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…
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!