ARC Book Review: Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern


ashley | When Paul Southern contacted us about his book Daddy Dearest, I was immediately intrigued. I haven’t read a good thriller in a little while and this sounded a bit different than what I was used to and certainly ended up much different than I was expecting. In a good way.

First off, the written voice is quite unique. It might not work for a lot of people, but I loved it. It kind of bordered a stream of consciousness, though it didn’t go all the way down the rabbit hole, and it was certainly all over the place. Our narrator is telling us his story about the day his daughter went missing, but as he goes along, he keeps revealing small confessions or little details that have a huge impact on the case or where you thought the story was going. It’s not difficult to follow, it’s not too complicated, but it’s certainly not a straight ahead read and I really liked this challenge, it kept me on my toes and really made it so it was hard to pinpoint exactly what was happening. This was done incredibly well.

It’s hard to speak to anything in the story without giving anything away. Like I said, there’s a lot of small details that weigh heavily on the overall who-dunnit, so I want to give as little of that away as I can. But I will say this was very addicting. Around every corner was another surprise and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I loved how this kept me on my toes; I loved how I foolishly didn’t expect the unexpected. It all seemed pretty simple, but also so unlikely that it never crossed my mind. This book totally sucked me in and spit me out and now I don’t really know what to do with myself.


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yesterday!! june 1, 2016 

copy provided for honest review by
paul southern, author