Only Daughter

Only Daughter

by Anna Snoekstra

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Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

One woman's dark past becomes another's deadly future

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.

She'd been enjoying her summer working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Then ominous things began to happen—a presence in her room at night, blackouts, a feeling of being watched.

Eleven years later, she is replaced.

A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec.

Soon the imposter is living Bec's life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Playing with her little brothers.

But Bec's welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the imposter 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778360995
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,208,647
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

She currently lives in Melbourne with her husband and tabby cat.

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Only Daughter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Edge of your seat writing. Looking forward to more from this author.
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Good story line with enough suspense to keep me reading all night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a book, it gripped your attention and holds it to the end. It keeps you wondering how it will turn out and who done it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't figure out the ending at all. Will keep you guessing, and reading faster, until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Never thought about the possibility of a fake impersonating and trying to live the life of a missing person. Great plot line. Had a little trouble in the beginning getting into the main character but once she got "back home", my curiosity really peaked and I just had to find out the end. However the ending was not what I expected. Kept my interest and kept me turning pages. Finished this book in three days which is rare for me with my busy schedule. Highly recommend and I'll be looking out for more from this author.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Two storylines that from the beginning the reader knows will eventually converge to make the full novel. Anna went missing 11 years ago and no body and no clues were left behind. Now a woman (no spoiler this is known from the beginning) has shown up and decides she wants to be Rebecca Winter and escape her own life, we don't know why we just know she does. The chapters flipped and flopped between the two storylines and it was easy and obvious to move from one to the other. Sometimes in books where there are two storylines, I usually like one over the other, in this case I liked them both equally. I loved seeing what led to Anna's disappearance, that sounds bad in afterthought, but in fiction sense it was interesting to read the days that led up to her disappearing. I also loved the storyline of the girl who inserted herself into Bec's life and ends up completely immersed in the investigation, but I have to say I was glad that it wasn't easy or obvious for her to figure out what happened to Rebecca. This was definitely a different kind of mystery and I liked it. There were just a few tiny moments where I may have rolled my eyes in the convenience of the happenings, but overall a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that kept my attention from start to finish.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to be a tourist in someone else’s life? Just pretend to be someone else for a little while and escape your own everyday monotony? The main character in Only Daughter stumbled upon the perfect entryway for this situation and she thought it would solve all her problems. Only it just created more. Apparently, Only Daughter shares a similar plotline with many other novels, however the only similar one I have read is Sara Shepard's The Lying Game. Alternating time frames voiced by both the imposter and the missing girl slowly reveal what happened to a family's only daughter. I personally found it far-fetched that everyone involved in the missing girl's life accepted someone else and believed her identity so easily, even though many years had passed. I look at old photographs of family members and I would hope I couldn't be manipulated but I guess desperation and grief might make you believe just about anything to get some positive closure. Overall, I liked this debut and remained fairly engaged throughout. Although it didn't blow my mind, I would definitely pay the pricey $15 for a movie ticket when it comes to theaters. I think the plot line (and that ending) will play out very well on screen. If you enjoy the book-to-movie experience or if you have been keeping up with the influx of psychological thriller debuts, then check out Anna Snoekstra's Only Daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character personality didn't really make me root for her, but the writing and storyline kept my attention.
Darby0517 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. After reading the summary of this book, I knew it was one that I just had to read. The book is about a sixteen year old girl, Bec, that vanishes with no traces. Eleven years later, a young women, who is in some trouble, notices that there is a striking resemblance to Bec. So while in police custody, she lies and says she is Bec Winters. As the book goes on, this girl starts "falling" for Bec's life, she meets a guy who is in love with her (but really Bec) and loves having a wonderful family. All is perfect, until some strange things start happening. Slowly she starts to discover what happened to Bec but will it be to late for her? And can she figure out what happened before the same thing happens to her? This book is a must read for anyone who loves a good suspense. Just when you think you have it all figured out, another twist happens. Looking forward to reading more work by this author.
BookBridget More than 1 year ago
This book rocked! i thought I figured it out a few times but was surprised more than once. Great book, a little creepy in spots but not creepy enough to spur nightmares!
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book might not be completely original but I totally loved it. Written by an Australian and set in Australia, this book is a small masterpiece of a debut novel. It didn't go unnoticed the similarities, in a wacky oblique way, between this book and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca – Rebecca Winter / Rebecca de Winter, Rebecca in both books goes missing, we don't know the name of the main female protagonists in either book. That's where the similarities end though, the stories are nothing like each other. We never learn the name of the main female character because from the first few pages she is caught shoplifting and the police are called. She doesn't want to give her name because she would be sent back to her real life which she has run away from so her quick thinking has her tell the police she is an abducted teenage girl who went missing eleven years ago. From then on 'Rebecca' enveigles herself into a new life, sometimes with difficulty and a wing and a prayer, but she tries her hardest to pull it off because she knows that prison is probably her only option if she fails. Fairly quickly, 'Rebecca' realises that she is being followed and that something was wrong in the real Rebecca's life. Strange shapes loom in her bedroom at night, blood, lots of it, appears on her clothes and bed, and anonymous texts tell her to leave. The story is told over two timelines – the run up to the time Rebecca disappeared eleven years earlier told by the real Rebecca, and the present time told mainly by the Rebecca imposter, friends and family. She has an uncomfortable relationship with the detective in charge of her abduction; he asks too many questions she doesn't want to answer but she's also very clever at manipulating him. Most of the characters are flawed, damaged or simply strange human beings so all makes for interesting reading. Overall, I thought it was very cleverly written, at times dark, chilling and creepy and had a wonderful couple of twists at the end. I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reading Copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra is a highly recommended psychological thriller. In 2014 a young woman who is detained for shoplifting in New South Wales, Australia, claims to be Rebecca “Bec” Winter. Eleven years ago, in 2003, sixteen-year-old Bec went missing from the streets of Canberra. She was last seen working her shift at the McDonald's. This Bec, however, is an imposter who saw a TV show and noticed she resembled the missing girl. To avoid giving her real name and to escape the shoplifting charges, she tells the police the lie. Soon she is being reunited with her "family" and talking to the lead detective on the case, Special Investigator Vincent Andopolis. Fake Bec is claiming to be foggy on the details of what happened to her and says she just wants to be home, with her family. Her family seems to be... odd, and then there are the threatening text messages. The narrative alternates between the stories of the real Bec in 2003 versus the Fake Bec in 2014. In 2003 Bec seems to be all about teen drama and hijinks at first, but there are also unexplained, dark occurrences. Her family is more focused on how her twin brothers Andrew and Paul are doing than what Bec is up to. The tension begins to rise for Fake Bec too, as she decides to stick around and look for clues to try to find out what really happened to Bec. This is a well written debut novel that is both a quick and compelling read. The tension and ominous feeling carries through in both time periods. I was glued to the pages even when the action seemed a little far-fetched. It does require some suspension of disbelief (for example, Fake Bec even getting to meet the family, let alone the reaction of the family) and in the surprise ending, but I had no problem with that for Only Daughter. This is a perfect airplane book. You will be glued to the pages and the time will fly. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Winter was a typical 16-year-old, working at McDonald's, flirting with the boys and hanging with her best friend, Lizzie. Strange things start happening ... she feels that someone is watching her, following her. She feels a presence in her room in the middle of the night. Eleven years ago she disappeared. Today, she has been replaced. A young woman, after being arrested for shoplifting, tells the police that she is Rebecca Winter. And soon this woman is living Rebecca's life .... loving the family she's never had ... the mother, the father, the twin younger brothers. Learning the friends' names. Her new family are not quite what she expected. As she dodges the investigator who doubts her story, she begins to look into why the real Rebecca disappeared. And whoever knows the truth is a danger to this imposter. This is an exceptional psychological thriller, full of twists and turns. The story is told two-fold, One is the real Rebecca Winter, telling the reader what had happened in the days before she disappeared. And then there is Rebecca today relating her story. As they start to dovetail, the reader realizes that everything they've known up to that point .... is not what it seems to be. The ending was totally unexpected. Extremely well written, ONLY DAUGHTER is a debut novel by this author. Ms. Snoekstra is absolutely an author I will follow. Many thanks to the author / Harlequin (Australia)/ Harlequin (UK) Limited/Mira - Mira UK / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.