Eleanor Moran
A Daughter's Secret
March 09, 2019 Comments.. 128
A Daughter s Secret Mia is a high flying child psychotherapist hoping to be made partner in the thriving practice where she works But then she takes on a case which will change her life for ever and bring back the past

  • Title: A Daughter's Secret
  • Author: Eleanor Moran
  • ISBN: 9781471141690
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mia is a high flying child psychotherapist, hoping to be made partner in the thriving practice where she works But then she takes on a case which will change her life for ever, and bring back the past she has done her best to bury Thirteen year old Gemma was the last person to see her father before he went on the run, fleeing from a major criminal trial The police are dMia is a high flying child psychotherapist, hoping to be made partner in the thriving practice where she works But then she takes on a case which will change her life for ever, and bring back the past she has done her best to bury Thirteen year old Gemma was the last person to see her father before he went on the run, fleeing from a major criminal trial The police are desperate to track him down, pressuring Mia to tease the information out of his angry and reluctant daughter But what does Gemma really know and how hard can Mia push without betraying her Both are hiding devastating secrets Both need the other to survive Will they learn to trust each other before it s too late

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    1. Dale Harcombe says:

      Mia is a psychotherapist who comes up against thirteen year old Gemma. Gemma’s father is believed to be on the run and Gemma was the last person to see him before he disappeared. He has vital information about a major criminal trial. Could he have passed on his whereabouts to Gemma? How influenced by her father has Gemma been? Is she a victim or a manipulator? But Gemma is not the only one whose father had a major impact on her life. Mia has her own father issues which come to light as the sto [...]

    2. ReadAlong With Sue says:

      We meet Mia, Mia is a psychotherapist but she also has a past.We meet the young girl, Gemma. Gemma is the last person to see her Father before he ran. The Police are anxious to talk to her.Mia takes Gemma on her caseload, but Gemma is a disturbed young girl and has plenty of issues. We watch how Mia breaks some of them down. But we also see that she is on the edge of compromising her career.Somehow, somewhere there lives are crossing over. Mia remembers her Father.Its a good read and certainly d [...]

    3. Helena Wildsmith says:

      I was really disappointed by this book as the blurb made the story sound really exciting. Instead I found it dull, dreary and that it irritatingly skipped over important plot points so quite a lot of the time I didn't have a clue what was going on! The characters were hard to relate to and all had unrealistic reactions to each other so I found I just didn't care what happened to anyone. One book that will be going straight to the charity shop!

    4. Anne says:

      I really wasn't expecting gangland - or a story driven by a police investigation, or the complexity of father-daughter relationships. The book is also a tender and beautiful - relatively conventional - boy-meets-girl love story. But everything comes together wonderfully in this book, with Mia as its fascinating centre. We have the complex story of Mia's childhood, her experiences both helping and complicating her professional and personal relationship with thirteen year old Gemma. We have Gemma [...]

    5. Louise Mullins says:

      Mia is one of the most authentic protagonist's I've read this year.Mia is a therapist. Gemma, her client is a troubled child. The secret she is hiding bears similarities between Mia and her own father, Lorcan's relationship.I raced through the pages to finish the second half of the novel as it just kept getting better. This book is filled with suspense and has echoes of Jane Shemilt's work in the pages.A very well written novel, deserving of five stars. I'm looking forward to reading more from t [...]

    6. Tracy Shephard says:

      Mia is a therapist, who’s client/patient Gemma, was the last person to see her missing father. The police are investigating him for criminal activity.Flashbacks to Mia’s childhood, which was poor but loving, A Daughters Secret is a slow burning tale.Gemma adores her dad, and her therapy sessions with Mia reveal that Mia has past issues of her own to confront.This is a story about relationships and control, which I found very intriquing. Although a professional, Mia’s private life, I felt, [...]

    7. Zoe says:

      A very boring, misleading book. The blurb has this down as some kind of exciting thriller with an interesting story of a child psychologist trying to get the bottom of a difficult case involving a young girl and a missing father. What this actually was - was an utter mess. A disorganised plot. A ridiculous romance in the background. Not a single likeable character or a single person's back-story that was even remotely gripping. Very dull.

    8. Lauren Draper-wood says:

      Some of the writing is fantastic but at times it falls flat with notable repetition. I found Mia to be immature with little development despite the flicks between her childhood and present day as a thirty-something. A good storyline that held my attention but peaked before a withering dragged out ending.

    9. Renita D'Silva says:

      Beautifully written. An exploration of father-daughter relationships and how they shape us.

    10. Megan Jones says:

      Mia is a psychologist who faces her toughest case in the form of Gemma, a teenager who was the last person to see her father before he disappeared. The catch is her father is Christopher Vine, a vital witness in a case to bring down a bigger criminal. The police need to find Christopher desperately and will stop at nothing to find him even if it means using his teenage daughter. Through this Mia finds herself in contact with Patrick, a representative for the police who needs Mia to tell him what [...]

    11. Michelle Ryles says:

      This was a brilliant read - I whipped through it at a lightning pace and was reading long after I should have been tucked up sound asleep in bed. The two main characters were well written and instantly likeable - Mia with her naturally caring demeanour and Gemma with her hard outer shell giving the illusion that she's more grown up than she really feels.Both Mia's and Gemma's stories, despite their similarities, were interesting in their own right, so I was doubly hooked. Both had an odd relatio [...]

    12. Melanie Trevelyan says:

      I read this book in just a few days and it was one of those that you want to continue reading to find out what happens next. Mia is a therapist with great empathy, probably because she has issues in her own past that help to relate to those of the clients she sees. Gemma is a new client, caught up in a case involving some very dangerous people. She is grieving the loss of her Father, who has disappeared with the money of many innocent investors!To complicate matters Mia discovers her own family [...]

    13. Belinda says:

      Mia is a successful psychologist. She is involved with handsome wealthy older man, Marcus, with whom she is looking for a flat for them both to move in with. At work, she receives a new client - a young girl, Gemma, whose father has gone missing. Her dad is a vital witness in a criminal trial, and the evidence he has could convict a master criminal who is responsible for stealing millions of dollars of out pension funds. Mia wants to help Gemma, but hearing about Gemma's relationship with her da [...]

    14. Geraldine says:

      Disappointing. It had many of the attributes of a good book but really wasn't.On the positive side there was a good dramatic arc, decent timeline, and I really couldn't fault the author's writing style - tic free, readable but not simplistic, decent dialogue and so on. And it was adequate enough for me to read to the end rather than abandoning in a fit of cba.Unfortunately, the characters were barely two dimensional. The main one in particular, Mia. We knew she had been to an independent convent [...]

    15. Abi says:

      I really enjoyed this book, finishing it in one sitting!The story is told from the point of view of Mia across two timelines, her past and present. I found both parts of Mia's life to be equally compelling and intriguing, the author had a knack for changing between times at exactly the right moment, always leaving me eager to get back to that part of the story. The majority of characters in this novel are instantly likeable, with the vivid descriptions conjuring images of them easily. So much so [...]

    16. Danielle Stephenson says:

      I enjoyed the flashbacks to Mia's childhood and found that storyline far more engaging than the present day one which is supposed to be the more thrilling. It wasn't very gripping really though I did enjoy the banter and relationship between Patrick and Mia in the present day.

    17. Ms Reader says:

      Good readThe book started a bit slow for me but then it got intense in places and l thoroughly enjoyed it.

    18. Elizabeth King says:

      Listened to this as an audio book about a psychotherapist and a young girl who are both the daughters of controlling, manipulative men. Took a while to get into but by the end I was gripped. Will seek more by this author- there were some lovely turns of phrases to enjoy and I thought the story was emotionally engaging. I kept thinking the story was ending but about two chapters before it did(I couldn't see the percentage complete as I was listening) but nevertheless highly recommended

    19. Rachel Gilbey says:

      There seemed to be almost three stories going on simultaneously in this book. Mia's present day with her current romantic involvements, Mia's past going from childhood until late teens, shown to us in small segments, explaining her troubled relationship with her own father, and then Gemma, Mia's latest 13 year old patient. Gemma, is potentially the key witness in a criminal case, where she is the last person to have seen her father before he disappeared. In her therapy sessions with Mia, we see [...]

    20. marlin1 says:

      Mia is a child psychologist who has accepted to take on the case of being a therapist to Gemma. Her father, an accountant, has disappeared after being caught up in business with a very dangerous character. The police believe Gemma knows where he is, so they want Mia to help them find out if that's the case.When I requested this from Netgalley, I thought it would be a 'psychological thriller'. Sure, Gemma's father has been caught up in some shady business and has gone missing. But really I believ [...]

    21. A Reader's Heaven says:

      (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Mia is a highly successful child psychologist, hoping to be made a partner in the company she works for. But then she accepts a case that will change her life for ever. Gemma is a teenage girl whose father is on the run for embezzlement. The police think Gemma knows where he is and they want Mia to talk to her. Both women are hiding devastating secrets, and both women need the other to survive. The question is [...]

    22. Andrew says:

      I liked the style of writing in this book. It is difficult to label in terms of genre. At one level, it is a novel about parent/child relationships, told through Mia, in a series of flashbacks. Told through Gemma through the main thread of the story.However, it is also more of a crime thriller, with the undercurrents of corruption being investigated by the authorities. This helped to give the story pace.I like the clever use of analogy within the writing, it gives reality and adds style "the way [...]

    23. Donna Jones says:

      This was 100% amazing until it became predictable and boring, maybe thats just me but i kept waiting for the secret ? Mia is a good character and she seems a little messed up but its not as bad as it appears in the build up but the whole book seems that way if im honest its builds but no peak, instead it falls flat. this book doesn't fulfil its desire. im gutted because i was loving it, the build up was perfect for a thriller/ mystery but so very anti climatic. Gemma was well written character b [...]

    24. Jess Penhallow says:

      This book had a fairly engaging plot (enough so that I finished it in two days but that was maybe more due to long train journeys and audible!) But I really couldn't get into the writing style. The dialogue was very repetitive (the author maybe suprised to hear that teenagers had better insults than 'loser' in their vocabulary) and it was often hard to work out who was speaking and when. I also feel like I missed some major plot points during the dialogue that I had to read again to find. Anothe [...]

    25. Victoria Goldman says:

      A Daughter's Secret is a book about complex father-daughter relationships.Mia is a psychotherapist. She has been tasked with finding out the location of 13-year-old Gemma's father, who is on the run from a major criminal trial. Gemma was the last person to see her father and the police are convinced that she is still in contact with him. Meanwhile Mia is struggling with maintain a professional relationship with Gemma, seeing similarities between them as her memories of her own father bubble to t [...]

    26. Cheryl says:

      A Daughter's Secret is a novel told in three voices - Mia, a successful child psychotherapist; Mia's teenage self, recounting her own complicated childhood; and Gemma, one of Mia's recent cases. It is not always immediately obvious at the start of a chapter which voice we are hearing, but this is done on purpose. The two unhappy childhoods with selfish fathers have many points in common and, while we often hear of patients projecting themselves onto their therapists, here it seems more a case of [...]

    27. Lucy McLaurin says:

      I did enjoy this book. But I almost feel that I have to justify that to myself and I don't know why.I think, perhaps, it was because I didn't really take to the characters. There was a lot of Mia in the story - both present day and her past involving her relationship with her father. I feel that this should have endeared me to her but somehow she left me feeling a lack of empathy. This is very unusual in that I usually feel incredible empathy with characters and will cry at the drop of a hat at [...]

    28. Sally Coles says:

      Mia is a psychotherapist and is particularly interested in young patients. Gemma is a disturbed teenager and the police are very interested in talking to her as she was the last person to see her father before he went on the run.Mia has had her own issues in the past with her own father but can she keep these separate from the problems with Gemma or will her professionalism be compromised and is Gemma telling the truth or making up things that she thinks they want to hearA compelling story that [...]

    29. Tina Price says:

      I received this book in return for an honest review. Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley.It is very easy to say this is a five star read, well written tightly plotted and with interesting parallels between the past and the present, it had me interested from the start. The use of the therapist to pin point key moments in the police investigation was, in my opinion, both clever and unusual. The damaged, manipulated and manipulating young client was well described, with merciful mood change [...]

    30. Gareth says:

      I picked this book at random from the recent acquisitions display at my local library. I wasn't familiar with the author but the blurb on the back cover suggested that it might provide the light easy read I needed at the time. However, when I started reading it I almost gave up after the first few sentences. Her style and imagery jarred and I feared they would completely put me off the story. But I persisted and finished it within the week. It's not as challenging a read as I would normally opt [...]

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