of The Switch House and Kill Hill Carnage.

The IndieMuse Review

Thriller and Mystery books aren’t typically my cup of tea. I usually enjoy them well enough, but the horror fanatic in me can’t help but think “Not bad, needed more flesh-eating monsters.” When Tim Meyer, writer of dark supernatural books like Switch House and ’80s style gorefest Kill Hill Carnage releases a Thriller, then I sit up and take note.

Drew is a recovering drug addict who has turned his life around. Now living happily with his wife Eve and seven-year-old daughter, Dina, his life is perfect. He has a loving family, a beautiful home and the perfect job. His peaceful existence is shattered when he finds a photograph in his mailbox. The picture appears to be of his daughter, only that can’t be the case, as the picture shows her brutally murdered corpse. How can this be, when his daughter is alive and well?

This disturbing photo sets out a chain of events that will set Drew off on an investigation of his own into this mysterious photo. Who is the shadow man who Dinah is dreaming about, sharp-fanged and cloaked in black? Who is the driver of the mysterious white van who seems to be following him everywhere he goes? Can he find the answer to these questions in time to save his family from whatever despicable evil has targeted them?

As any good thriller should, Dead Daughters presents an intriguing and seemingly impossible mystery, and slowly pulls back the curtain on the big reveal that is satisfying and feels right. There are a few questions that ultimately get left unanswered and some potentially interesting setups that get lost in the shuffle but, overall, the ending feels both surprising and well-earned. While it may get a little too outlandish for some tastes, I enjoyed the direction the book went in and felt there were enough clues and teasers along the way that it didn’t feel too jarring or out of place to go to some unexpected places that other, similar books of the genre may not have.

The book’s biggest strength is its character work. As good as the premise is, a thriller book can live or die based on how we connect with its leads. After all, if we don’t care about the character, it’s hard to care what happens to them next, and the mystery falls apart. Drew was a fascinating, richly developed character. He is presented as flawed, but good-hearted, a loving husband and father, but with a dark past that impacts his decisions in the present. His relationship with his wife is a particular highlight, as their rapport feels very genuine and natural. The anxiety these characters feel and the overwhelming sense of dread that builds as things progress feels palpable and real and keeps the pace of the story suitably frantic.

Tense, surprising and utterly unputdownable. The premise convinced me to pick this book up, but it was the characters that kept me reading. Some readers may be put off by some of the more unusual directions the book takes in the second half, but if you pick up the book with an open mind, you’ll be rewarded with a suspenseful and gripping thrill ride that will keep you engrossed until the final page.

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

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  1. Corrina Petrus  

    I love strong characters and the storyline was exciting and intriguing. I loved it and love this author.

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  2. Reena Gaulke  

    Fabulous read. Do not miss this one, it is one of the authors best.

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