Yes, My Darling Daughter

Margaret Leroy, Author . Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux $25 (340p) ISBN 978-0-374-12601-8

Fans of old-fashioned gothics will welcome this tale of love, betrayal and death from British author Leroy (The River House ). At first glance, Grace, a single mom, and Sylvie, her bright, lovely child, have a simple, happy life. Though Grace struggles to make ends meet, all is well until Sylvie begins to act out at preschool and with playmates. She has tantrums, makes odd remarks and has an extreme fear of water. As Sylvie’s behavior worsens, Grace is at a loss to explain her daughter’s outbursts. She seeks help, only to find herself and their “lifestyle” to blame. When Sylvie recalls what seem to be past-life experiences, Grace looks up a university professor who’s studied the paranormal in the hope he can resolve Sylvie’s increasingly erratic behavior. Heavy with atmosphere and rich in detail, Leroy’s prose lures readers into a disturbing murder mystery. Her characters are as realistic and intriguing as her locales in England and Ireland. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/16/2009
Release date: 04/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 340 pages - 978-0-312-42934-8
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