Sunday, September 10, 2017

Only Daughter...

I've always been good at playing a part...


It's the look in their eyes that does it. A mix of pity and disgust. Like I'm worth nothing, just another stray for them to clean up. A memory slowly opens and I realize I know exactly how to get myself out of this. The power of what I'm about to say is huge. It courses through my body like a shot of vodka, removing the tightness in my throat and sending tingles to the tips of my fingers. I don't feel helpless anymore; I know I can pull this off.  "My name is Rebecca Winter. Eleven years ago, I was abducted."
But she's not Rebecca. She's an imposter who only intends to borrow Rebecca's identity until she can get the police off her back. But having a nice home to go to, and a warm bed to sleep in, and loving parents is appealing. Plus, there are things in her own past she's trying to escape. So she continues the charade. And being Rebecca isn't so bad...until she begins to suspect that something's not right in the Winter home. Plus, a black van keeps following her. Bec's parents and twin brothers are acting strangely. And what if whoever caused the real Bec to disappear decides to come after her?

Anna Snoekstra skillfully interweaves Bec's story with that of her imposter in this compelling psychological suspense novel. Trying to figure out what happened to the real Bec kept me guessing all the way to the unsettling ending. And the impending danger to her imposter added another chilling layer. I liked this one. I also liked how Snoekstra played off the name Rebecca Winter, so similar to Daphne du Maurier's own character--and just like in her novel, Rebecca, we never learn the real name of Rebecca's successor in this book either.

Only Daughter is a fun, fast-paced read. What made it even better was reading it along with Melody. So be sure to check out her review and see what she thought of this psychological thriller. She also asked me a couple of questions when we were done. Here they are along with my answers:

Q. What do you think the real Rebecca Winter and the imposter have in common and do you like any of them?
Bec shoplifts and then flaunts her new acquisitions while the imposter pretends to be someone she's not and never flinches as she tells lie and lie, so I think they both have a similar kind of recklessness about them. I also think both of them have the same tendency to run from their problems rather than face the truth. And while I liked both girls, I liked the imposter a little bit more than the real Bec. To me, she just seemed like more of a scrappy fighter/survivor. And I liked that about her. 
Q. Who do you  most sympathize with? The real Bec, the imposter, or both?
I sympathized with both characters, but at the end of the book I was rooting for the imposter while feeling mostly pity (along with a little frustration) for Bec.
Happy Reading!

20 comments:

  1. Great review and answers, Lark! Once again, I enjoyed our buddy reading and looking forward for more! :)

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    1. It was a lot of fun! Thanks, Melody. :)

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  2. Sounds like a really interesting concept!

    Kind regards,

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    1. I liked that it was a little different than similar books I've read. Made for a fun change. :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lark! I enjoyed reading both yours and Melody's thoughts on this one. I would like to read this one now too. Such an intriguing premise!

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    1. Let me know what you think of it...especially that ending! :)

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  4. I hadn't even heard of this one until now but you can bet I'm going to add it to my tbr now. Sounds like a ton of suspenseful fun.

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    1. It's good! And it does keep you reading to the end. :)

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  5. This is a new title to me, but it does sound interesting. The "Rebecca Winter" intrigues me because of Rebecca and Mrs. de Winter!

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    1. It made me wonder if Snoekstra is a fan of Daphne du Maurier...or why else would she choose such a similar name for her protagonist?

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  6. It's always so much fun having a reading buddy!

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    1. It is! Everything's better when you can share it. :)

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  7. Ooh,nice catch about the character name "Rebecca Winter". I probably would have missed that. This does sound good.

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    1. :) This one read fast and really held my attention all the way to the end.

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  8. Hmmm sounds intriguing. I like the comparison to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca - it's one of my favourite books and I've been searching for similar reads ever since.

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    1. That's probably the ONLY similarity between this book and Rebecca, but I thought it was an interesting one. :)

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  9. Great review and description of the book. The imposter who narrates Only Daughter, probably has psychological issues. She also sounds intriguing. I will put this one on my list.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it! And thanks for commenting. :D

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  10. I really enjoy psychological thrillers so this one is on my TBR list. Enjoyed reading your review and your Q&A with Melody!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get a chance to read this one. Thanks for your comments! :)

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