Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern

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But the protagonist is riveting throughout. The unsavory atmosphere, too, retains tension, primarily the recurring scene of the seedy basement, where all the tenants dump their trash via chutes. An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end.
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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.'
 

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Published June 1, 2016 245 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 20 2016

But the protagonist is riveting throughout. The unsavory atmosphere, too, retains tension, primarily the recurring scene of the seedy basement, where all the tenants dump their trash via chutes. An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end.

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