Wednesday, November 10, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Missing Daughter


When I wake up with the sun in my eyes the morning after my daughter’s birthday party, I know something is very wrong. I go straight to her room but feel a surge of panic when I see an empty bed. Downstairs everything is totally quiet, and the front door is locked. Why didn’t I hear her scream? Who took our little girl?

My husband says I’ve been struggling since Skylar was born and that sometimes I forget things. But I remember every moment of my daughter’s party—including him locking the door after our family and friends left. Yes, we both had a drink and I slept heavily but I know I would have heard my child cry. A good mother always does.

My therapist says I need to stand up for myself. She wants me to confront my husband about the woman I heard him talking to the other night when he thought I was asleep. And about the child’s toy that I found that does not belong to Skylar. Is he hiding something?

But as the hours race by I soon realize I was totally wrong about everything that happened that night. I thought I’d put my past behind me long ago but I was wrong. All I know is this: I’ll do whatever it takes to save my child.

Will you believe me?

A heart-pounding, unbelievably twisty psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on! Fans of Gone Girl, Behind Closed Doors and The Stepdaughter will be utterly gripped.



Title:   Missing Daughter
Author:  Kiersten Modglin
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   350
Date of Publication:   November 8, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

Ginny has had to make a lot of adjustments after becoming a mother. Finding a new friend who ends up becoming her therapist has had mixed results. Her husband Cameron seems a bit different and before long their marriage starts becoming off-center. When their daughter Skylar goes missing, quite naturally they are both in a state of panic.

Ginny might have been experiencing postpartum depression and had attachment issues to Skylar, but the pain she feels when she cannot locate her daughter is bone deep. Meanwhile, with Cameron having sketchy behavior, things certainly are not easy.

In this story we see several issues. Aside from the kidnapping and the marital issues between Ginny and Cameron, there is the important issue that many women can relate to - postpartum depression. As this story progresses, more about Ginny's emotions after having Skylar are expressed, making this story quite relatable. 

In addition to that, Ginny's relationship with Alex as they shift from friends to client and therapist, we see their relationship change and the intensity of Ginny's issues is brought to the fore. The question that begs answering is, does Skylar's kidnapping have anything to do with the therapy sessions, especially since the therapy sessions take on a life of their own.

What a well-written multi-layered story. On the one hand, guessing the kidnapper may seem apparent - don't let that deter you for one minute - as the motive certainly blew everything apart. As far as the characterization in this story went, it was easy to be drawn to Ginny, as her behavior could definitely be related to hormones. Then there was Cameron. And Alex. What tied the three together in this story beyond the apparent relationships and how did they relate to Skylar? This thrilling story will both grab your attention and keep you guessing. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon top-30 bestselling author of award-winning psychological thrillers and a member of International Thriller Writers. Kiersten lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable suspense and her readers have dubbed her 'The Queen of Twists.' A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes super-fan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.


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