Only daughter – Anna Snoekstra

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In 2003, 16 year old Rebecca Winter disappeared. 11 years later, a woman comes forward claiming to be Bec. The woman sleeps in Bec’s bed, plays with Bec’s brothers, and connecting with Bec’s parents. But as the woman becomes more involved in Bec’s life, she realises that things aren’t as they seem, and she may be in danger herself.

I was really excited to get my hands on this book after having it recommended to me by a classmate. The storyline reminded me of “Pretty Baby” by Mary Kubica. However, I found myself quite disappointed when I finished reading.

As I read the book, I felt the darker aspects of the story coming through – the lead-up to Bec’s disappearance, and what the woman experiences as she integrates into Bec’s life. When reading the story through Bec’s eyes, when she felt the hairs of the back of her neck stand up, I felt mine standing up too. I started to become a bit anxious about Bec, wondering what was going to happen to her. I also felt the anxiety for the woman as she delved into Bec’s life, and started to discover what had happened.

There wasn’t a lot of character development in the story – I learned as much as I was going to about the characters in the first 50-100 pages of the book. They were written in a way that lead to instant first impressions, and these impressions didn’t change for me as the book went on.

There were a few twists and turns in the story, however the ending, I felt, was disappointing. It had what I considered to be a bit of an open ending, and felt quite rushed. Even the lead-up to the ending was a bit hurried.

This book could easily have been longer. I would have appreciated more detail, a bit more character development, and an ending that tied the story together. While I enjoyed the storyline, it’s not a book that I would read again.

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