Book Review : The Other daughter by Shalini Boland

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Thriller


Nine years ago her daughter was taken. And now she’s back.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Holly is playing happily in a pink, plastic playhouse, while her mother Rachel sips coffee and chats with a friend nearby. It should be an ordinary day for all of them. But, in the blink of an eye, it turns into every family’s worst nightmare.

Holly is taken by a stranger and never found.

Nine years later, Rachel is living a quiet life in Dorset. She’s tried to keep things together since the traumatic day when she lost her eldest daughter. She has a new family, a loving partner, and her secrets are locked away in her painful past…until one afternoon when Rachel meets a new school parent Kate and her teenage daughter Bella.

Rachel’s world is instantly turned upside down – she’s seen Bella before. She’d recognize that face anywhere – it’s her missing child. And she will stop at nothing to get her back…

My verdict: Wow what a book, this book is fast paced and at times had the hairs standing on the back of my neck and I hungrily read each chapter and didn’t want it to end. It’s every worst parents worst nightmare when your child goes missing and Boland is both empathetic and gritty in her writing. Told from two narrators it’s like watching a soap opera unfold before your very eyes and you almost don’t want it to end. Boland delves deep into the human mind and how trauma and how we react to it ends up shaping our lives. I didn’t see the big twist at the end and this book stayed in my mind long after I’d finished it. Fans of Gone Girl will love this action packed mystery. You won’t be able to put it down.

Photo belongs to Shalini Boland

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