Gothic Suspense Novel: The Boatman’s Daughter By Andy Davidson
The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson centers on Miranda Crabtree, whose father’s mysterious death in her childhood marks the beginning of a live touched by the supernatural.
This novel reads like an inverted fairytale in which the heroine requires no protection and it is the town, rather than the witch, to watch out for.
Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm.
But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the rhythms of Miranda’s peculiar and precarious life. And when the preacher makes an unthinkable demand, it sets Miranda on a desperate, dangerous path, forcing her to consider what she is willing to sacrifice to keep her loved ones safe.
With the heady myth-making of Neil Gaiman and the heartrending pacing of Joe Hill, Andy Davidson spins a thrilling tale of love and duty, of loss and discovery. The Boatman’s Daughter is a gorgeous, horrifying novel, a journey into the dark corners of human nature, drawing our worst fears and temptations out into the light.
Andy Davidson’s debut novel, In The Valley of the Sun, was a finalist for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel and the 2018 Silver Falchion Award. This novel clearly demonstrates that the author’s debut success was not a one-time thing and he is clearly an extremely talented writer who goes beyond the boundaries of genres to deliver a gripping tale.