Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Only Daughter
by Anna Snoekstra

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two storylines that from the beginning the reader knows will eventually converge to make the full novel.  Anna went missing 11 years ago and no body and no clues were left behind.  Now a woman (no spoiler this is known from the beginning) has shown up and decides she wants to be Rebecca Winter and escape her own life, we don't know why we just know she does.  The chapters flipped and flopped between the two storylines and it was easy and obvious to move from one to the other.

Sometimes in books where there are two storylines, I usually like one over the other, in this case I liked them both equally.  I loved seeing what led to Anna's disappearance, that sounds bad in afterthought, but in fiction sense it was interesting to read the days that led up to her disappearing.  I also loved the storyline of the girl who inserted herself into Bec's life and ends up completely immersed in the investigation, but I have to say I was glad that it wasn't easy or obvious for her to figure out what happened to Rebecca.

This was definitely a different kind of mystery and I liked it.  There were just a few tiny moments where I may have rolled my eyes in the convenience of the happenings, but overall a great book.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from MIRA.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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