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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Past and present collide in a thriller that’s creepy, grisly, and impossible to shake. Australian author Anna Snoekstra’s debut novel ambushes the crowded field of domestic noir with the dark-hearted tale of a starving runaway who impersonates a girl who went missing a decade before. The stunt succeeds far beyond her most desperate hopes, landing her in what appears to be a loving Australian household. But as Snoekstra quickly cranks up the suspense, our unreliable heroine starts to uncover a brutal tragedy that looks set to repeat itself.
In 2003, 16-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared from a Canberra suburb. In 2014, a disheveled young woman nabbed for stealing food in a Sydney supermarket stuns police by claiming to be Bec, setting in motion Australian author Snoekstra's suspenseful if flawed debut. The mystery protagonist, who's on the run, isn't really Bec, but simply exploiting their uncanny resemblance. The author ratchets up the tension as the split narrative unreels along dual lines: the final week before Bec vanishes and the days after her doppelganger's appearance. If continuing to stymie police investigation on the one hand and avoiding slips with Bec's loved ones on the other weren't tough enough, the imposter increasingly begins to suspect an even higher-stakes risk falling victim to the same fate as the girl she's impersonating. Though Snoekstra fleshes out her present-day protagonist far less than the phantom Bec, her smooth navigation through the twisty plot propels the reader along until she finally hits the wall with a preposterous denouement.
I loved the ending! Never would have expected it. I had a hard time getting into the book at first, but once I did I couldn’t put it down.
This book is the bomb! I couldn’t put it down. Enjoyed every bit of it. And the end! I couldn’t believe it!! So good!!
Great 1st Book
Only Daughter keeps you guessing and leaves you with an unexpected ending. Over too fast because it was so good.