Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

May 12th, 2023 Kimberly Review 10 Comments

12th May

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney has been on my wishlist since its release. While looking for audiobooks to fulfil my goals for the Library Love Challenge, I came upon it and immediately downloaded it. Narrated by Stephanie Racine, I quickly became caught up in this isolated “And Then There Were None” murder mystery.

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
Daisy Darker
by Alice Feeney
Narrator: Stephanie Racine
Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes
Genres: Suspense Thriller
Source: Library
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.45x

The 'New York Times' best-selling Queen of Twists returns…with a family reunion that leads to murder.

After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.

The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows…

Trapped on an island where someone is killing them one by one, the Darkers must reckon with their present mystery as well as their past secrets, before the tide comes in and all is revealed.

With a wicked wink to Agatha Christie’s 'And Then There Were None','DAISY DARKER's unforgettable twists will leave listeners reeling.

Family MURDERMYSTERY SUSPENSE thriller twisted

Daisy Darker is the first to arrive at Nana’s coastal cottage in celebration of her 80th birthday. Once the tide comes in, they will all be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. Everyone arrives, all carrying secrets, and soon the festivities begin. A storm rages outside and at the stroke of midnight Nana is found dead and when the cuckoo clocks strike one another family member is found dead….

The tale that unfolds hooked me as we learn about the family, Daisy’s unique heart condition. In attendance are Daisy’s mother, father and two sisters, along with a neighboring childhood friend that Nana took under her wing and her niece. Clues appear with ominous messages and the family tries to piece together who the murder is. With no outside help, the clock is ticking….

Whew. What a twisty tale. The author captured all sides of families, from the good to the ugly. I enjoyed learning about time spent at Nana’s cottage just as much as the present day mystery. The pacing was well done as the suspense built. I loved the creepy poems and fun, quirky traditions that Nana had. From Christmas past to secrets, I was enthralled.

Most of the characters were unlikable except Daisy and perhaps Nana, but I found myself engaged in their histories as I tried to figure out which one was the murder. It was clever and addictive. It’s the type of story you’ll want to talk about and recall long after you’ve finished. It would make an ideal buddy listen or book club selection.

I loved the audio narration. Stephanie Racine did a great job of capturing each personality and giving voice to Daisy. I highly recommend listening.

An addictive tale perfect for fans of closed door mysteries and isolated murder-mysteries.

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About Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney is a New York Times million-copy bestselling author. Her books have been translated into over twenty-five languages, and have been optioned for major screen adaptations. Including Rock Paper Scissors, which is being made into a TV series by the producer of The Crown. Alice was a BBC journalist for fifteen years, and now lives in Devon with her family. Daisy Darker is her fifth novel.

About Stephanie Racine

Stephanie Racine

Born in Singapore to British/German parents, Stephanie has an undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Warwick and is an acting graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She lives and works in London. Alongside her stage, screen and radio drama work, Stephanie is a Carleton Hobbs winner, has voiced a Sony Award winning campaign for the BBC, has voiced numerous New York Times, US and UK Bestselling Audiobooks and was nominated for Best Crime Audiobook for the New York Times Bestselling Audiobook Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney (shortly to become a TV Series with Sarah Michelle Gellar).

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

10 Responses to “Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney”

  1. Katherine

    I listened to the audio of this too and really enjoyed both the narration and the story. The characters were all kind of awful but I couldn’t help but be pulled into the story. I definitely need to read more Alice Feeney. Great review!

  2. Lorna

    I’m not sure my nerves could handle this one! I bet it would make a good movie too.