I review Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra.
Many thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for an ARC.
In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman’s dark past becomes another’s deadly future
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.
I really had no idea what to expect from this book. My heart was in my mouth for most of the ride, and I devoured the book in one sitting. Fast-paced and gripping, Only Daughter will take you on a wild journey filled with secrets, lies, and terror.
The characters are incredible, particularly our protagonist, whose real name we don’t know, but who from now on will be referred to as Fake-Bec. Running from her own secrets and past, Fake-Bec becomes Bec in an attempt to escape her own life, and herself, completely.
Although what Fake-Bec does is misguided at best, you can’t help but like her. She worms her way into Bec’s family, posing as their loving daughter and sister, but along the way she senses that something isn’t quite right. Where did Bec go? Is she dead, grabbed from the street? Is she being held somewhere? Can her old friends be trusted, or will they realise that Fake-Bec is, well, fake? And who is texting her phone, warning her to get away?
I won’t give anything away, but you will not believe what happens. Or, I should say, how it happens. I couldn’t have guessed the outcome, but I didn’t try, because I was so absorbed in the story Snoekstra has presented us with.
I always hesitate to compare books to other popular ones, but Only Daughter has the potential to be as big as Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train, and Before I Go To Sleep. If it isn’t made into a movie or a TV show, I’ll be surprised. I sincerely hope it reaches the right audience, and Snoekstra receives the praise she deserves. An excellent thriller, so good it will send shivers down your spine. Read it.
Only Daughter will be released on 20th September.