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Book Review: Daisy by Terri Peterson

Title: Daisy

Author: Terri Peterson

Publisher: Terri Peterson

Publication Date: Aug. 28 2020

Genres: Thriller

Shelves: Female-authored, Female-fronted, Transgender

The launch of a new series, one that intersects and overlaps with Strange Little Girls – which had its cruel twists of its own – Daisy is a dark and violent crime thriller from Terri Peterson with a transgender protagonist.

This is the story of Daisy Chain, a young woman cast out by her family for being transgender, who falls in with the wrong crowd on the streets . . . and crawls her way to the top as the Snow Queen. She’s a dark, damaged individual, one who comes to indulge in the same drugs that her girls are dealing, even as she finds herself drawn to the violence that comes with the crimes.

What makes this so fascinating is the interplay of the character themes, with Daisy embodying the coming out of a transgender woman, the struggle of a young Asian woman against systemic racism, and the coming up of a crime queen in a man’s world. There’s a lot about her to admire, but there’s also a lot to fear. For all her faults, for all the violence and the law breaking, she still manages to be a sympathetic character.

Strange Little Girls was a dark saga as well, full of dark deeds and marked by dark sexuality . . . but it was also a story of hope and redemption, a trans-positive thriller that was daring, challenging, edgy, and ultimately satisfying. I have every reason to expect The Snow Queen will have that same twisty, ultimately upward arc, especially with the overlap between the two, and I’m eager to discover Poppy‘s backstory next.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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