ARC Review :: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra


Title: Only Daughter
Author: Anna Snoekstra
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Edition Read: Kindle
Pages: 288
Published: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Mira

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29095402In 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.


Wow! What a crazy suspenseful thriller! I’m not sure what drew me to this book to begin with, (I think it was the title), but I’m so glad I was able to receive an advanced reading copy. When opening the first page, I had no idea what kind of twisted mind games this book was getting ready to play on me… And that’s exactly what it did: played me and tugged me back and forth like a rope during a game of tug-o-war. It was awesome!

The POV switches between the real Bec (2003) and the “fake” Bec (2014). Even though fake Bec was attempting to be real Bec, you could easily differentiate their personalities. And honestly, I wasn’t very fond of our main character, fake Bec, who remains completely anonymous throughout the entire book. She was an emotionless shell of a human. I found her personality to be quite dull and uninteresting, but I feel the author did this on purpose so we could see how out of touch with reality this girl truly was. Real Bec, on the other hand, I actually felt sympathy for. And found myself hoping that she would get the justice she deserved.

Unfortunately, I happened to be in a slight reading slump when I started this book, so it took me a lot longer to get through it than it normally would have. This was in no way any fault of the book itself. It stayed interesting all the way to the end. The plot was sickeningly twisted… even quite gruesome at some points (which I loved). And about halfway through is when I was literally hanging on the edge of my seat, getting antsy and anxious, thinking I knew the answer, only to be proved wrong… yet again.

I give the author, Anna Snoekstra, kudos on the writing. In no way was it poetic or beautiful, but she sure knows how to write and set a thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. She leads you on, and leads you on, and then BAM! All of a sudden you find out you’re wrong again!

Snoekstra slayed this one! This was an absolute 4.5 swords for me, rounded up to 5 (because it deserves it!) If you’re into thrillers that keep you guessing, then Only Daughter is for sure a book you want to read.

*I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

Date Read: 9/16/2016
Rating: untitled-design-12

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27 thoughts on “ARC Review :: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

  1. Great review! I watched a film with a similar premise once and I think it might have been based on true events. A boy was kidnapped and years later this young man claimed to be him (but clearly wasn’t) and there were lots of twists and turns. I can’t remember what it was called but I don’t want to spoil it in case you ever come across it haha. Anyway, it was really interesting and this book sounds just as good!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I’ve watched movies with the same (or pretty similar) plot line as this book. Not sure if any were the same movie you watched (I can’t remember the titles of them either), but they were good. You would definitely like this book, I think. It will give you the heebie-jeebies!!

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  2. Ooh, five swords…should I use a special star system? Maybe pencils? Or something teacher-y? Do you change it every time? Just curious…
    Glad you liked the book. Sounds like it would keep my interest…though I hate bland characters.

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    1. She’s pretty empty. Emotionally. But it works with the story. Her character was created that way intentionally, I believe. It wouldn’t have worked right with the story if she was anything other than how she was. I definitely think you should give it a try! Especially if you like mysteries. 🙂

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  3. The blurb alone is really interesting. I am glad I read your post because this book definitely sounds like the kind of book I would enjoy. Thanks for the detailed review. Also, I love how you use swords instead of stars for your rating–that’s really creative!👌

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