Only Daughter


In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman’s dark past becomes another’s deadly future 

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.  

She’d been enjoying her 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—a presence in her room at night, 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 impostor is living Bec’s life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends’ names. Playing with her little brothers.

But Bec’s welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the impostor 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.



I loved Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra.  My head was spinning the whole time while reading this book.  Could this really happen?  The story alternates between the present and the past, slowly revealing information about both characters.  The level of suspense in this novel is fabulous all the way to the end.

Sixteen year old Rebecca Winters disappears on her way home from work.  No one has heard from her in years.  The police officer in charge of her case has not given up but is resigned to never seeing her again.  Lizzie, her best friend, has moved on but has not forgotten.

Eleven years later, Rebecca returns, but it’s not Rebecca.  The imposter, desperate to get away from her own life, assumes Rebecca’s identity.  Why not, she has been living on the street for quite some time, virtually starving.  The only way out of the trouble she is in with the police is to become someone else.  And, she can become someone else.  She saw Rebecca’s picture on the news.  Her resemblance is uncanny.

Rebecca’s family is overwhelmed with happiness when they are informed about her return.  Andropolis, the police detective in charge of her missing person’s case wants answers.  Where has she been?  Who kidnapped her?  The imposter knows enough about Rebecca’s disappearance to hold her own for a while, but the detective will not let things rest.

Only Daughter is a fast read and is filled with unexpected twists throughout.  Anyone looking for a good mystery/thriller will enjoy this book.

4/5 stars

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