Review: Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

November 17, 2017 Book Review, Young Adult 4 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Bought in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Here Lies Daniel TateHere Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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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.

I was such a huge fan of Cristin Terrill’s debut, All Our Yesterdays, and have been waiting patiently for a new novel of hers to hit the shelves. This time she hits us with a mystery about a con artist posing as a missing boy.

Our con artist is quite a mystery and we know next to nothing about him before he slides into the role of Daniel Tate, including his real name. He’s a runaway that runs con after con to find himself places to sleep and eat while avoiding detection and discovery of who he really is. But his latest con gets a little away from him so in an effort to avoid getting caught and sent to a psychiatric hospital, he becomes the missing boy Daniel Tate.

The real Daniel Tate has been missing for six years when our mysterious con artist takes over his life. Daniel’s family welcome him to their home as if he is indeed the missing boy and just when he thinks it’s possible he could have it all and not only get away with it but have a family he’s dreamed of, he realizes their might be a few secrets they are hiding that could put him in danger of being caught, or much worse.

The ‘Daniel Tate’ we know was such a complex character. He starts off quite unlikable as someone who seems to have no shame or regard to others. I mean, here he is stepping into the life of someone who has loved ones that have been mourning his disappearance, seemingly okay with breaking their hearts all over again if he needs to move on or if he gets caught. But he really grows as a person and starts to feel a little guilt as he bonds with some of the family members. Because really he has been so alone in his real life until now and even though the family is quite dysfunctional, it is still a family. This story is layered with secrets and mysterious characters and I loved pulling them all back piece by piece in this crazy thriller ride it took me on as we try to discover what happened to the real Daniel. Though certain pieces of the puzzle were more obvious, there were still details that left me guessing until the very end. And man, that ending! Definitely dark and trippy and makes the read so dynamic!

Here Lies Daniel Tate was very different from the authors first novel but alike in its amazingness! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Grab this novel up if you are in the mood for a good thriller!



About Cristin Terrill

Cristin Terrill has a bachelor of the arts degree from Vassar College and a master of the arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. She currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing workshop for kids and teens. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is her first novel.

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