The Other Daughter - Shalini Boland
Reading Challenge Category: Just wanted to read
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…
Well, this gripped and intrigued me right from the first chapter! Who is this person, why is she muddy and oh my goodness, what has she done? I had seen this book all over Twitter and just knew I had to give it a go. Shalini Boland’s books certainly seem to get good press, and this fascinated me. It’s not often I randomly buy a book by an unknown (to me) author, but I decided to take a chance on this, and I’m so glad I did. It got to 2 am this morning, and I really wanted to keep reading but with over an hour left I had to be sensible and get some sleep. I picked it straight up again this morning and devoured the ending. I knew when reading that nothing was going to be as it seemed. I knew there was going to be a big twist, but this time I couldn’t figure it out. It completely came out of nowhere and whacked me around the head. I was utterly sideswiped, and I hadn’t for a minute, thought that at all. There are so many red herrings, and I just thought it could go any way! It was very cleverly written to not only keep you gripped, but the twist at the end is very complicated but was easily decipherable. I was very impressed. I will definitely be putting this author’s back catalogue on my TBR. An easy five star read.