Friday, 23 September 2016

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra (Thriller, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

 22nd September 2016, MIRA Ink, 320 pages, Ebook, Review copy

Book summary
In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.

She’d been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen―blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched―though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come.

Eleven years later she is replaced.

A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec.

Soon the imposter is living Bec’s life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends' names. Playing with her twin brothers.

But Bec’s welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the imposter dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter―and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.

Nayu's thoughts 
A good thriller is full of twists and makes me go huh? a lot, all of what this story did. I think it helped that this year I'd watched a drama where an abducted/kidnapped (I never know which is the right term) daughter returns. It gave me background info so I knew how the investigation into Bec's return should go, and how certain characters thwarted standard procedure. What the returned daughter does is outrageous, and her reasons are slowly dripped to the reader as the plot thickens. I wanted to know the full truth..,and when I did I wished I didn't. *shudder* 

There are some psycho ndividuals who had me on edge while home alone after I'd finished reading it. And what is the obsession with authors using cats who come to an unfortunate end? This is the second such book I've read this month using cats in that way. It made me feel sick, and I'm glad I decided to skim read that part as I sensed it would be horrific. 

Despite all that I know I will read it again! I loved the drama, the waiting for the daughter's identity to be unveiled. I really want to know what happens after the end, but I suspect there won't be a sequel. It is awesome and I highly reccomend it, minus the cat scene. The family has issues and then some!  

Find out more on Anna's website.

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