Book Review: The Killer’s Stepdaughter by Caroline Taylor

This is a suspense thriller story about how hatred and deception can turn any relationship into a dangerous web of lies and murder.

Maddy intensely dislikes her stepsister, Felicity. She schemes and is selfish. All she can think of is herself. But circumstances seemingly change Maddy’s view towards Felicity.

Surprisingly, Maddy travels from Washington, D.C. all the way down to New Orleans to attend her stepsister’s murder trial. Why does she do this? Is it because Maddy really wants to give her moral support, given that her stepmother can’t attend the trial? Or is it to gloat?

If things weren’t complicated enough, during the trial, Maddy learns that Felicity’s daughter, Danielle, was kidnapped a while back and is missing. However, Felicity seems to be indifferent to her daughter’s disappearance. This raises all kinds of questions. Could it be because Felicity is occupied with her trial? Or is it something else?

Regardless, Maddy undertakes the task of trying to find Danielle. She starts a cross-country search for her niece through an ex-detective, Peter O’Toole. Can he find Danielle alive? Did Felicity commit murder? There are so many questions and no answers but instead presents more and more intrigue.

As the story progresses, Detective O’Toole adds even more spice to the story. He makes the reader wonder if there is an attraction growing between him and Maddie. The camaraderie between them seems quite beautiful. It certainly kept me drawn to the story even more. O’Toole seems a lot more than an objective detective. He seems to have feelings of compassion for Maddy.

The reader is taken on a plot line like no other. The characters are complicated and undermining. No one ever knows where their true allegiances lie or what they are up to until the very last page. This is the mark of a master storyteller.

I love a page turner like this. It is a story that has so much suspense that I was sitting at the edge of my seat the whole time. I started reading the book in the evening, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it. I can’t wait to read more stories by Caroline Taylor.