Monday, September 20, 2010

My Lost Daughter

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sept 14, 2010.
Lily Forrester is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position where she can help those who can’t help themselves. The current case before her is the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year-old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she’s thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, is on the verge of dropping out of law school. Fearing for her daughter’s mental health and pressured by the looming trial, Lily takes Shana to a supposedly prestigious treatment facility.

Which is when things go horribly awry. The institution is far less interested in treating patients than it is in bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees…and they are less than scrupulous about patients’ rights. Lily has to use all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana. And time isn’t on her side, for there is a sociopath who is using the hospital to stay safe.
A sociopath who has decided that Shana is his best new obsession….
In the beginning of the book I was a bit confused as to the importance of the flashback to when the MC, Lily, had an affair and how it fit into the story, but as the book progressed it kind of made sense (although a few things about it could have been omitted).

The second half of My Lost Daughter was by far the best part of the book, after the prologue that is, the web the author had woven up to that point made it quite hard to put down until the very end.
Some of the best written parts of the book were after Lily had her daughter, Shana, committed to Whitehall; and how she was in danger of losing her sanity and her life, but also how she come to both loathe and enjoy her time there, so good.
If I had to pick a favorite character from this book, I would have to go with Mary, even though she was barely in the book I found her to be an interesting character.
My favorite part of the book would have to be the prologue, it was just flat-out thrilling and creepy, but just so well written that I had to read that part, like, twice. .
The biggest complaint I have about My Lost Daughter is that there was entirely too many pages that I had to skip due to questionable content that I was uncomfortable reading about. I was also quite dismayed that there was so much swearing.
Final verdict on My Lost Daughter, good book, but could have been better if it was a little more…well clean. Other than that it was very suspenseful with a satisfying end.

My Lost Daughter earns 3 ½ pineapples. I would have given it a higher score, but there were just too many pages that I had to skip.

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  1. Welcome to the read-a-thon, Orchid! Hope you have a great reading week!

  2. Even if that kind of content is appropriate/true to the story that is being told, I just don't find it appealing either. Thanks for the great review!

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