Blog Tour: MY LOST DAUGHTER by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg [Review]

 

Welcome to the blog tour for Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s new thriller My Lost Daughter.

Lily Forrester, heroine of Mitigating Circumstances, Buried Evidence, and The Cheater, returns in My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. Lily is a successful judge in the Superior Court of Ventura County, California, where she is currently presiding over a high profile murder trial. The ripped-from-the-headlines case involves a young woman accused of killing her child so that she could spend more time partying (think Casey Anthony).

Meanwhile, Lily’s personal life is looking up because, after two failed marriages, she seems to have found a bit of happiness with boyfriend Christopher. Unfortunately, all is not well with Lily’s adult daughter, Shana, who is in her final year of law school at Stanford. In the middle of the trial, Lily receives a disturbing phone call from Shana that leads her to believe her daughter is having a breakdown. Worried about her daughter, but unable to take time away from the trial, Lily makes an impulsive decision that results in Shana being committed to Whitehall, a mental institution. Shana soon finds that Whitehall’s staff is less concerned with treating patients than they are with billing insurance companies for expensive treatments. Heavily drugged and with no access to the outside world, Shana’s only hope is that Lily will realize what is going on at Whitehall and figure out a way to get her out.

I hadn’t read the previous books, so it was through flashbacks that I learned that Lily and Shana have been repeatedly victimized by psycho men (brutally raped, abused, cheated on). This made me wonder how much more misery could possibly be heaped upon these two? As it turns out, quite a bit. As if being locked in a mental institution wasn’t bad enough, there’s a twist that takes things from bad to worse.

My Lost Daughter is one of those anxiety-inducing thrillers that make you feel nervous in the pit of your stomach. The bad guy in this book was truly chilling and opened my eyes to suicide clubs, something I’d never heard of before. One of my favorite parts of the book was the courtroom drama surrounding the murder trial Lily was presiding over. It’s obvious that Rosenberg knows her way around the legal system.

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to follow the story since I’m new to Rosenberg’s books, but I was able to catch up thanks to numerous flashbacks. While they helped me understand what was going on, I will warn you that some of the flashbacks in My Lost Daughter are graphic (I generally try to avoid books about sexual crimes because it’s just not something I want to read about for entertainment).

Another thing that prevented me from enjoying this book as much as I could have was Shana, who is incredibly bratty for a 28-year-old grown woman. Of course, her brattiness helps explain why her own mother would dump her in the first mental institution she could find listed in the phone book. Still, I found it difficult to sympathize since was partially to blame for the predicament she was in.

I think fans of Rosenberg’s previous Lily Forrester books know what to expect and will be pleased with My Lost Daughter. Newcomers might want to check out a few more reviews first: Fiction State of Mind, A Novel Source, and Three Different Directions.

About the author:

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg spent fourteen years in law enforcement, including affiliations with the Dallas Police Department, the New Mexico State Police, the Ventura Police, and the Ventura County Probation Department, where she was a superior court investigator. Her first novel, Mitigating Circumstances, published in 1993, quickly became a New York Times bestseller, as have Rosenberg’s subsequent novels, including Interest of Justice, First Offense, Trial by Fire, and Buried Evidence. Visit her on the Web at www.nancytrosenberg.com

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Forge Books | Pages: 448 | Source: Publicist | Buy on Amazon

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