ARCs Update: Reviews (Daisy Darker, The Sentence)+ Received

Hello readers!

Some interesting titles this week, as I try to read a few ARCs to compensate for the stuff I just received, and now I’m back to 80% rating! Success.


Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Pub Date 18 Aug 2022

Okay so I reviewed Nine Lives by Peter Swanson not that long ago, and proceeded to swear off retellings, especially of And Then There Were None (I’ll refer to it as ATTWN). Nothing so far has been able to evoke quite the same atmosphere of ATTWN, and I tend to appreciate better those which are only very loosely inspired by it. But then I saw Alice Feeney had a book out this year and it was a rather close retelling of ATTWN and I immediately requested it – all lessons from the last ARC promptly forgotten.

Daisy Darker tells the story of a family who gathers to celebrate grandma’s 80th birthday on Halloween, in a private island where they’ll be cut off from the rest of the world for several hours. At midnight, grandma is found dead. One hour later, another member of the family dies…

I had such fun reading Rock, Paper, Scissors that I had faith Alice Feeney would at least tell a very entertaining and twisty story. Boy, did she! This kept me turning pages like there was no tomorrow. It’s not a perfect book by any means, there were some pacing issues because of all the flashbacks especially on the first half of the book, but I was so intrigued to find out everyone’s secrets that I just flew threw this. Plus the family’s interactions were so awkward and full of juicy drama. And! Lots of twists, as it’s truly Alice Feeney’s specialty. If you love a good Agatha Christie vibe – including rich-eccentric-person-leaves-a-controversial-will (one of my favorite tropes) – plus you enjoy Gothic, creepy stories, definitely pick this one up!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Pub Date: 20 Jan 2022

This was so different from what I expected! I had not read anything by Louise Erdrich before, and so this took me a bit by surprise – I thought it would be a Gothic novel about ghosts, but it was so much more. This was so funny, and so on-point in its commentary about the prison system, racial inequality, the treatment of native people, while also capturing perfectly the feeling of going through the pandemic in its first year. I was impressed with how much the author managed to pack into a novel that was such a pleasure to read. Also I must have gotten a dozen new book recommendations from it. Really incredible read!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Received ARCs

4 thoughts on “ARCs Update: Reviews (Daisy Darker, The Sentence)+ Received

  1. I loved the Sentence! So eclectic but held together v well by Tookie’s voice. Just a heads-up – you’ve got a review for Our Wives Under The Sea next to Notes on an Execution.

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