Publication Date: Available Now from Harlequin UK
Source: Review Copy
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.
Only Daughter is a fast and intriguing read, the kind of twisty turny thriller that keeps you turning the pages to see whats what. In this case a girl trying to get herself out of hot water finds herself in a true “Out of the frying pan into the fire” moment as she infiltrates a family that is not her own.
It was an interesting concept – the author cleverly tells us not much about this girl, the fake “Bec” – we don’t know her name or anything useful. The story is all centred around the real Bec still missing. As the imposter and the actual girl tell the story the different threads start to come together. In that sense it works really well.
There is a sense of menace throughout the read – Becs family are definitely odd – the fake Bec is not exactly a picture of normality herself. It keeps things interesting for sure as she starts to look into her counterparts disappearance. At the same time we hear from the real girl in past days leading up to when she went missing and a dark picture starts to emerge.
Only Daughter is not perfect – some suspension of disbelief is required especially in the ultimate fast and sudden resolution – but it is a page turner that keeps you immersed throughout. Things do take an even darker turn in the final parts of the novel with some violence that may disturb – the whole story has an underlying creepiness to it that I found kept me on edge, this is what I liked most about it.
If you love a good psychological thriller then Only Daughter is definitely worth a punt – cleverly twisty and not hugely predictable, I read it in two sittings and muchly enjoyed it.
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