The Other Daughter

The Other Daughter Summary

I read this book in a day! I enjoyed it so much I wanted to cancel plans just to read it!… Loved it loved it loved it!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 doing her best, living a quiet life in Dorset. She’s tried to forget the traumatic day when she lost her daughter, hide her broken heart and put everything into her new family and loving partner, who know none of the secrets in her painful past.

Until one afternoon when Rachel meets a new school parent and her beautiful teenage daughter. Rachel’s world is instantly turned upside down. She’d recognise that face anywhere – it’s her missing child.

Rachel is overwhelmed with joy – and fear. Has the woman who abducted Holly followed her? How will her partner react when he learns about the trauma she has hidden for so many years? And given how much time has passed, what if no one believes her?

But Rachel knows it’s Holly. 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. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

Why readers are completely gripped by The Other Daughter:

Wow WOW wow... can't say enough good things about this book!!... unputdownable... read it in one sitting. This author never seems to disappoint!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Oh my goodness, wow wow wow. I have just finished this 5-star whopper of a book and my brain is still digesting it as I type. I absolutely loved this book… The twists and turns were fantastic and I absolutely did not see any of it coming. Brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

OMG this book was one of the best I have ever read… amazing… Ten stars once again!’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Just blew me away. From the first chapter I couldn't put it down… her best novel yet. I wish I could give it 6 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Ohh my god this was simply AMAZING!! That ending just completely blew my mind!... a masterpiece… absolutely captivating read!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BOOM BOOM BOOM the twist happens… didn’t see it coming and actually gasped out loud around 4am this morning as I had to get up early to finish… Loved it, loved it, loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow, wow, wow…If you haven’t read her books yet you are definitely missing out in life… I will shout to the moon and back on how great this book was.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Superb!... read this book in one day… A MUST READ!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Whoa. I stayed up till 6am trying to finish this because it was so good!!! From the first page you will be pulled in!... I was practically yelling at the book in shock and disbelief at the didn’t-see-that-coming ending’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A throat punch right to the jugular!... I was completely blindsided… Bottom line – this read was CRAZY good!... 5+ stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Brilliant… I won’t spoil anything but OMG!!! How clever – wow! Wow, wow wow! 5** and 10 if I could’ Nicki’s Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Reviews


Great book!5 star

Great read and man what a twist!!55


Fabulous!5 star

You'll never see it coming! Very well written; I couldn't put it down.55

Lady RMJ

The Other Daughter5 star

This book was so thrilling...I couldn’t put it down!! I never expected the ending. Now I’ll be reading more of Shalini Boland’s books!!55


Drags on and on and has a ridiculous ending2 star

I wanted to like this book, but most of the story is not well thought out. It borders on the ridiculous, and I’m kicking myself for wasting the past week reading it. The final chapters are supposed to be serious, but I kept finding myself chuckle at the absurdity.25


woah!4 star

great twist at the end, i literally gasped!45


Thrilling Read5 star

The Other Daughter is a brilliantly written book with two narratives separated by time. The story is captivating and Rachel’s emotional turmoil as she ruffles through Holly’s past is captured beautifully. The twist at the end isn’t exactly something you wouldn’t expect but it’s still powerful. Overall, this book was quite the ride and had me going through the chapters with frantic anticipation.55

Paleo Schnauzer

Insipid1 star

Great premise and yet easy to guess outcome. I’d prefer far more depth and sophistication in the writing. Could have been much more had it been a better written story.15

frosty 12

The Other Daughter5 star

Very well written. Great suspense. Loved twist at the end. Didn’t see that coming. Will recommend.55


Wow, just wow!5 star

Let me start off by saying, wow, just wow! 5/5 stars rating for sure! I'd have rated it even higher if I could! As the tagline states, this was truly, "an addictive psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist"! Every parent's worst nightmare, child abduction- that's where our story starts. Initially, I was intrigued by the story's synopsis: an almost-three-year-old, Holly, taken from a mall play place as her mother sat nearby with her baby sister in tow, drinking coffee and catching up with a friend. Honestly, it was hard not to relate to the assumed excitement that the mother, Rachel, must have been feeling to finally get out of the house and talk to another adult, to actually be able to enjoy hot coffee knowing that her little one was right nearby and within eyeshot, happily entertaining herself. Who would've thought that what should have been a happy little outing would end up becoming the defining moment forever changing their lives? Curiously, instead of reading an account of these terrible events as told from the mother, the first chapter introduces us to a version of events written from the abductor's point of view, told in chapters labeled "then". This choice of narrative ups the creep factor, the fear even more - at just how easily this kidnapper, Catriona, lures little Holly away from her mother and into a whole new life. At this point, I became even more absorbed by figuring out how everything would come together in the end. As the story progressess the reader is taken on a journey, from "Then" to "Now", as told years later amidst the possibility that Holly has returned when a new family moves into town with a daughter strikingly similar to her own lost eldest child. The "Now" anecdote goes to show just how far this mother would go to prove her daughter has returned, and of course, get her back. Just when I came to terms with the way the story was unfolding and thought that I could guess the ending, boom! That's the exact moment when the author so cleverly decided to redirect us through our next turn of events, a new development leaving us guessing all over again. Through all of the twists and turns though, I never once suspected "The Other Daughter" would've ended as it did! I enjoyed the suspense and the psychological aspect, the story's "Then" and "Now" perspectives, the character development and pretty much everything about this story. Usually, when I read a story there will be positive points and negative ones, perhaps more of one than the other depending on the content. However, when it came to "The Other Child" I honestly couldn't find anything negative to report. Now that's saying something! In the end, I succumbed to the overwhelming need to hug my children tight and be happy that this was just a story - similarly to waking up from a nightmare and reassuring yourself that it was only a dream... Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Shalini Boland for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.55


Loved!!!!!5 star

Wow, wow, wow Shalini Boland does it again. I just can’t get enough of her books. I’ve read many of her books and this one tops the cake. I can’t say enough good things about it. If you haven’t read her books yet you are definitely missing out in life. This book was about a woman named Rachel trying to recover after the loss of her first daughter Holly. Holly went missing many years early but then Rachel sees a girl who looks just like her. Now the hunt is on to prove that girl she’s seen is her missing daughter. Rachel’s on a mission and no one is going to stop her until she finds out if her daughter is still alive. I can’t say enough good things about this author and her books. All of her books take you on this rollercoaster ride that you never want to get off from. This is especially true about this one. I couldn’t get enough and didn’t want to sleep or eat until I found out who was lying and who was telling the truth. As each chapter went by you finally piece together what is really going on and boy is the ending a shock of all shockers. I couldn’t believe the twist that came. I never suspected it throughout the whole book. The ending made this book. I will shout to the moon and back on how great this book was. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️55

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