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The trophy child
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Breckenridge Public Library||DAL (Text)||33500012450631||Main||Available||-|
|Detroit Lakes Public Library||DAL (Text)||33500012450649||Main||Available||-|
|Warroad Public Library||DAL (Text)||35500005838436||Main||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9780802125941 (hardback)
- ISBN: 0802125948 (hardback)
- ISBN: 9780802189882 (ebook)
- Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2017.
|Summary, etc.:||"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 murder. In her unsettling new domestic thriller, The Trophy Child, Daly digs beneath the serene surface of the idyllic suburban Lake District community where families strive for perfection, delivering a suspenseful, surprising 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 an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start 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, dance classes, and 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 falls deeper into drug use. 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"--|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 December #2
Meet Karen Bloom, a fictional version of Amy Chua. This tiger mom lives in suburban England and controls the life of her daughter with clockwork precision. Her son, stepdaughter, and hapless doctor husband are powerless to intervene, as Karen is just too overbearing. Her world starts to come apart, though, after her daughter goes on an almost-forbidden trip outside the house without Mummy. Into the maelstrom that is the Blooms' lives steps the very determined Detective Sergeant Joanne Aspinall, who is tasked with figuring out two crimes involving the family while working to bring a new colleague into the fold. Dr. Bloom's ill-advised decisions create a clandestine connection between his family and DS Aspinall, adding a seamy undercurrent to a tale of secrecy, control, and the depths of motherly love. Daly sometimes veers into clunky metafictional territory when she imparts a detail to the reader in the manner of an actor speaking to the camera, but, overall, this is an enjoyable, well-written tale whose ending readers will not see coming. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.
Paula Daly is the author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, Keep Your Friends Close, and The Mistake I Made. She lives in North West England. The Trophy Child is her fourth novel.
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