Apr 282015
 
Review: The Beautiful DaughtersThe Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart
Published by Atria on Apr 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

Adrienne Vogt and Harper Penny were closer than sisters, until the day a tragedy blew their seemingly idyllic world apart. Afraid that they got away with murder and unable to accept who they had lost—and what they had done—Harper and Adri exiled themselves from small-town Blackhawk, Iowa, and from each other. Adri ran thousands of miles away to Africa while Harper ventured down a more destructive path closer to home.

Now, five years later, both are convinced that nothing could ever coax them out of the worlds in which they’ve been living. But unexpected news from home soon pulls Adri and Harper back together, and the two cannot avoid facing their memories and guilt head-on. As they are pulled back into the tangle of their fractured relationships and the mystery of Piperhall, the sprawling estate where their lives first began to unravel, secrets and lies behind the tragic accident are laid bare. The former best friends are forced to come to terms with their shared past and search for the beauty in each other while mending the brokenness in themselves.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This story sounded like it would be an interesting slow unravelling of a mystery, but I didn’t connect with either of the main characters, and so I DNF’d at the 38% mark.

The first introduction to Adri was exciting as she’s living a nursing life in Africa, but she quickly comes back to the states, and is shown to be rather boring. Most of what I read was her complaining about why she was there, and how she didn’t want to be there. It was annoying, and boring.

Before I quit reading, there was one glimpse into Harper’s current life, but it was enough to make me just ugh and and not want to read more. It was just not appealing.

The basic premise of the book seems to be a very slow revealing of what happened between David, Adri and Harper, but I found I just didn’t care to know. None of the characters caught my attention, and so I chose not continue reading.

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