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Yes, My Darling Daughter

A Novel

Margaret Leroy

Picador

Every once in a blue moon, a masterful writer dives into gothic waters and emerges with a novel thatlike Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Minette Walters’s The Breaker, and Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend—simultaneously celebrates and transcends the tradition. Welcome Margaret Leroy to the clan.
 
What’s the matter with Sylvie?
 
Such a pretty girl. Four years old; well loved by her young mother, Grace. But there’s something . . . off about the child. Her deathly fear of water; night terrors; most of all, her fixation with a photo of an Irish seaside town called Coldharbour.
 
“Sylvie, tell me about your picture.  Why’s it so special, sweetheart?”  My heart is racing, but I try to make my voice quite calm.
 
“That’s my seaside, Grace.”  Very matter-of-fact, as though this should be obvious.  “I lived there, Grace.  Before.”
 
Haunted and haunting, Yes, My Darling Daughter is a wonderfully original, deliciously suspenseful mystery, "a haunting book and a tantalizing read" (The Providence Journal).

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IT'S PLEASANT HERE in Karen's kitchen, talking about our children, sipping chardonnay, with before us on the wide oak table the wreck of the children's tea. I glance around the circle. You can tell that everyone's dressed up in honor of the party-Fiona has glittery earrings, Michaela is wearing a clingy wrap top that frames her lavish cleavage. But only Karen has a proper costume: she always feels that as hostess she has license, and today she's a rather glamorous witch, in a black chiffon frock with a raggedy hem and with lots of Rouge Noir on her nails. Behind her on the

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Praise for Yes, My Darling Daughter

“Stunning . . . gothic fiction at its best.”--Katherine Bailey, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
 
“Eerily lovely. . . one of those rare books you'll sit with till your bones ache.”--Cathleen Medwick, O, The Oprah Magazine

“A poignant ghost story . . . Leroy is an evocative writer who expertly conjures up the cloud of fear enveloping a mother struggling to reach her child.” —Muriel Dobbin, The Washington Times
“Leroy’s fourth novel is engrossing, almost chilling, and yet, a joyous story . . . For literary readers who like a touch of the otherworldly Rebecca in their reading.” —Diane Stresing, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
 
Yes, My Darling Daughter is a charming page-turner. It is Margaret Leroy’s fifth novel, and clearly the work of an accomplished writer—a haunting book and a tantalizing read.” —Lois d. Atwood, The Providence Journal
 
“Fans of old-fashioned gothics will welcome this tale of love, betrayal and death from British author Leroy . . . Leroy’s prose lures readers into a disturbing murder mystery. Her characters are as realistic and intriguing as her locales in England and Ireland.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Margaret Leroy

  • Margaret Leroy was born in England and studied music at Oxford. She has worked as a music therapist, teacher, and psychiatric social worker. She is the author of four previous novels.

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Yes, My Darling Daughter

A Novel

Margaret Leroy

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