The Other Daughter
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 recognise that face anywhere – it’s her missing child. And she will stop at nothing to get her back… From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading.

The Other Daughter Details

TitleThe Other Daughter
Author
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

The Other Daughter Review

  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of a child abduction from a busy London shopping centre. Catriona is distraught, muddy and in this emotional state she takes 2 year old girl while her mother is talking to a friend. Part of the story is told in the past from Catriona’s perspective. The other narrator of the story is Rachel Farnborough whose daughter Holly has been abducted several years previously. Rachel meets Kate Morris whose elder daughter Bella bears a striking resemblance to Holly and so Rachel is This is the story of a child abduction from a busy London shopping centre. Catriona is distraught, muddy and in this emotional state she takes 2 year old girl while her mother is talking to a friend. Part of the story is told in the past from Catriona’s perspective. The other narrator of the story is Rachel Farnborough whose daughter Holly has been abducted several years previously. Rachel meets Kate Morris whose elder daughter Bella bears a striking resemblance to Holly and so Rachel is determined to prove that this is indeed her missing daughter. The book starts in an intriguing way and has me hooked! It’s easy to read and I enjoyed it although there is some repetition regarding Rachel’s desire to do whatever it takes to learn the truth. Message received! The characters are likeable in particular Rachel’s partner Matt who is so understanding and supportive even though Rachel must be testing his patience with her actions. Some of the things she does are somewhat crazy and ill thought out but who knows what lengths a person would go to in similar, unimaginable circumstances as child abduction is every parents nightmare. I like the way that Rachel imagines a reunion with her daughter and what will happen to Kate if her suspicions prove to be correct. Her mind goes back and forth as the painful memories resurface and I feel the author captures the pain well and also her up and down emotions. I like the way the tension accelerates then is released and leaves you hanging and asking many questions. I most certainly did not see the ending coming and I like that as when it’s patently obvious a book can lose its allure. Overall, an enjoyable, twisty read although a bit repetitive in places and so 4 stars rather than 5.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    The Other Daughter is the sixth psychological thriller I’ve read by Shalini Boland so that alone should tell you I really enjoy her writing. I am at the point now after all previous four or five star stories that I don’t even bother reading the blurb and just grab away when I see her name and here we are yet again with another winner!This book features a mother who had gone through one of the most devastating things that could happen to a parent. Nine years earlier Rachel had gone out with a The Other Daughter is the sixth psychological thriller I’ve read by Shalini Boland so that alone should tell you I really enjoy her writing. I am at the point now after all previous four or five star stories that I don’t even bother reading the blurb and just grab away when I see her name and here we are yet again with another winner!This book features a mother who had gone through one of the most devastating things that could happen to a parent. Nine years earlier Rachel had gone out with a friend to a local mall where the ladies chatted while Rachel’s toddler played. In just a few short moments of not paying attention Rachel’s daughter completely vanished.Now, nine years later, Rachel has patched herself together as good as she can but not a day has gone by she hasn’t thought of her missing daughter. One day while picking up her two younger children from school Rachel meets a new mother at the school who had just moved to town with her husband and three children. When Rachel takes one look at the oldest daughter she loses her breathe from how much the girl resembles her missing Holly.Seeing that this has become one of my auto-read authors I wasn’t at all surprised when I quickly became engrossed in this story. As soon as I was drawn in and learned all the details of the book my mind began to spin with possible outcomes never trusting anyone or anything because I just know Ms. Boland will have some amazing twists coming. Did all my debating and detectiving work and I get anywhere close?? Heck no! Another no way I would see that one coming made it worth the lack of sleep this page turner caused.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by the author and it initially appealed to me because the plot sounded awesome! I know there is an arguement that psychological thrillers dont need in depth characters but I do believe they need some depth, for me this was the biggest issue when reading this book, it felt like a one dimensional sketch. The page count is low therefore some meat could be put on these bones without it turning into a beast of a book, the ideas are brilliant but the execution is half hearted and This is my first book by the author and it initially appealed to me because the plot sounded awesome! I know there is an arguement that psychological thrillers dont need in depth characters but I do believe they need some depth, for me this was the biggest issue when reading this book, it felt like a one dimensional sketch. The page count is low therefore some meat could be put on these bones without it turning into a beast of a book, the ideas are brilliant but the execution is half hearted and it's so repetitive I found my mind drifting a fair bit. However it is a total no effort short readable thriller so if that's your bag, this is your book. 2 stars from me.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Shalini Boland strikes again! Another dark twisty psychological thriller from the master herself. Nine years ago Rachel‘s eldest daughter Holly went missing while she was playing at a playground. Rachel only wasn’t paying attention for a few minutes and her daughter disappeared, never to be seen again... that is until now. While at the school pick up Rachel starts a conversation with a new mom Kate and then she sees Kates oldest daughter Bella and has the shock of her life. Bella is the spitting Shalini Boland strikes again! Another dark twisty psychological thriller from the master herself. Nine years ago Rachel‘s eldest daughter Holly went missing while she was playing at a playground. Rachel only wasn’t paying attention for a few minutes and her daughter disappeared, never to be seen again... that is until now. While at the school pick up Rachel starts a conversation with a new mom Kate and then she sees Kates oldest daughter Bella and has the shock of her life. Bella is the spitting image of Rachel’sHolly’s missing daughter Holly. Convinced that this is her missing daughter, Rachel will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing to find the truth. Twists and turns, zigs and zags, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out BAM! Not so fast! Rachel was such a sympathetic character, I really felt for her. Some of her actions were a bit questionable and over the top, but I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. Her partner Matt was so supportive and understanding. Kate was also likable, you could tell she had something to hide, but I did not want to cast her as a kidnapper. All the kids added some levity and light to this dark story. This is one of those stories that keeps you guessing the entire time. I kept trying to puzzle it together and I just could not make all the pieces fit. You might need to stretch the bounds of believability in this one, but it is so worth it. A well told story with an ending that will leave your head spinning.This book in emojis: 👩‍👧 🤔 🧩 🤯 *** Big thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my advance copy of “The Other Daughter” by Shalini Boland– for my honest reviewThis is the first book I have read by Shalini Boland, and did enjoy her style of writing. The book kept my interest, and I thought it was a well written storyline, full of twists, turns and lots of guessing.I did find it quite unrealistic and over the top at about the half way point, but still did enjoy it.I will read more books by this author.#TheOtherDaughter #NetGalley
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    From reading other reviews,I have noticed that when it comes down to twists in thrillers,reader's opinions are divided. Some enjoy a really good twist of two whilst others don't,I suppose it's all down to personal preference. Me....I love a good twist or two,as long as I don't see them coming. I love a twist that blows my mind and leaves me sat in my comfy chair,totally stunned and doing a very bad impersonation of omg cat. Well.. in The Other Daughter, Shalini Boland cleverly manipulates the From reading other reviews,I have noticed that when it comes down to twists in thrillers,reader's opinions are divided. Some enjoy a really good twist of two whilst others don't,I suppose it's all down to personal preference. Me....I love a good twist or two,as long as I don't see them coming. I love a twist that blows my mind and leaves me sat in my comfy chair,totally stunned and doing a very bad impersonation of omg cat. Well.. in The Other Daughter, Shalini Boland cleverly manipulates the reader into believing that you think you know what's going on and then she throws in a massive,jaw dropping twist that takes everything that you thought you knew,rolls into into a ball and chucks it out the window.The story that is told in chapters that alternate between now and then is predominately narrated by Rachel who lives in Wareham in Dorset with her husband Matt and their two children Charlie and Jess. On the surface it would appear that Rachel has it all,a happy marriage,two loving children,a lovely home and a job that she loves in a local cafe. But Rachel is hiding a devastating secret,one that she hasn't even divulged to Matt. Seven years ago,her two year old daughter Holly was abducted from a play area outside a cafe in London whilst Rachel was chatting to one of her friends. For years Rachel has managed to bury the pain and get on with her life. But then one day she befriends a new mother who has just moved into the area with her family and when Rachel meets the woman's eldest daughter Bella,she is stunned at how closely Bella resembles her missing daughter. After that meeting Rachel finds herself spending every waking moment trying to find the evidence that proves that Bella is her missing daughter. She is totally convinced that Bella's mother and father were behind Molly's abduction. Although I could empathise with Rachel because of the shock of losing her young daughter,I can't say that I thought she was a very likeable character for various reasons. I did feel a lot of sympathy for poor Matt and their two children as Rachel's behaviour became more erratic and her obsession with Bella gradually took over her life. But is Bella really Rachel's missing daughter and precisely how far is Rachel prepared to go to prove what she believes to be true?The chapters that were set in the past were narrated by a woman called Catriona, a complex character who was very pivotal to the plot and her chapters especially at the beginning of the book were chilling and intense. But who was she and how does she fit into this emotionally charged thriller? Well you are just going to read this absolutely brilliant story and find out for yourself.I really love Shalini Boland books,they are always extremely well written,tightly plotted,page turners and The Other Daughter is no exception. Her characters are all well rounded,vivid and realistic. Her story telling is hypnotic and captivating,drawing you into her character's fictional world. The only disappointing aspect about her books is that once you start reading one,you don't want to put it down so it is over far too quickly. I loved this book and would have giving it far more than five stars if I could. Very very highly recommended.Many many thanks to Bookouture and Shalini Boland for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Every parent would agree this is their worst nightmare...their child goes missing. It happened to Rachel, nine long years ago but she remembers it like it was yesterday. Every single day she analyzes every little girl that would be around Holly's age, wouldn't you do the same? What if by chance you actually saw Holly again? Or what if she moved in to the same town as you...hiding in plain sight?Wow! What a great premise this is, it had me locked in and hanging onto every word from the very Every parent would agree this is their worst nightmare...their child goes missing. It happened to Rachel, nine long years ago but she remembers it like it was yesterday. Every single day she analyzes every little girl that would be around Holly's age, wouldn't you do the same? What if by chance you actually saw Holly again? Or what if she moved in to the same town as you...hiding in plain sight?Wow! What a great premise this is, it had me locked in and hanging onto every word from the very first page. Shalini Boland is a must read author for me. I jumped at the chance to get my hands on her latest book and I was furiously flipping the pages with this one. It started out intense right from the start.I was doubtful when Rachel thinks she has stumbled upon her daughter 9 years after she went missing. I began to really question her sanity, as she watched ( stalked) the new family in town. I cringed at her actions as she was digging for the truth...then I started to believe her. As the tension turned up and the evidence built up I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, for a killer twist....and there it was! We are allowed into the mind of someone that has been tortured with guilt and despair for nine years. She is absolutely desperate to find her daughter and will stop at nothing to find out the truth. A roller coaster ride all the way to the end.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Two and a half year old Holly was abducted from a shopping centre play area while her mother was talking to a friend. She was never found.Nine years have went by since Holly's disappearance. Rachel meets a new mum at the school gates. They have just moved to the area from London. Rachel has led a quiet life in Dorset. No one, not even her boyfriend knew off her past, that her eldest daughter Holly had been abducted. When she walks Kate back to her car, she is shocked when she sees her eldest Two and a half year old Holly was abducted from a shopping centre play area while her mother was talking to a friend. She was never found.Nine years have went by since Holly's disappearance. Rachel meets a new mum at the school gates. They have just moved to the area from London. Rachel has led a quiet life in Dorset. No one, not even her boyfriend knew off her past, that her eldest daughter Holly had been abducted. When she walks Kate back to her car, she is shocked when she sees her eldest daughter, Bella. Bella is the mirror image of how Holly would look today. Rachel is convinced that Bella is her missing daughter. Rachel does everything in her power to try and find out the truth.OMG Shalini Boland! You have messed with my head and my sleep! I had the intention to read a fee chapters before I went to sleep, but I could not put the book down! This story is told in a duel timeline. The present day and from when Holly was abducted. We are told the story from Rachel and Cationas point of view. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Rachel, no one believed her. This book is tense, very well written, cleverly crafted and executed. I couldn't believe at times what Rachel got up to, but I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures. And WOW, I never saw that ending coming. Shalini Boland is one off my favourite authors. I highly recommend recommend this page turning, gripping and shocking read.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Shalini Boland for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bharath
    January 1, 1970
    If you have been reading Shalini Boland’s books, you know that her stories are always engrossing, fast paced and have unexpected twists. This book is no different and keeps you hooked till the end, though not all aspects of the story tie up realistically.Rachel works hard to bring balance to her life after her eldest daughter Holly is kidnapped. Her partner leaves her with a young toddler (Jess) to care for. Nine years later, she has a loving partner in Matt now, and they raise two kids – Jess If you have been reading Shalini Boland’s books, you know that her stories are always engrossing, fast paced and have unexpected twists. This book is no different and keeps you hooked till the end, though not all aspects of the story tie up realistically.Rachel works hard to bring balance to her life after her eldest daughter Holly is kidnapped. Her partner leaves her with a young toddler (Jess) to care for. Nine years later, she has a loving partner in Matt now, and they raise two kids – Jess & Charlie. The pains of the past return as she meets a new couple Shaun & Kate who move into the area with their three kids. Rachel feels their daughter Bella bears a striking resemblance to her lost daughter Holly.While not entirely clear on how she should approach this, Rachel is determined to pursue this as she feels strongly drawn to Bella. She digs into Shaun & Kate’s backgrounds with vigour, determined to trace their story.The story has you hooked and is a page turner from start to finish. It is also very well written and is a pleasure to read. Some aspects of the story are unrealistic though, not everything ties up cleanly and does detract from the impact at the end.Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher Bookouture and the author for a free electronic copy of the book in order to provide a review.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Shalini Boland is a go to author for me, having enjoyed most of her books. The Other Daughter was once again a fast read with a quick paced story. Although there were a few things that I struggled with believing, this was a great book.9 years ago Rachel's 2 year old daughter Holly was taken whilst playing at a coffee shop. She has never given up hope of finding her daughter again. She meets a new family to the area and becomes friendly with the mother Kate. When she meets Kates eldest daughter Shalini Boland is a go to author for me, having enjoyed most of her books. The Other Daughter was once again a fast read with a quick paced story. Although there were a few things that I struggled with believing, this was a great book.9 years ago Rachel's 2 year old daughter Holly was taken whilst playing at a coffee shop. She has never given up hope of finding her daughter again. She meets a new family to the area and becomes friendly with the mother Kate. When she meets Kates eldest daughter Bella she is convinced that it is Holly all grown up. But how can she prove it? In her attempts to do so she learns that the family is keeping secrets and is more convinced that Kate took her daughter. The ending was one that I had considered whilst reading, but all the same it was a twisty and eventful story.Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    Another exciting gripping psychological thriller by author Shalini Boland that I can highly recommend.Rachel's two and half year old daughter Holly is abducted while Rachel is chatting to a friend at a local playground and is momentarily distracted. Holly is never found and nine years later Rachel is now living in Dorset still traumatised from losing her eldest daughter Holly but making a fresh start with her new partner. Her world is again thrown into turmoil again when Rachel meets a new Another exciting gripping psychological thriller by author Shalini Boland that I can highly recommend.Rachel's two and half year old daughter Holly is abducted while Rachel is chatting to a friend at a local playground and is momentarily distracted. Holly is never found and nine years later Rachel is now living in Dorset still traumatised from losing her eldest daughter Holly but making a fresh start with her new partner. Her world is again thrown into turmoil again when Rachel meets a new school parent Kate and her teenage daughter Bella. Rachel cannot believe her eyes and is convinced Bella is her missing child.This is an addictive read that maybe stretch your imagination at times but an entertaining read all the same. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Bookouture for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Two year old Holly is abducted from a play area in a shopping centre. Unfortunately she is never found.Nine years later Rachel sees a girl that she thinks is Holly and will stop at nothing to prove that this girl is her daughter.Rachel's behaviour becomes increasingly desperate and she begins to act more and more unhinged.I found parts of this book unbelievable and I had suspected that there would be a twist in the story.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an Two year old Holly is abducted from a play area in a shopping centre. Unfortunately she is never found.Nine years later Rachel sees a girl that she thinks is Holly and will stop at nothing to prove that this girl is her daughter.Rachel's behaviour becomes increasingly desperate and she begins to act more and more unhinged.I found parts of this book unbelievable and I had suspected that there would be a twist in the story.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: Catriona realises she still has mud caked in her fingernails. Her clothes are still a bit muddy too. She should go and have a shower before Darren gets home. But then she remembers...and with that vivid flash of memory, her body begins to tremble once more - a strange, unsettling shaking that she has no control over. And she realises that there's no way she's going to be able to go back into that bathroom. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Nine years ago her daughter was taken. And now she’s back. EXCERPT: Catriona realises she still has mud caked in her fingernails. Her clothes are still a bit muddy too. She should go and have a shower before Darren gets home. But then she remembers...and with that vivid flash of memory, her body begins to tremble once more - a strange, unsettling shaking that she has no control over. And she realises that there's no way she's going to be able to go back into that bathroom. ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 recognise that face anywhere – it’s her missing child.And she will stop at nothing to get her back…MY THOUGHTS: The Other Daughter is one of those books that when you aren't reading it, you're still thinking about it. I started this last night, read until I fell asleep with it in my hand, was a little late to work because I read too long over my breakfast, and came home from work early to finish it because I just had to know what happened, and no, I couldn't possibly wait another hour and a half to find out. Now, just a word of warning...there are times when you are going to have to suspend belief, but it's worth it. There were times when I was reading along when I would think 'wtf? Don't care - read on.' This doesn't often happen. Usually little 'holes' annoy me no end. But Shalini Boland has written a cracker of a novel that swept me along, keeping me feeling excited and anticipating her next move. And never, in my wildest dreams, did I anticipate that ending!#TheOtherDaughter #NetGalley 💖💖💖💖💖THE AUTHOR: Hello :) I write suspense thrillers and dark adventures, and I live in Dorset, England with my husband, two children and our dog. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Natalia Ramlal
    January 1, 1970
    Nine years after her two-year-old daughter Holly is abducted at a busy shopping mall, Rachel Farnborough meets a girl who she believes is her missing daughter and will stop at nothing to get her back. I absolutely loved this book. The plot was engaging, perfectly paced, and thoroughly entertaining. The author cleverly tricks the reader into thinking they know exactly what's going on in the story. But then reveals a shocking twist that will mess with your mind and make you question everything you Nine years after her two-year-old daughter Holly is abducted at a busy shopping mall, Rachel Farnborough meets a girl who she believes is her missing daughter and will stop at nothing to get her back. I absolutely loved this book. The plot was engaging, perfectly paced, and thoroughly entertaining. The author cleverly tricks the reader into thinking they know exactly what's going on in the story. But then reveals a shocking twist that will mess with your mind and make you question everything you thought you knew about Holly's kidnapping. I don't want to say too much more about the story or the characters as I think it's best to go into it knowing as little as possible. Overall, this was an addictive, enjoyable psychological thriller and I highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel's 2 year old daughter, Holly, was taken by a stranger. Mom was sitting with some friends, busily chatting and she took her eyes off for just a moment. A moment is all it took. It's been 9 years and Holly has never been found.Rachel still grieves for her lost daughter, even though she's gone on to have more children with a loving partner. She's tried to keep her past secret, even her partner has no knowledge of a missing child.While waiting at the school for her daughter, she meets another Rachel's 2 year old daughter, Holly, was taken by a stranger. Mom was sitting with some friends, busily chatting and she took her eyes off for just a moment. A moment is all it took. It's been 9 years and Holly has never been found.Rachel still grieves for her lost daughter, even though she's gone on to have more children with a loving partner. She's tried to keep her past secret, even her partner has no knowledge of a missing child.While waiting at the school for her daughter, she meets another school mom, Kate. They are busy talking about their children, when Kate's daughter, Bella, comes out. Rachel is shocked beyond belief .... Bella is her missing daughter...Her world is turned topsy-turvy and she will do anything ... anything at all to get her daughter back.This author just never disappoints. The characters are finely drawn and come to life under this author's pen. It's very well written with a major twist that you just don't see coming.Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this Psychological Thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    This, my 8th book review for this author ( the most reviews for any author since I started reviewing ) and can honestly say they have all been great but by the tiniest of margins......This is my favourite!Imagine your daughter, aged 2 and a half is taken whilst you have a coffee with a friend, you think she is safe a few feet away in the cafe playhouseImagine spending 9 years grieving for herYou start a new life, a new family and move to a new area but of course never really come to terms with This, my 8th book review for this author ( the most reviews for any author since I started reviewing ) and can honestly say they have all been great but by the tiniest of margins......This is my favourite!Imagine your daughter, aged 2 and a half is taken whilst you have a coffee with a friend, you think she is safe a few feet away in the cafe playhouseImagine spending 9 years grieving for herYou start a new life, a new family and move to a new area but of course never really come to terms with what happenedThen imagine a new family move into the town....their eldest daughter stops you in your tracks when you see herYou are sure it’s your missing daughter, almost positive What, seriously can you do?And thats where I will leave the plot but tell you that the word ‘addictive’ in the blurb is 100% right as Rachel tries to prove the girl is hers, its tense, dramatic and emotive and there is a very very surprising ending and twist that had me reelingI also have to tell you there is a dinner party conversation between both families where Rachel is asking searching questions that had me looking away unable to read for a few seconds as it was so real and so awkward, a real genius few pages that eventually I read 3 times and continued to think about throughout the whole bookA perfect psychological thriller, as always reader friendly, character driven and from page 1 throws you in and keeps you there 10/105 Stars
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    *thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*5 stars!Ohh my god this was simply AMAZING!! That ending just completely blew my mind! I don't think I was even expecting a twist but that's probably because I was so caught up in the story I wasn't even thinking about that. This was just beyond my expectations. The ending was so massive that it actually took my brain quite awhile to absorb what I had just read, so I am very thankful *thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*5 stars!Ohh my god this was simply AMAZING!! That ending just completely blew my mind! I don't think I was even expecting a twist but that's probably because I was so caught up in the story I wasn't even thinking about that. This was just beyond my expectations. The ending was so massive that it actually took my brain quite awhile to absorb what I had just read, so I am very thankful that the author decided to not just end it there, at the big reveal of the twist, but she carried on to explain it in details and to give us a follow up type of story. Only then did it fully hit me. I did have to read it a couple times to sink in but wow! It was a powerful twist that I didn't see coming. There is also a decent amount of suspense in the pages which for me shows that it has been very well written.The story is written in both the past and the present. The past being about a woman named Catriona and the present being about a woman named Rachel. Rachel's daughter, Holly is kidnapped one day from a playhouse in the mall. 9 years go by without any information on what happened. The police have no leads. Then Rachel sees a girl who is the age Holly would be, and she's convinced that girl is Holly. Only she needs proof. I will not say anything about Catriona other than her story too is a very interesting, enjoyable and engaging read.From start to the end this story holds your attention. It leaves each chapter with just enough mystery to keep you wanting to keep reading. For that reason I ending up flying through this. This is my second book by Shalini Boland and once again she's written a masterpiece. She is now definitely added to my favourite authors and I can not wait to dive into her other novels that are already published while waiting for new ones to pop up. An absolutely captivating read! I can not highly recommend this enough!
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  • Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Fast paced, absorbing, suspenseful...The Other Daughter was a gripping psychological thriller. The book has two timelines - then and now - that delves into the abduction and loss of a 2-year-old named Holly. In the spirit of honesty, there were parts that required me to suspend reality because some of the decisions were unbelievable and the timelines weak, but despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The plot suspense and reveal made up for the inconsistencies. It was just one of those Fast paced, absorbing, suspenseful...The Other Daughter was a gripping psychological thriller. The book has two timelines - then and now - that delves into the abduction and loss of a 2-year-old named Holly. In the spirit of honesty, there were parts that required me to suspend reality because some of the decisions were unbelievable and the timelines weak, but despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The plot suspense and reveal made up for the inconsistencies. It was just one of those thrillers that was fun to read and had me puzzling as to how it would end. I'm keen to read more from this author. A gracious thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha Curtis
    January 1, 1970
    Wow wow wow. I wish I could give this book 10 starsI really don’t know how to start. This book was amazing. I love all shalina. One of my favourite authors. I couldn’t wait to get this on netgalleyAnyway Every parents worst nightmare. Rachel takes her daughter to a play area for a catch up with a friend. They 1 second of not paying attention and Rachel’s daughter is snatched. 9 years later Rachel moved to Dorset to have a fresh start. Rachel made friends with Kate at the school gates with her Wow wow wow. I wish I could give this book 10 starsI really don’t know how to start. This book was amazing. I love all shalina. One of my favourite authors. I couldn’t wait to get this on netgalleyAnyway Every parents worst nightmare. Rachel takes her daughter to a play area for a catch up with a friend. They 1 second of not paying attention and Rachel’s daughter is snatched. 9 years later Rachel moved to Dorset to have a fresh start. Rachel made friends with Kate at the school gates with her daughter. Rachel feels she’s seen Bella before and that’s when it hits her. She looks like her kissing daughter hollyRachel will go to any lengths to get her back. I did not expect what happened I really recommend this book and shalonas other books
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: October 15th 2019 "She's inside a nightmare. She's inside hell. And nothing will ever be the same again." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I've been a fan ofShalini Boland's psychological thrillers ever since I readThe Girl From The Sea back in 2016, and I've enjoyed every single story since then. As you might already guess, every time I find out about a newShalini Finished reading: October 15th 2019 "She's inside a nightmare. She's inside hell. And nothing will ever be the same again." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I've been a fan of Shalini Boland's psychological thrillers ever since I read The Girl From The Sea back in 2016, and I've enjoyed every single story since then. As you might already guess, every time I find out about a new Shalini Boland story, my heart skips a beat and I instantly have a new title on my wishlist. My reaction was no different when I first learned about The Other Daughter, and now I've had the chance to read it  I can say that this newest story without doubt lived up to expectations.There is just something about the writing that draws you right in, and even before starting The Other Daughter I already knew I had to free my schedule, because Shalini Boland's psychological thrillers in general are so engaging that you will have a hard time letting go before you reach the end. The only reason I wasn't able to read it in one sitting was that I started it too late in the evening and had to get some sleep in between or I wouldn't have been able to function the next day otherwise. Mind you, I did this reluctantly... The Other Daughter is so gripping that you keep turning those pages without noticing the time flying by; both the writing and the plot itself are probably the cause of this.As with most psychological thrillers, the suspense is build up slowly but surely, keeping you in the dark about certain key information until the plot twist bombs are ready to be dropped on you. Past and present chapters are mixed in a balanced way, enabling you to learn about those dreadful events nine years ago as well as learning more about what it happening in the present. The plot development is well handled, and constructed in such a way to give maximum effect to that humongous plot twist reveal close to the ending. It doesn't happen often anymore while reading (psychological) thrillers, but The Other Daughter managed to take me completely unawares. I'm talking about flabbergasted and staring at the page with my jaw dropping to the floor here! And I always love when that happens.The characters in The Other Daughter are without doubt an interesting bunch. While I'm not sure if they are exactly likeable and some actions and personality traits can really get on your nerves, there is no doubt that the characters are thoroughly developed and feel realistic as they all have their flaws and make their mistakes. Who can you trust and how is the past related to the present? What happened to Holly that day? If you are looking for your next psychological thriller, The Other Daughter is without doubt a gripping and brilliant read. There is a reason she is one of my favorite authors of the genre! (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Sophie's Reading Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel had her little daughter Holly taken from her one day and now 9 years later , she's living in a different city with her younger daughter Jess, her boyfriend and the son they got together. She left everything in the past and didn't even mention Holly to her boyfriend until one day she meets a new family that moved in their city and one of their daughters looks like exactly how her daughter Holly would look like today. I really enjoyed this mystery thriller and kept me on my toes, wondering Rachel had her little daughter Holly taken from her one day and now 9 years later , she's living in a different city with her younger daughter Jess, her boyfriend and the son they got together. She left everything in the past and didn't even mention Holly to her boyfriend until one day she meets a new family that moved in their city and one of their daughters looks like exactly how her daughter Holly would look like today. I really enjoyed this mystery thriller and kept me on my toes, wondering what was going on with all these then and now scenes. These flashbacks had me questioning everything though and the twist sadly was predictable for me. Maybe not to everyone, but it was for me. It didn't take much from my pleasure, but it didn't emmit the shock value it intended either. Even though I'm a scaredy cat and I avoid thrillers and horror stories, this was definitely an easy one and I recommend it , especially if you're like me you have nothing to worry about :)
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  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland is a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)Rachel has a new life in Dorset, but she has never forgotten Holly, her first-born. Holly was taken from a shopping mall in London when she was only two and a half. The police never The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland is a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:  (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)Rachel has a new life in Dorset, but she has never forgotten Holly, her first-born.  Holly was taken from a shopping mall in London when she was only two and a half.   The police never found her child, nor any trace of her kidnapper.Nine years later,  Rachel,  her boyfriend Matt and the two children are doing well.  When a new family moves in, Rachel is shocked.  She is sure that their eldest daughter Bella, is actually Holly.  She just has to prove it.All Rachel ever wanted was to have her family intact.  With Holly back in the picture, she sees that her family will be perfect.  She will do whatever it takes to get her daughter back.  Whatever it takes! My Opinions:  The story is told in both current time from Rachel's point of view, and in the past from Catriona's point of view.This was a really fast read, and although I knew a twist was coming, when it came it shocked me.  I knew something was wrong with the narrative, but really didn't see what it was.  I loved it!  The plot was good, and seemed so straight forward....until it wasn't.I have read a number of books by this author, but I admit that this was one of the better ones.  I am highly recommending this one! For a more complete review of this book and others (including author information and quotations), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sure your mom told you, as did mine, that if you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. So I'm leaving that here. I've read several other books written by this author and so I will try again with the next one. I see that I am totally in the minority reaction here.I could go on and on about what I disliked but I will spare you so that you can form your own opinion. It was a quick read and I'm glad I made myself finish.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC I'm sure your mom told you, as did mine, that if you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. So I'm leaving that here. I've read several other books written by this author and so I will try again with the next one. I see that I am totally in the minority reaction here.I could go on and on about what I disliked but I will spare you so that you can form your own opinion. It was a quick read and I'm glad I made myself finish.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    Shalini Boland is always a go-to author for me, no one writes family drama or psychological thrillers likes she does. This book is no exception and did not disappoint on that front. I was amazed by the ending and I am in awe at the author's imagination. This is such a beautifully written and moving book, I also found it to be truthful and realistic, with none of the grit and grain of life hidden away, and because of this type of writing I seek out everything Shalini Boland has published. Shalini Boland is always a go-to author for me, no one writes family drama or psychological thrillers likes she does. This book is no exception and did not disappoint on that front. I was amazed by the ending and I am in awe at the author's imagination. This is such a beautifully written and moving book, I also found it to be truthful and realistic, with none of the grit and grain of life hidden away, and because of this type of writing I seek out everything Shalini Boland has published.I can’t say enough good things about this particular book. It was one hell of a roller-coaster ride for my emotions. I really felt both Rachel’s pain throughout the whole book. It felt as though I was living it with her. All the characters were greatly intertwined with each other and that’s what made this book so compelling. They all complimented each other and none of them seemed out of place. The plot was excellent as mourning a loss is bad enough but when it’s your child it’s a whole new ball game. It is told in two timelines, now and then. I enjoyed the then chapters the most, I always seem to find I could enjoy a whole book based on the before. I like finding out the who and why rather than the where and what. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read as I was flipping pages like crazy. I really enjoyed this story and I would definitely recommend it. Thank you NetGalley, Shalini Boland and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Guess whose back? The queen of twisted psychological thrillers!I find I seem to repeat myself with this authors books as they are all so good and her latest standalone is no different. As soon as I pick one up, I literally can not put it down. I started this just before going to bed and then the next thing I had read over 70%! Needless to say I was shattered the next day but it was worth it as I had less than 30% to read which I devoured in no time.The author has a knack of grabbing your Guess whose back? The queen of twisted psychological thrillers!I find I seem to repeat myself with this authors books as they are all so good and her latest standalone is no different. As soon as I pick one up, I literally can not put it down. I started this just before going to bed and then the next thing I had read over 70%! Needless to say I was shattered the next day but it was worth it as I had less than 30% to read which I devoured in no time.The author has a knack of grabbing your attention right from the very first page. She doesn’t let you go either. The reader is very much there for the long haul as you race through the pages to find out if Holly really is Rachel’s daughter.The suspense is almost electrifying as Rachel definitely had me convinced. She’s been battling demons with the collapse of her relationship with Holly’s dad and always having at the back of her mind where her daughter is and whether she is alive or dead. Her new partner Matt is the perfect partner though and she has two wonderful children still but seeing this girl gives her new hope.At times the story feels almost frenzied in Rachel’s quest to prove that Kate’s daughter is in fact her own. Hell, I was desperate to know! I wanted more than anything for there to be some closure for Rachel. When that all important climax comes. Wow, oh Wow! That’s all I’m saying.The Other Daughter is a brilliantly twisted, edge of your seat ride that will have you gripping on for dear life. The authors mind is so dark and twisted and I can’t get enough of it. My pulse is racing just thinking about it. Brilliant read yet again.My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Alicia Huxtable
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't see that ending comingWow!! When you believe something and it isn't what it seems. Shalini Boland is one hell of a writer who sucks you in from the start and didn't let go till the last word. I'm still picking my jaw up off the ground........
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel is happy with her life. She has two young kids—Charlie and Jess—and a loving boyfriend, Matt. But Rachel has never been able to fully cope with a traumatic event that happened years earlier. And the only person who knows about her pain is herself, as she’s never told Matt about her troubled past.When Rachel meets a new mom who has just recently moved to Dorset, Kate, she’s ecstatic, as her two kids are in the same classes as Charlie and Jess. But when Rachel sees Kate’s older daughter, Rachel is happy with her life. She has two young kids—Charlie and Jess—and a loving boyfriend, Matt. But Rachel has never been able to fully cope with a traumatic event that happened years earlier. And the only person who knows about her pain is herself, as she’s never told Matt about her troubled past.When Rachel meets a new mom who has just recently moved to Dorset, Kate, she’s ecstatic, as her two kids are in the same classes as Charlie and Jess. But when Rachel sees Kate’s older daughter, Bella, she is quickly taken aback. 11-year old Bella looks just like Rachel’s daughter, Holly, would look like now. 9-years ago, Holly went missing and Rachel hasn’t seen her since—until now. And Rachel is convinced that Bella is Rachel’s stolen Holly.Sparked by an instant obsession, Rachel ends up in a wild goose chase to uncover what happened to Holly. But in her desperate search, she not only scares Kate and her family, but her own boyfriend, Matt. Rachel is quickly losing her sanity, but it’s all worth it in the name of finding her daughter—or is it?The Other Daughter is another twisty thriller by beloved author, Shalini Boland. The premise of this story intrigued me and the book read extremely quickly. I didn’t see the major “twist” coming, but with that said, I didn’t find this story as gripping as some of Shalini Boland’s others. I was dissatisfied with the ending, as I wish there was more poetic justice at the end of this story. I still enjoyed the wild ride Shalini Boland takes us on, but I overall just wanted more out of this quick read. 3.5/5 stars.Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Now: Rachel’s three-year-old daughter Holly is taken from a mall. Nine years later, she’s still missing. Even Rachel’s live in boyfriend and her two children don’t know about Holly. Then a new family moves to town and Rachel is certain their twelve-year-old Bella is her missing daughter.Then: Catriola’s daughter Grace dies so she steals Holly and starts calling her Grace.Except that’s not really the plot and Shalini Boland needs a number of pages to tell (not show) readers why. I’ll tell you why Now: Rachel’s three-year-old daughter Holly is taken from a mall. Nine years later, she’s still missing. Even Rachel’s live in boyfriend and her two children don’t know about Holly. Then a new family moves to town and Rachel is certain their twelve-year-old Bella is her missing daughter.Then: Catriola’s daughter Grace dies so she steals Holly and starts calling her Grace.Except that’s not really the plot and Shalini Boland needs a number of pages to tell (not show) readers why. I’ll tell you why to save you from reading this non-thrilling “thriller”.Rachel isn’t really Rachel, she’s Catriola. She never had a daughter Holly but imagined her dead Grace as Holly. Rachel/Catriola’s daughter Jess is actually a girl named Holly who Catriola stole from the real Rachel. Bella’s family are just innocent victims. Confused? Boland’s plot is so contrived and ridiculous and requires so much explaining it loses any punch. A good twisted should be more of an “aha, I missed that” not a dissertation of implausibility.I’m glad I only paid 99 cents for this.
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  • Farshana S A
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Net Galley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for the ARC of The Other Daughter.I did actually delay reading this coz was just not in a frame of a mind to start with yet another child abduction story but once I began, kept banging my head over the delay.The Other Daughter is a brilliant and convoluted thriller. The story begins with Catriona caked with mud walking off with a child that's not hers from a shopping mall play area. The other segment of the story shows us Rachel who is in Many thanks to Net Galley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for the ARC of The Other Daughter.I did actually delay reading this coz was just not in a frame of a mind to start with yet another child abduction story but once I began, kept banging my head over the delay.The Other Daughter is a brilliant and convoluted thriller. The story begins with Catriona caked with mud walking off with a child that's not hers from a shopping mall play area. The other segment of the story shows us Rachel who is in a happy relationship with Mark and 2 children who is yet to divulge the loss of her elder daughter Holly to her family. During a school run she befriends a new mom Kate whose elder daughter Bella resembles Holly and thus begins the twisty and crazy tale. Rachel is convinced that Bella is Holly and is determined to do whatever it takes to win her back, her actions becoming more and more crazier by the day.Shalini Boland has written a fantastic thriller that makes the reader believe a particular scenario and at the end throws every thing out of the window. This had such a jaw-dropping twist that had me going "oh my".Highly recommended.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Keeping up with October’s thriller month in this page turning read thanks to netgalley and the publisher.Its every parents worst nightmare come true in this crazy psychological thriller!! Child abduction and A twist you won’t see coming a mile away!
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