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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.
Nightmares are had by characters in this book, and I will be having nightmares after reading it!
Only Daughter is a fast paced paced, totally gripping psychological thriller. I went into this book slightly blind, which I think is the way to go with thrillers – the less you know the better. I was pleasantly surprised as to where the plot took me.
While I enjoyed all the twists and turns, many of which I did not see coming, and genuinely did not trust a single character for one minute, the last quarter or so of the book took quite a disturbing turn. Which is where the nightmares will be coming in! I feel compelled to warn readers that there is graphic violence, some against animals. If this is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this one.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because I couldn’t put it down, and definitely did not guess the ending.
Thank you Netgalley, Anna Snoekstra and Harlequin for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.