The Trophy Child

The Trophy Child

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Book - 2017
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There's nothing quite like a mother's love . . . but how much is too much before maternal ambition for a perfect child jeopardizes the delicate balance of family life and threatens its very existence?


Paula Daly is acclaimed for her distinctive voice, masterful plotting and terrifying depictions of ordinary people whose everyday lives are turned upside down through deception and betrayal. In her unsettling new domestic thriller, The Trophy Child , Daly digs beneath the serene surface of the idyllic Lake District community, delivering a suspenseful story of motherhood and fallibility.
Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighborhood call her assertive, others say she's driven, but in gossiping circles she's known as "the tiger mother." Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent--no matter the cost. But in the midst of her quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family starts to rebel against her.
Her husband, Noel, is a handsome doctor with a proclivity for alcohol and women. Their prodigy daughter, Bronte, is excelling at school, music lessons and dance classes, yet she longs to run away. Verity, Noel's teenage daughter from his first marriage, is starting to display aggressive behavior. And Karen's son from a previous relationship embraces the aimless stoner lifestyle. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen's carefully constructed facade begins to fall apart--and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.
A thrilling tale of ambition and murder, Daly's richly imagined world of suburban striving and motherly love is an absorbing page-turner about the illusions of perfection and the power games between husband and wife, parent and child.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2017]
ISBN: 9780385686075
Branch Call Number: FIC Daly
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 24 cm

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VaughanPLMeena Jul 09, 2017

I could not put this book down! Definitely one of the best thrillers I have read all year, and I have read a lot of them!


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VaughanPLMeena Jul 09, 2017

I could not put this book down! Definitely one of the best thrillers I have read all year, and I have read a lot of them!

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scrowell_09
Jun 19, 2017

Terrible book - terrible writing. The characters are two dimensional and not at all likeable or believable. Implausible storyline, a complete waste of time.

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writermala
May 26, 2017

In Karen Bloom, Paula Daly has created a mother who puts Amy Chua'sd to shame. She is determined to make her daughter a trophy child. This results in a disappearance and a murder. Detective sergeant Joanne Aspinall is called in to handle the cases of. Can she crack them? Will she find romance? Read this well-written book to find the answers.

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