Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Title: Only Daughter 
Author: Anna Snoekstra 
Publisher: MIRA 
Source: Publisher 
Published: September 20th, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: 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. 


Australian author Anna Snoekstra's debut novel Only Daughter is a distinct, attention-holding thriller that I read in one sitting. When a young woman is detained after being caught shoplifting, she'll do anything to avoid being arrested. She'll even go as far as to claim that she is Rebecca Winter, the sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared eleven years ago. A girl she just happens to resemble. A girl she is not.

I loved the dual narratives, one from Rebecca 'Bec' Winter as she tells her own story leading up to the day she vanished in 2003 and the other from the imposter who has stepped into Bec's shoes. As the days go by, our imposter cannot help but question what happened to the young woman she masquerades as. As she slips deeper into Bec's skin, she attempts to solve the puzzle that is Bec’s disappearance as well as the mystery surrounding her newfound family and friends.

Another thing that stood out for me was the lengths the imposter went to in order to avoid being exposed and the steps she took to evade the officers investigating her case. The twists, the paranoia, and the foreboding all kept my heart in my throat. I may have begun to suspect what happened, but I wasn't prepared for the depth of it.

I love a well written book filled with suspicious characters, and in Only Daughter, I couldn't trust a single one. But after reading this addictive story, I know who I can trust – author Anna Snoekstra; and I can't wait to read what she writes next.

A huge thank-you to the publisher for providing this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Warning: I'm very sensitive when it comes to certain subject matter (animals), and the inclusion of particular details toward the end were very difficult for me and I had to skim those. But this was only a small part of the story and I understand how the author would feel it necessary to include. I know sensitive readers such as myself would be tempted to skip the book, but I’d recommend skimming over skipping as it is a small but relevant portion and the overall story is a fascinating one. 
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  1. I'm really curious about the animal thing now.... but this sounds like a really good read and I totally love the premise. Its always a good read when you literally cannot trust anyone. Great review Wifey pants.

  2. Oh gosh, I love a good thriller and the unreliable narrators are always such a head trip. I don't think though that I can handle the animal abuse because I am way too sensitive right now. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. This sounds fascinating and I do love a good page turner. Bet I will be biting my nails! I appreciate the tip for those of us that are sensitive to animals. I will skim that part too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. It does sound like a great read. Thanks for the warning though. I am very sensitive to that type of thing.

  5. Great review! I had a really hard time with the animals in this one as well. Ultimately, the plot didn't quite captivate me but I'm glad it worked for you


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