Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Review: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Inside the Book:

Title: Only Daughter
Author: Anna Snoekstra
Release Date: September 20, 2016 
Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Audio
Source: Netgalley


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 was intrigued by the synopsis of this book as soon as I read it. First of all, thriller/suspense books are my all time favorite. But I wanted to see how the author was going to pull off the fact that 'New Bec' was an imposter, no matter how much she might look like 'Old Bec'. 

'New Bec' did a great job of eluding the police and their questions, especially Detective Andopolis. Of course she had to evade them because she had no idea what happened to 'Old Bec' and wanted to be as vague as possible. Thankfully, due to the fact that she was traumatized for the last 11 years they didn't push too hard in the beginning.

What I wasn't sure of is how she was fooling her immediate family. But, you know right away that something isn't quite right with any of them. Her parents are 'off', and I had a suspicion that I knew why pretty early on. I will say that I wasn't exactly right but was close as to why. 

I loved how the author jumped back and forth between 'New Bec' and 'Old Bec', giving you a glimpse into exactly what was going on in her life as well right before she went missing. The plot is well written and the characters are well developed. But, I did feel that the end tidied up just a little to quickly for my liking.

Overall a good read.

Meet the Author:

Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia to two civil servants. At the age of seventeen she decided to avoid a full time job and a steady wage to move to Melbourne and become a writer. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

After finishing university, Anna wrote for independent films and fringe theatre, and directed music videos. During this time, she worked as a cheesemonger, a waitress, a barista, a nanny, a receptionist, a cinema attendant and a film reviewer.

Anna now lives with her husband, cat and two housemates and works full time writing.

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