Only Daughter

Only Daughter

Book - 2016 | First printing
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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 impostor 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 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. As the pretender walks in Rebecca's shoes, she realizes that whoever is responsible for Bec's disappearance is still in her life. In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman's dark past becomes another's deadly future.
Publisher: Ontario, Canada Mira Books, 2016.
Edition: First printing
ISBN: 9780778319443
Branch Call Number: FIC SNOEKSTR
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 13, 2019

2016; Mira/HarperCollins

In 2003, sixteen year old, Rebecca Winter vanishes after her shift at a fast food restaurant. Eleven years later, a Bec look alike in trouble, decides to use this to get out of her current situation. As the imposter tries to blend in she realizes that the people around her have their own secrets.

That is about as much as I can say without out giving away the end. This is a quick read as there is not much to this book. At times it reads like a first draft, waiting to be filled out. There are no suspenseful moments, and good ideas are not fleshed out. For any suspense reader the mystery unravels about 40% in and you kind of know where the story is going to end up...and at the same time you are hoping there will be a good twist. I would read another Snoekstra novel if a friend recommends a book.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jan 29, 2018

This book is a quick read and moves at a good pace. I finished it in one day. I couldn't put it down. Loved the way she went back and forth between characters. Kept me guessing for a while.

Mel28 Feb 19, 2017

A great read if you're looking for a quick page-turner. Creepy and plenty of suspense, a good central mystery if you don't mind under-developed characters. But overall this imposter story is a fun, scary read.

Dec 19, 2016

The hugely successful Gone Girl with its taut and if somewhat implausible double narrative has spawned quite a few imitators, and this is one of them. In 2003 Rebecca Winter disappeared, prompting a huge but ultimately fruitless police investigation. Eleven years later, a young woman on the verge of being arrested, blurts out that she is the missing Bec. We (and she) know that she is not. Her family and friends welcome her back, but she is soon uneasy about them as she pieces together what might have happened to the real Rebecca Winter.

The book is ostensibly set in Canberra, with reference to Canberra landmarks, but is peppered with Americanisms, most particularly ‘Mom’ which jarred every time, and a house that sounds far more like a double-storey American weatherboard house than a Canberra one. Beyond the double narrative, there’s a back-story to the Bec-imposter as well, which is probably one storyline too many. The book has a rather adolescent voice, using alternating past and present tense and third and first person in the two time periods, and relies heavily on dialogue. It tended to get rather flabby in the middle, and I was finding the banality of description and dialogue rather wearing. However, the ending came as a surprise, not only in the ‘whodunnitness’ but also in the rapid change of pace in the last twenty pages or so.

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Nov 19, 2016

Really enjoyed this psychological thriller. Kept me guessing to the end.

Oct 13, 2016

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This book is getting incredibly mixed reviews from what I’m seeing on my Goodreads account and from other bloggers. I may be in the minority with my opinion, but I loved this book!

Snoekstra created an intriguing plot that kept me guessing until the very end. I felt like it was extremely well written; it’s a nice short read, lighter than most thrillers. I liked that a lot of the plot was only eluded; we didn’t really get any true answers until the last few pages. It kept me into the story and consistently guessing.


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