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