Title: Here Lies Daniel Tate
Author: Cristin Terrill
Rating: 4 Stars
It’s been six years since ten year old Daniel Tate disappeared without a trace from the elite gated community without a trace in California. Since then, his family deteriorated in a cloud of secrets, drugs, and alcohol. Then one day, he reappears in a Canadian town, traumatized and no memory of his previous life. It’s a miracle that he’s even alive at all.
Except that he isn’t Daniel Tate. He’s a con artist who can’t believe his lies are so readily accepted. But it’s not long before he realizes that he’s not the only one in the Tate household with secrets, and he must discover the truth before he’s revealed for what he is…or be killed for it.
If you think Cristin Terrill’s Here Lies Daniel Tate is based on the case featured in the documentary “The Imposter,” then you’d be absolutely correct, albeit a few changes so that it’s not exactly the same in certain spots.
From the very beginning, “Danny” sucks you into his story, an unreliable one at best. The writing is fluid, the mystery is suspenseful. It was very hard to put it down in order to do other things. The ending is very ambiguous and left me unsatisfied as I wanted to have a more concrete ending. Most times this is the reason for me not liking a book, but this is the one book that I will make an exception for.
For those who are into thrillers, mysteries, or crime, this is the book that you should invest in reading. I might even consider reading it again on a future date just so I can soak in the details more slowly and have benefit of knowing what’s happening at the end, connect a few more dots.