Today I am delighted to take part in the blog tour for Only Daughter that was released yesterday.
About the Book
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 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.
Only Daughter was a much more sinister novel than I expected
The story takes place in two different times, when Bec disappears in 2003 and in 2014 when a woman claiming to be her is arrested for shoplifting. Each chapter shows a little more from each woman’s story and the danger that they are in.
The story concerning the younger Bec is particularly intriguing. She has a good relationship with her best friend but often feels invisible at home. She is excited about her coming birthday, hoping that Luke her work colleague will ask her to go out on a date. But she is also unsettled by certain things, a feeling of being watched and a fear that the bush fires are too close.
You have no idea of the woman who is impersonating Bec’s real identity, not even her name or the reasons why she is hiding. She refuses to help the police with their enquiries about the abduction or see hypnotists etc, knowing that she won’t be able to fool them.
I enjoyed this novel. As with a lot of books that are set over a couple of different times or individual’s accounts it always switched at a crucial point. There was a threat present through all of the novel especially when the shocking truth about what happened in 2003 was revealed. Definitely a chilling storyline that I did find quite upsetting.
I did like both Becs. The younger one was a mixed up teen who wanted to keep everybody happy, especially her younger brothers. The older one knew that what she was doing was wrong but she wanted to be a good daughter/ sister to the family she claimed was hers. I thought the ending was great, especially after what was revealed towards the end.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received and for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.