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The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson

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A tense, evocative thriller set on the freezing banks of the Thames. A woman reconnects with her dead father by solving the murder case that obsessed him in life.

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The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson

Kate Rokesmith's decision to go to the river changed the lives of many. Her murder shocked the nation. Her husband, never charged, moved abroad under a cloud of suspicion. Her son, just four years old, grew up in a loveless boarding school. And Detective Inspector Darnell, vowing to leave no stone unturned in the search for her killer, began to lose his only daughter. The young Stella Darnell grew to resent the dead Kate Rokesmith. Now, thirty years later, Stella is dutifully sorting through her father's attic after his sudden death. The Rokesmith case papers are in a corner, gathering dust: DI Darnell must have copied them when he retired from the force. Stella knows she should destroy them. Instead, she opens the box, and starts to read...


'Skilfully evokes the era and slow-moving childhood summers ... A study of memory and guilt with several twists'

'This is a haunting novel about loss and reconciliation, driven by a simple but clever plot.
The Sunday Times

'This book has a clever mystery plot - but its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable...
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About the Author

Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was published in 2013 and sold over 300,000 copies.

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2nd January 2014


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416 pages


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