Book Review: The Torturer’s Daughter by Zoe Cannon

When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca Dalcourt assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.

To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.

When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.

It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER’S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
The Torturer’s Daughter really makes think about right vs. wrong. It’s a gripping novel about a world in which the government wants complete control over its citizens and will do anything, including killing people, to keep order.
It starts with a frightening phone call and the book stays suspenseful throughout.
The main character, Becca, the torturer’s daughter, was a naive girl before that phone call. After that night, her world changes and she questions everything about her beliefs, her friends, her mom, and her government. What she goes through is heart-wrenching and I felt so frustrated because the poor girl has no one to confide in without taking a chance on being executed or getting her friends executed.
The Torturer’s Daughter is a disturbing and thought-provoking dystopian novel that I couldn’t put down. It’s definitely a young adult novel you don’t want to miss. 
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About the Author:
Zoe Cannon writes about the things that fascinate her:
outsiders, societies no sane person would want to live in, questions with no
easy answers, and the inner workings of the mind. If she couldn’t be a writer,
she would probably be a psychologist, a penniless philosopher, or a hermit in a
cave somewhere. While she’ll read anything that isn’t nailed down, she
considers herself a YA reader and writer at heart. She lives in New Hampshire
with her husband and a giant teddy bear of a dog, and spends entirely too much
time on the internet.

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