Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth

daisy-chainThe story is about family dysfunction, hidden secrets, friendships, sorrow and God’s redemption.

In 1973, in a small town, Defiance – Texas, Daisy Chan abruptly disappears. Jed blames himself for the disappearance of Daisy Chance, who happened to be his best friend. The one day she goes missing, he didn’t walk her home like he normally does and all because he feared he would upset his dad, whom is the town’s preacher, if he came home late and normally when his dad got upset, Jed gets physically abused and Jed can’t stand up to his dad, not even when he wants to protect his sister and autistic mom. They seem like the picture-perfect family but little did anyone know what’s really going on inside their home. So while having to deal with the abuse at home, Jed has to deal with his guilt too.

So when his best friend goes missing, Jed’s world gets turned upside down. And through is pain, he must learn to overcome his guilt and find redemption.

The characters were compelling and realistic and the book has a very delicate storyline which is a little bit sad as I wished that it could have turned out a bit differently. It was a bit slowly paced but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading. There was just a little bit too much sadness…a missing girl, an autistic mom, a lady dying of cancer, an abusive preacher.

However, there are quite a few missing plot threads & questions that needed to be answered like: Who killed Daisy? Who is hiding in the woods, chasing children? Why Jed’s dad became abusive after he became a preacher?

Who knows maybe these answers will be answered in the second book as Daisy Chain is the first book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy.

If you are into emotional reads, then give this one a try but if you not the type to wait for the plot to unfold in the second or third book (guessing this is what will happen) then give it a miss.

Please feel free to drop a line and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading xxx

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