THE DAUGHTER By Michelle Frances


A dangerous secret. A suspicious death. A mother determined to find answers.

Getting pregnant as a teenager was never part of Kate’s plan, but when it happens she’s determined to do right by her daughter, showing her the love she never had as a child.

Life as a single mother is hard, sometimes impossible, but it only brings Kate and Becky closer together. By the time Becky is making her own way in the world as a tenacious trainee journalist, Kate couldn’t be prouder. But when the unthinkable happens, Kate’s life is changed forever. Desperately trying to understand, Kate stumbles across a story Becky was researching.

Is it possible that this cruel twist of fate wasn’t an accident?


Kate had fallen pregnant whilst still at school, having a child at fifteen, changes life dramatically. She had to make alternative plans for her life.

At the beginning of the book, Kate is about to introduce Becky, her now grown up and graduate daughter, to a new boyfriend. Becky is a trainee journalist for one of the UK’s top broadsheets, in competition for a real reporters job, she is trying to investigate something she thinks could be a big story. On the night she is due to meet her mum, Kate’s new boyfriend, Becky is killed.

Are the two things connected Kate’s boyfriend and Becky’s death? Kate is suspicious that they are, and sets out to try and prove it.

From then on there is major intrigue and suspicious behaviour. Twists, turns and secrets.

There was just something missing from this storyline I found myself skimming some of the pages as it just didn’t seem relevant to the story. Some bits just seemed far fetched. Then pesticides being dangerous was mentioned quite a bit throughout the story. I think this story could have been shortened and you wouldn’t have missed it.

I felt for Kate as the mother, the devastation at losing her daughter, picking up the story Becky was working on to get justice.

I give this book three stars out of five.

I would like to thank netgalley and Pan publishers for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles. Returning to London, she has worked for several years in film and TV as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and the BBC.

Her debut novel, The Girlfriend, was an international bestseller.

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