© 2018 Alexandra Burt - All Rights Reserved

February 2017 

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
 
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…

“... an eerily atmospheric blend of mystery, suspense, and the paranormal. The Good Daughter is an exploration of how the brain functions—the generation and assimilation of emotions, the interpretation of sensory impressions, the power of suggestion, and the processes of memory, and asks, What do we owe the living and the dead? What is freedom, and does the truth truly set you free?”

 

“This atmosphere inspires a subgenre… East Texas Gothic...(and) joins the ranks of Cynthia Bond’s Ruby and Keija Parssinen’s The Unraveling of Mercy Louis.”

 

Lone Star Book Review By Michelle Newby, NBCC Contributing Editor

July 2015

Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing.

 

Days earlier, Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty in their Brooklyn apartment. There was no sign of a break-in, but all traces of seven-month-old Mia had disappeared. Her diapers, her clothes, her bottles—all gone. 

 

Frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance, Estelle begins a desperate search. But when the lack of evidence casts doubt on her story, Estelle becomes the number one suspect in the eyes of the police and the media.

 

As hope of reuniting with Mia becomes all she has left, Estelle will do anything to find answers: What has she done to her baby? And what has someone done to her?