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What: “Daisy Darker” by Alice Feeney

Why: This suspense thriller opens with all of Daisy Darker’s family members returning to her decaying Gothic house for her 80th birthday after many years avoiding each other. The tension begins to build as we learn the house is cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours every day as the tide comes in plunging the narrow spit of land connecting it to the mainland under water. Feeney, a New York Times best-selling author known for her total mastery of plot twists, reveals each family member’s individual secrets as they grudgingly arrive to celebrate Nana’s birthday.

At the stroke of midnight – as a storm rages – Nana is found dead.  Soon, another family member is discovered murdered. The tide has come in, washing away any exit from the property. Now trapped, they are being picked off one by one. The family is forced to confront their hidden past while the tidal time clock continues to tick.

This clever nod to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is haunting yet refreshingly reinvented. The numerous plot twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat. This classic thriller is well worth the ride.

Where: This is available in regular and large print, audiobook on CD, e-book and e-audiobook from the Monroe County Public Library system.

How: You can request books online by logging in to your account and get e-books and e-audiobooks 24/7 at If you don’t have a card, you can visit your local branch or register online to get one. Questions? 

Recommended by: Nancy Truesdale, library associate, Key Largo Library branchSee previous recommendations at