The Other Daughter Book Review

The Other Daughter Book Review

Title: The Other Daughter
Author: Shalini Boland
Published: November 5, 2019, Bookouture
No. of Pages: 232
Cover Price: $8.99 Paperback, $3.99 Kindle

Bestselling author Shalini Boland has outdone herself in The Other Daughter where protabonist, Rachel is having coffee with friends at the mall while her 2 1/2 year old daughter, Holly, plays in the children’s play area. Holly is kidnapped and is never found. That is, until nine years later when Rachel is living in Dorsett and a new family moves in. Rachel notices their older daughter, Bella, looks just like Holly would probably look, and she is sure Bella is her long lost daughter. Rachel gets to know Kate, Bella’s mother, and is sure it was her that kidnapped her daughter. Rachel has two other children and lives with a loving boyfriend. When she confides in her boyfriend that she is sure Bella is her long, lost daughter, she attempts to get enough evidence to go to the police, causing problems, since she begins to follow Bella and even breaks into Kate’s house to get DNA evidence.

Boland is excellent at weaving a fascinating storyline, with a couple of sub-plots that tie into the main story perfectly. The characters are well developed and seem real. The setting in a small town in England adds charm to the story,(along with English idioms which are fun) and the unexpected twists and turns keep readers on the edges of their seats.

The dénouement doesn’t come until the very end and will leave readers stunned. The novel is fast moving and well-written. This is an enjoyable novel.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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