Here Lies Daniel Tate

Here Lies Daniel Tate

by Cristin Terrill


A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California’s most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.

Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s initially too traumatized to speak, but he’s alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he’ll recover his memories; all that matters now is they’re together again.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.

He isn’t Daniel Tate.

He’s a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he’s not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.

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How did I feel after finishing reading this book?

Oh my goooood, this book was so messed up!!! I loved it to pieces, it was AMAZING!!! Best book I read this year!

What the hell just happened?
I’m in awe.
I loved her first book, but this one.. this one is even better. 10 stars and all my love, that’s what it gets!

How do I feel now?

Still in love with this story, with the constant guessing, with the unknown, with one of the most unreliable characters in the history of books (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, just roll with it), with that mind blowing ending. I am surely not the only one who went back to reread the last pages to make sure I was on the same page as the narrator. Spoiler alert: I have no idea still!

But let’s get back to the beginning.
Ever since I heard about Cristin having written something new I was greedy to get my hands on this trilling book. And happily, it was the emotional carousel I was looking for, though my expectations have definitely been exceeded.

The downright twisted storyline, the intriguing and multifaceted main character (let’s call him Daniel) and the way I could empathise with him, the eerie family members… I don’t know how to explain it, all my love for this book, or how insanely easy it is to get lost in it. I was (macabrely) delighted to watch how such a messed up character can end up in the middle of this mind bending family, and then completely baffled by the dark, twisted, effervescent even mix.

” All I wanted was a family. All I wanted was to be loved.
But I guess we don’t always get what we want.”

There is not much I can say about it without including major spoilers, but rest assured that you need to dive into this book heads on, blindly. It’s not just a story, it’s an entire experience that will have you make use of all your senses. It will seize you, it will amaze you, it will make your head spin and then spin some more.

The only thing I did not care much for was the romance, but then again it was everything else that won me over, so it’s not like I liked the story less because of it. Similar to Every Day, the romance just made me focus more and better on the other aspects. I was emotionally tangled up in Daniel’s scam, fascinated by the turn of events, and shocked by that questionable ending.

And don’t even get me started on the perfect (English) title, as it marvellously defines the whole story!

I’ve read this book both in English (ARC format, back in 2017) and Romanian (paperback).

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