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2.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 5 2.90 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary E. DeMuth Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Defiance, Texas Trilogy Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780310302339
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The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of control—Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is haunted by dreams of Daisy while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis. In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom. Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God’s surprising redemption. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 2/11/2014

    " This book makes me angry. Why are some parents abusive and others neglectful? Why do people use the Bible to hurt the ones that they should love? I won't be reading the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela Pridemore | 1/24/2014

    " I didn't finish this one. It had nothing to do with the book - just not in the right frame of mind for this one right now. I will read it later! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a lot of things going on in it, and I'll look forward to reading the "rest of the story." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/17/2014

    " Daisy Chain tells the story of a 14 year old boy's struggles after his best friend, 13 year-old, Daisy disappears. Her last request of him had been for him to walk her home and he had refused to do so because he was late getting home already and feared his father's punishment. He blames himself for her disappearance right after he left her at the ruins of a church. His struggles with her disappearance are portrayed against the problems he faces in his own home with an abusive father who is also a pastor and a mother who has turned to sleeping and headaches to escape her husband's abuse. Jed is very close to his younger sister and sees himself in the role of protector for both her and his mother but is often unable to do which causes him to feel like even more of a failure. The author has done an awesome job of portraying Jed's inner turmoil and spiritual struggles in the midst of all these difficult situations. The intensity with which she portrays Jed really drew me in to the point where I had to put the book down at times because I couldn't bear the fear and abuse he lived with on a daily basis with his father. His spiritual struggles are ones that most people would be able to identify with. This book is definitely not one with all the answers or even a happy ending. The only thing I did not like about the book was that the ending really left me hanging. I was not expecting that and was disappointed in it. Because of that, I only rated it 3 stars instead of 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/14/2014

    " Really beautiful beginning with great characters, but it begins to really slow in the middle as it moves into being more of a meditation on faith than a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie Wood | 1/10/2014

    " Didn't seem to end the story. Trying to make it into a series? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Rabbitt | 12/20/2013

    " Mary has done the impossible. She's written a character I remember. Since I recall very little of what I read, to remember the two main characters in Daisy Chain is notable. She's written a complex realistic story that will break some of our stereotypes of abusers while instilling compassion for their victims. And maybe we'll even understand abusers, too, rather than writing them off as wholly evil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lillie | 11/25/2013

    " I don't like books that don't have a satisfying ending. To read the entire book and end up having to wait for the next book in the series to know what happened disappoints me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/2/2013

    " Great story. A little slow in the middle but the ending was very gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/10/2013

    " Interesting mystery into the death of a 12 yr old girl. Loads of characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica McCauley | 11/17/2012

    " Mary is a master storyteller. Her characters are so very well developed it feels like you know them personally, this is a very rare thing. I enjoy Mary's books enormously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mique Frain | 7/16/2012

    " OH. MY. GOSH. I'm in love. <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Doherty | 6/13/2012

    " This book lacked the kind of closure I want from this style of book. But as the first in a trilogy perhaps that was the intent? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/4/2012

    " Cant wait to read book 2! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Vasquez | 3/15/2012

    " Fabulous book! The story line and the characters captured my heart and wouldn't let go! Cannot wait to read the next book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 1/6/2012

    " The audiobook narrator was good but that's the only positive thing I have to say about this book. SUPER religious, no resolution. Not my kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brook | 10/9/2011

    " This book made me mad because I was fully expecting the mystery to be solved at the end and it was NOT! I did like the little sister. She is a great character who should have a series of her own. It was just too dark and unhappy for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 6/28/2011

    " Didn't finish - couldn't get into this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth_Krisiewicz | 3/19/2011

    " It was free on kindle, but I must admit, I would not recommend to anyone else. I am glad it was free. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 3/17/2011

    " NOt the best I ever read, got to its logical conclusion by way of Nova Scotia. Too much family abuse in between. I am told it is a trilogy - not sure I will read the other two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 3/16/2011

    " Jumped right into this. Excited that it's the first in a trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 8/31/2010

    " BEST of the trilogy by far, BUT of course you have to finish the other 2 to find out the answers to all of the questions! & the others aren't too bad, either! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 8/19/2010

    " Really beautiful beginning with great characters, but it begins to really slow in the middle as it moves into being more of a meditation on faith than a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/4/2010

    " Didn't seem to end the story. Trying to make it into a series? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 8/1/2010

    " I didn't finish this one. It had nothing to do with the book - just not in the right frame of mind for this one right now. I will read it later! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mich | 7/28/2010

    " didnt catch me like her other one did... eh.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Readnponder | 7/23/2010

    " I thought the characters in this book were well-drawn (although I do NOT like some of them). However, the reader who expects everything to be resolved by the end of the book will be disappointed. But isn't life like that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 5/22/2010

    " This book gives you a lot of insight into the characters and why they are the way they are. It is however depressing. I kept hoping the sun would come out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/12/2010

    " Good for a plane ride, otherwise not a favorite. "

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About the Author
Author Mary E. DeMuth

Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain.  She’s also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. She’s passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.