A Terrifying Story of Love, Obsession and Psychological Meltdown.
An estranged father’s weekend with his beloved five-year-old daughter turns into a nightmare when she gets into the lift of a city centre tower block and goes down without him. She vanishes without a trace. It sets off a race against time, and a nationwide manhunt, to find her. As the police investigation closes in, suspicion falls on those closest to her - with devastating consequences. Daddy Dearest is a terrifying story of love, obsession and psychological meltdown.
'My daughter has always had a thing about lifts. There’s something about the thrill of pressing a button and seeing the lift doors close which excites her imagination. It terrifies me. Every time she walks in, I imagine it’s the last time I’ll see her. What if she hits the button before I get there? What if the lift doors close and I can’t get her out? It drives me nuts. There are eight floors in the Sears building, nine if you count the basement, and the lift is fast: more like a fairground ride, really. It does top to bottom in twelve seconds. I’ve timed it. Taking the stairs, I’ve done it in forty-two. That leaves a gap of thirty seconds. You’d be surprised what can happen in that time. I was.'
Reviews of Daddy Dearest
‘An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end.’
‘A sinister thriller with countless twists. Be prepared to pick your jaw off the floor every 15 pages or so, because this book will grab you by the throat and not let go. The last 25 pages fly by, because by that time the entire house of cards is crumbling. The ability to mastermind the psychological meltdown of a character and artfully wind it into a gripping storyline is a gift most authors don’t possess, but Paul Southern does in spades.’
Self-Publishing Review, 5 STARS
‘DADDY DEAREST’s unreliable narrator makes this psychological thriller a compelling read.’
‘A child gets into a lift …… a race against time it certainly is. With a different style of narration this is certainly a thriller that works so well. The cover is intriguing and at 245 pages not one is wasted. While reading it does take a lot of attention and that only adds to the challenge. There are lots of twists and turns making it a real page turner. The characters are well developed and help to create a very atmospheric read. Edge of the seat stuff certainly, there are lots of surprises and twists and turns. To have a child go missing is the nightmare of every parent and Paul Southern deals with this very successfully, it is so well crafted all the way through. So clever, so emotive, so readable. I look forward to more from Paul Southern, a recommended read!’
The Kindle Book Review
‘Paul Southern has a knack for taking humanity and presenting it on a truth-colored torture tool with a dash of added realism and gag-reflex inducing details...Well done Paul Southern, you wrote the whole world with its good and bad and evil and innocent into one book.’
Cover to Cover (Blog)
‘A fabulous psychological thriller! Everything about this book is compelling.’
A Line from a Book (Blog)
‘The story is compelling and is told in a unique way.’
Ron Hervey’s Whodunit (Blog)
‘Just when you think you’ve worked it out, the author throws yet another curve ball at you, completely knocking you off kilter. This was a great read.'
I Always Believed in Futures (Blog)
‘a roller-coaster ride for the mind’
Book Lovin’ Alicia (Blog)
‘This book totally sucked me in and spit me out and now I don’t really know what to do with myself.’
City Girl Scapes (Blog)
Napoleon Split (Blog)
’you will be taken on an emotional journey that is so thrilling that you will be unable to put this book down.’
Pretty Little Book Reviews (Blog)
‘Definitely give this book a read, it's the best book I've read this year!’
Rebbie Reviews (Blog)
‘My emotions were run ragged throughout. I felt fear, anger, despair, worry — so many emotions!!’
Crime Book Junkie (Blog)
‘a mesmerising novel that will grab you right from its outset...If you're looking for a thriller that thinks outside the box then this is the book for you. It will make you question your own thought process and I recommend that you give it a try.’
The Haphazardous Hippo (Blog)
‘Daddy Dearest is a fast-paced psychological thriller with twists and turns I never saw coming. Even though our nameless protagonist is a despicable human being, I can’t help but sympathise with him...Paul Southern takes those horrible little thoughts that sliver into the back of our own conscience sometimes; ones we don’t like or dare to think about, let alone speak out loud because they’re completely unethical. He takes them and puts them out there throughout the mind of a middle-aged man...I can highly recommend this book to people who aren’t afraid of learning about the dark undercurrents of the human mind.’
Inked Brownies (Blog)
‘This is one very clever story which totally got in my head. Just when I thought I had worked it out another twist is throw in. The author took me on one hell of a journey with this page turner novel.’
Chelle’s Book Reviews (Blog)
‘A psychological thriller that will draw you in and keep you rooted and leave you feeling haunted and disturbed.’
'a thrilling novel sure to send you through the emotional and mental ringer'
Charmed Book Haven Reviews (Blog)
‘Daddy Dearest is a gripping psychological thriller, with clever manipulations of your emotions towards the main character. In my opinion, it is much better than some of the books of the same genre that are raved about (The Girl on the Train, for example) and deserves to become more well known. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a dark and twisted read which grips you from the start.’
Alice and the Books (Blog)
Daddy Dearest is a thriller that will not just thrill you but shock you.'
The Page Hungry Bookworm (Blog)
'If you like to have your mind messed with a little bit, then settle in and get comfortable, because this is the book for you.’
Forever Lost in Literature (Blog)
'a really clever and well thought out novel’
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