CELTICLADY'S REVIEWS: The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt Release Spotlight!   

07 February, 2017

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt Release Spotlight!


What if YOU were the worst crime your mother ever committed?
 
That’s just one of the questions at the heart of Alexandra Burt’s atmospheric, thought-provoking new novel debut novel THE GOOD DAUGHTER (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; February 7, 2017).  Here is a psychological thriller that delves into the darkest corners of the heart and challenges traditional ideas about the bond between mother and child.
 
Burt’s first novel, Remember Mia struck a chord with readers and reviewers alike when it came out last summer.  Oprah.com called it “too addictive to put down,” and Meg Gardiner praised it as a “twisty, gripping read.”  Like Burt’s debut, THE GOOD DAUGHTER stands out in a crowded field, combining pulse-quickening action sequences with deeply felt, acutely insightful ruminations on the psychology of her characters.
 
Dahlia Waller remembers an early childhood filled with stuffy cars, seedy motels, and traveling the country under assumed names before mysteriously settling in Aurora, TX.  But as an adult, having distanced herself from her mother, she has so many questions.
 
Upon her return to Aurora, Dalia finds a parent on the brink of psychosis.  And when she discovers her mother’s purse by the road next to an abandoned farm—and stumbles upon three grave-like mounds in the backyard—she is more confused than ever. As Dahlia starts digging into the mysteries of the present and chasing ghosts of the past, she begins to question: What if her existence is somehow tied to something terrible her mother did?  Who was her mother, and who was her family, before she was born? 
 
With fascinating, off-beat characters that span several generations and a “Texas gothic” setting that adds tension to this mysterious story THE GOOD DAUGHTER will keep you turning pages as Dahlia tries to make sense of her mother’s rapid descent into madness. 



Alexandra Burt is a freelance translator and the international bestselling author of Remember Mia. Born in Europe, she moved to Texas twenty years ago. While pursuing literary translations, she decided to tell her own stories. After years of writing classes and gluttonous reading, her short fiction appeared in fiction journals and literary reviews. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.

The advance praise keeps rolling in for this haunting, epic novel:
 
“An eerily beautiful novel…Alexandra Burt fills the Texas woods with her haunting prose and multiple layers of faithfulness, blood ties and betrayals. The suspense draws you in those woods and keeps you there until the final page.” Kathy Hepinstall, author of Blue Asylum
 
“In THE GOOD DAUGHTER, Alexandra Burt expertly weaves a rich tapestry of a story that is surprising at every turn and impossible to put down
I was incredibly impressed with her ability to take seemingly unrelated threads and connect each one to the core of the story. Excellent read!” Rena Olsen, author of The Girl Before
“A stunning read from a superb storyteller.” ~Clare Mackintosh, international bestselling author of I Let You Go and the upcoming I See You
“THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Alexandra Burt is stunning. Every landscape, from rural Texas to the dark past of the characters, is intricately and beautifully crafted, pulling you in from the very first page to the very last. Rarely do we get to enjoy psychological suspense with such extraordinary descriptive narration. It's a wonderful read!” ~Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten
“THE GOOD DAUGHTER pulled me in tight and didn’t let go. Eerie and wrenching, it’s a captivating story of love, obsession, and the power of secrets.” ~Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author
 
Praise for Alexandra Burt’s debut thriller Remember Mia:
 
“Too addictive to put down…Skip your morning coffee as you read this one. Your heart will pound a little faster with every page.”
~Oprah.com
 
“{A} twisty, gripping read…beautifully written and impossible to put down.”
~ Meg Gardiner
 
“As riveting as Gone Girl, but with an even sharper emotional edge…the fast-paced plot, psychological intrigue, and engrossing twists will have you flipping pages
faster and faster.”
~Kelly Jones, author of Lost and Found in Prague
 

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