Review: Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey @ReaFrey_Author @StMartinsPress #BookBestieApproved #bookreview


An absolutely intense and ethically ambiguous tale, you will be questioning what you believe is right and wrong. Such a thin line here, so much questionable morality.

When a 5 year old girl is kidnapped, is it actually what is best for her? Who is the judge of that? What is the line you will cross to protect a child?

I was constantly on edge while reading this book (in a great way) – it made me beautifully uncomfortable and stirred up so much emotion. These two main characters are so well developed – you truly will be immersed in their lives – and you will perhaps even have a very strong response to them as I did. And oh, poor sweet Emma. How I felt for this helpless child.

There is so much to discuss here – right vs. wrong, morality, ethics. If you are looking for a great book club pick, look no further. Loads to discuss here.

I’m thrilled to be able to read and review Rea Frey’s Not Her Daughter with my #6bookbesties as our first group pick. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for our copies! This book is now available!

you can check out my besties’ reviews here:

Jennifer’s review

Holly’s review

Berit’s review

Mackenzie’s review

Kendall’s review


Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes, brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her—far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now Emma is gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?


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  2. jennifertarheelreader · August 21

    I loved your review, Melisa! What you said about the discussion points is right on and it was pleasure discussing this with you! 💗

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  4. Mackenzie · August 21

    Wonderful review, Melisa!! This would be a great book club choice—it has so many interesting themes! I loved reading this together 💕

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Holly B / Dressedtoread · August 21

    Wonderful review Melisa! Enjoyed reading with you!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Diana · August 22

    Wonderful review. This certainly does have interesting themes and I like the fact that it provokes thoughts about what is wrong/right. Currently reading it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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