Review: The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland

other daughter 2Nine 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…


I have read and enjoyed all titles by Shalini Boland so there’s no way I was going to miss the opportunity to read this one. Glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

The story begins with a heartbreaking scene. A little girl is taken from the park. Her mother, Rachel, is left searching for her and it takes years before news of the little girl comes up again.

What I love about Shalini’s books is that she always creates situations that will make you wonder what you would have done in similar circumstances. I never want to experience what Rachel did but at the same time, I could understand her obsession with finding her daughter.

This was a compulsive read that had me totally focused on the narrative. I wasn’t even trying to jump ahead and guess the twists. My mind was so focused on the mystery. Like Rachel, I needed answers.

The twist and ending turned out to be unpredictable. I missed all the clues until right before the big reveal. The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland is tightly-plotted, well-paced and quite entertaining. Another win by Shalini!


11 thoughts on “Review: The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland

  1. This sounds gripping. I love your comment about her books creating situations that will make you wonder what you would have done in similar circumstances. That is so true. Wonderful review Diana.

    1. Thank you, Carla. She writes so well that it becomes easy to picture oneself in the character’s situations although I pray never to find myself in such circumstances in real life 🙂

  2. I own this one! Just need some time to get to it. My computer crashed recently so I’ve just got a shiny new one!

    1. Sorry about your comp but glad you got a new one already 🙂 I hope that you will enjoy this title when you get the chance to read it, Holly.

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