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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,687 ratings  ·  1,152 reviews
In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.

She'd been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come.

Eleven years late
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Mira
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
3.5 stars

So this is one of those tricky books to review, because it runs so deep into extreme spoiler territory I’m afraid to use words. Or signs. Or even pictures. Maybe interpretive dance would be best. Really, the less you know the better, and I almost wish you couldn’t read the summary on the back of the dang book. There have been a multitude of girl-related psychological thrillers to flood our bookstores and kindles over the past few years, and most of them are part of a same basic plot wit
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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ONLY DAUGHTER is the debut psychological thriller by Anna Snoekstra.

A young woman steps out of her own troubled life and into the life of a woman who has been missing for the past eleven years.

I am having a bit of a hard time rating this book. I read it in just a few sittings, but I'm not sure how much of that was because I was enjoying it or because I wanted to get to the end. I didn't feel like I wanted to throw in the to
Veronica ⭐️
Stayed up late to finish this book then had all these seriously messed up characters in my head all night!!!

Our narrator is picked up for shoplifting. Desperate for a way out, her mind recalls a missing person post in which the girl looked remarkably like her. She announces she is “Rebecca Winter” missing for 11 years. Her first thought is to get through this and then escape from police first chance she gets but then she thinks a nice loving family is just what she needs right now and surely she
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
2.5 stars for Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra.

The idea for the plot was brilliant, unfortunately I think the execution of it left something to be desired. Parts of the book are well written, others not so well written. There were times I was tempted to put this book down and walk away from it, but my desire to find out what had happened to Bec over-rode that, and in the end I am glad I did finish it. There are a couple of really great twists but also some glaring holes in the plot and I think th
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
4.25 stars!
I have been in a bit of a University-assignment-induced Reading slump lately, but now I have a few weeks to binge on as many books as I can! So I started with some neglected netgalley books I haven’t had a chance to get to yet.

I started Only Daughter, totally forgetting the premise and why I had requested it in the first place, and quickly got sucked into the plot and writing even before I remembered that Snoekstra is an AUSTRALIAN author! Yes! An Aussie thriller! Set in Canberra no
In 2003, 16 year Rebecca (Bec) Winters went missing. She was a normal teenager, with a summer job at Maccas, a crush on an older male worker, a BFF called Lizzie and a seemingly happy homelife with her Mum and Dad and younger twin brothers. Some 11y later a women arrested by the police claims to be the missing girl. Somehow she manages to fool the police, Rebecca's parents and brothers and fake a DNA test, and then take Rebecca's place in her family home. But as she starts to find out more about ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good psychological thriller, I listened to the audio format. What a great debut, I will be looking out for more from this author. I also saw her speak at the BAD festival this year, she is someone to look out for.

Set in Canberra, a young woman disappears during a very hot summer, ten years later a woman turns up claiming to be the missing woman, Rebecca Winters. This woman was on the run from her own shady past, but what happened to Bec, and why has her family accepted her return, surely they c
A case of from the frying pan into the fire. A girl escaping whatever it was she’s done at home is on the road, hungry, is caught shoplifting, and so grabs at the opportunity to impersonate a girl who disappeared 11 years ago from her Canberra home.

Her resemblance to Rebecca Winter, the missing girl, is so pronounced that even her boyfriend had commented when they saw the notice on TV.

Unfortunately, it seems she may have let herself in for more than she bargained for.

This girl tells the stor
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
She's been caught shoplifting food. She's hungry, homeless, dirty, and on the run. But she has a way out. She happens to look identical to a teen girl who went missing a decade earlier, Rebecca Winter. She assumes Rebecca's identity, using it as a get-out-of-jail-free card. Little does she know her new life as Bec Winter is its own kind of prison. Before she knows it, she's wrapped up in the mystery of her alter ego's disappearance, and it looks like the killer might be after her.

This story is t
Linda Strong
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Winter was a typical 16-year-old, working at McDonald's, flirting with the boys and hanging with her best friend, Lizzie. Strange things start happening ... she feels that someone is watching her, following her. She feels a presence in her room in the middle of the night.
Eleven years ago she disappeared.

Today, she has been replaced.

A young woman, after being arrested for shoplifting, tells the police that she is Rebecca Winter.

And soon this woman is living Rebecca's life .... loving th
I’ve always been good at playing a part: the mysterious seductress for the sleazebag, the doe-eyed innocent for the protector.

The first sentence had me hooked. A girl who gets by through life by being who she needs to be or thinks people need her to be. But when she gets herself into a situation where playing a role doesn't get her off the hook, she does the next best thing and claims the identity of a missing girl - a girl missing for eleven years. Can't be that hard to pretend to be someon
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads

Only Daughter is a dark thriller with some twists!

In 2004, 16 year old Bec Winter goes missing. In 2014, a young woman who has an uncanny appearance to Bec, is arrested for shoplifting. In order to prevent the police from arresting her, she lies and says that she is the missing Bec Winter.

This imposter is quite intelligent and is able to elude the police from discovering that she is not really Bec. She comes across like a sociopath. She is reunited with Bec’s family, who wants to make up for l
Erin Dunn
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing an ebook copy of Only Daughter By: Anna Snoekstra in exchange for an honest review.

WOW. While I can't say that Only Daughter is a perfect book, it is certainly a disturbing thriller. Which is just what I wanted to read! As soon as I started reading I was hooked. I read the whole thing during an INCREDIBLY busy weekend. I just had to keep reading this book though.

The writing is so
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, arc, netgalley
Nightmares are had by characters in this book, and I will be having nightmares after reading it!

Only Daughter is a fast paced paced, totally gripping psychological thriller. I went into this book slightly blind, which I think is the way to go with thrillers - the less you know the better. I was pleasantly surprised as to where the plot took me.

While I enjoyed all the twists and turns, many of which I did not see coming, and genuinely did not trust a single character for one minute, the last qua
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25 stars!! I felt like this book dragged a bit and there was too much going on, too many suspects. Some of the scenes felt incomplete. The ending was pretty good though.
Have you ever wanted to be a tourist in someone else’s life? Just pretend to be someone else for a little while and escape your own everyday monotony? The main character in Only Daughter stumbled upon the perfect entryway for this situation and she thought it would solve all her problems. Only it just created more. Apparently, Only Daughter shares a similar plotline with many other novels, however the only similar one I have read is Sara Shepard's The Lying Game. Alternating time frames voiced b ...more
Judy D Collins
Only Daughter, Anna Snoekstra's debut novel set in Canberra, is bound for Hollywood. Looking forward to the movie!

Australian writer Anna Snoekstra’s dark and twisty ONLY DAUGHTER is set in Canberra-"The perfect setting for a troubled teenage protagonist, permeated with a sense of looming danger," says the author in an online interview. Readers will agree it sets the tone for a sense of paranoia.

Rebecca (Bec) is a young woman who goes missing. Eleven years later a girl trying to escape getti
Erin Clemence
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Only Daughter”, by Anna Snoekstra, is reminiscent of “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica. Just as intense, nail-biting and addictive, “Daughter” is a creative whirlwind of drama and suspense.
In 2003, Bec Winter disappeared. Eleven years later, a young woman, desperate to escape prison and the mistakes of her own life, claims to be the missing girl. Soon, she is living Bec Winter’s life- living in her house, being loved by her family and embraced by her friends. As the new Bec tries to dodge questio
Crime by the Book
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have very mixed feelings on this book. Pros: it's a short read & very fast paced, with an intriguing plot. Cons: it's really lacking in suspense/tension/real content.

This really did not feel like a true psychological thriller to me. The premise certainly is, but the execution fell flat. To me, this is mostly a story profiling two young women, with a suspenseful, fairly hair-raising final 30ish pages. The vast majority of the book is spent flashing back and forth between the young woman who di
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You know how some people like to politely warn you before they tell you something incredibly disturbing? They'll try to act all coy, like, "Are you sure you want to know? Once I tell you, I can't untell you." And of course, that only makes you want to know more, because curiosity is the devil, and you tell yourself that it couldn't possibly worse than what you're imagining - but then they tell you and it is so much worse, and they're lik
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
What can I say about Only Daughter By Anna Snoekstra did I like it yes & no it was a quick read for me & was a page turner BUT I think the author didn't do enough research into police procedural it was lacking something I couldn't put my finger on & thought the plot sounded promising but was a letdown.

The story is told between 2 POV's Bec in 2003 & Rebecca in 2014.

Rebecca Winter is a typical 16 year old girl working at Macca's, flirting with boys & hanging around with Lizzie, then things suddenl
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: physical-arcs
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I loved the premise of this book and thought it was a fairly original storyline, yes I’ve seen it done before but not exactly the same way. I enjoyed Good As Gone and had hoped this one would be similar as they seem to have quite a bit in common just based off the blurbs. Regrettably, this one missed the mark for me.

As I said previously, the basis for this book is fantastic! You have a decade long missing person, Bec who vanished without a trace. A young homeles
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-author
What an intense read! Firstly, I have to say that I feel a bit cheated. The book that I received, the story finished about halfway through the book! I was SO surprised and confused - I thought it couldn't possibly be the end yet! The rest of the book was made up of huge "sneak peeks" at 4 different other books by different authors. I have never come across that before. A short excerpt from the next book by that author, maybe, but not four different other books like this - taking up literally hal ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2016; Mira/HarperCollins

In 2003, sixteen year old, Rebecca Winter vanishes after her shift at a fast food restaurant. Eleven years later, a Bec look alike in trouble, decides to use this to get out of her current situation. As the imposter tries to blend in she realizes that the people around her have their own secrets.

That is about as much as I can say without out giving away the end. This is a quick read as there is not much to this book. At times it reads like a first draft, wai
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must buy, must read. Loved reading Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra so much that I am now following Anna Snoekstra on Goodreads. The police take a girl to the station for shoplifting. A selfish idea comes into her head, she knows that she looks just like a girl who went missing. She tells the police a naughty big lie. My name is Rebecca Winter. Eleven years ago, I was abducted. Rebecca is taken home to her parents house, they appear to be pleased that their only daughter is safely back home wit ...more
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I was going to rate this about 2.5-stars, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ending and wanted to bump it up to 3. This was a good thriller in the sense that it kept my interest to the end. But, I just didn't think the plot was thaaaat twisty. I look for complicated, brain-fuckery type plots when I read thrillers and this wasn't really that. Despite these complaints and the rating I'm giving it, it was still enjoyable. I don't think I'd necessarily recommend it, but I don't regret reading it at all. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Only Daughter is a fast and intriguing read, the kind of twisty turny thriller that keeps you turning the pages to see whats what. In this case a girl trying to get herself out of hot water finds herself in a true “Out of the frying pan into the fire” moment as she infiltrates a family that is not her own.

It was an interesting concept – the author cleverly tells us not much about this girl, the fake “Bec” – we don’t know her name or anything useful. The story is all centred around the real Bec s
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

*Updated review*

Just when you think you have it all figure out, Snoekstra throws you a curveball that takes you on a wild ride.

What I really enjoyed about this book was the pacing. It is written in two distinct styles: the first from the perspective of Fake Bec living in the present, the other from the perspective of Lost Bec living in the past. These two timelines weave together almost seamlessly and I thought it was a fantastic way to di
Regina Noviana
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-horror
The story is dark, the kind that sucks you in to a swirl of uncomfortable feeling. Disturbing and gave me chills. Still, I couldn't stop reading it though, as I was eager to find out what happened to the real Bec. And I didn't feel comfortable with any of the characters (they are seriously messed up!), except maybe Lizzie - the rest, I wouldn't ever wanna cross path with them. This not-so-nice girl was pretending to be Bec Winter, the girl who disappeared more than a decade ago and came back, on ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Gripping, down to the very last chapter.
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Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at Melbourne University, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

Anna's short films and music videos have screened around the world. She has written an array of published and award winning short fiction. Her debut novel ONLY DAUGHTER was published in September 2016 (Mira). Her second novel LITTLE S

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