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


Fantastic!5 star

Fantastic read, couldn’t put it down, the ending was perfect!55


Great read5 star

Great read ! Hard to put down! That twist tho! Make sure there is time to finish once the book is started because the reader will want know what happened!55

texas sailorette

Just a little confused…4 star

I liked the book, except when the names started confusing me who was who…especially towards the end. They could have made another book on going forward with Rachel getting to know her daughter…45


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

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