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The Other Daughter

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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, Rach
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Bookouture
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Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a child abduction from a busy London shopping centre. Catriona is distraught, muddy and in this emotional state she takes 2 year old girl while her mother is talking to a friend. Part of the story is told in the past from Catriona’s perspective. The other narrator of the story is Rachel Farnborough whose daughter Holly has been abducted several years previously. Rachel meets Kate Morris whose elder daughter Bella bears a striking resemblance to Holly and so Rachel is determi ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Other Daughter is the sixth psychological thriller I’ve read by Shalini Boland so that alone should tell you I really enjoy her writing. I am at the point now after all previous four or five star stories that I don’t even bother reading the blurb and just grab away when I see her name and here we are yet again with another winner!

This book features a mother who had gone through one of the most devastating things that could happen to a parent. Nine years earlier Rachel had gone ou
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is my first book by the author and it initially appealed to me because the plot sounded awesome!

I know there is an arguement that psychological thrillers dont need in depth characters but I do believe they need some depth, for me this was the biggest issue when reading this book, it felt like a one dimensional sketch.

The page count is low therefore some meat could be put on these bones without it turning into a beast of a book, the ideas are brilliant but the execution is half hearted and
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my advance copy of “The Other Daughter” by Shalini Boland– for my honest review

This is the first book I have read by Shalini Boland, and did enjoy her style of writing. The book kept my interest, and I thought it was a well written storyline, full of twists, turns and lots of guessing.

I did find it quite unrealistic and over the top at about the half way point, but still did enjoy it.

I will read more books by this auth
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From reading other reviews,I have noticed that when it comes down to twists in thrillers,reader's opinions are divided. Some enjoy a really good twist of two whilst others don't,I suppose it's all down to personal preference. Me....I love a good twist or two,as long as I don't see them coming. I love a twist that blows my mind and leaves me sat in my comfy chair,totally stunned and doing a very bad impersonation of omg cat. Well.. in The Other Daughter, Shalini Boland cleverly manipulates the re ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another exciting gripping psychological thriller by author Shalini Boland that I can highly recommend.
Rachel's two and half year old daughter Holly is abducted while Rachel is chatting to a friend at a local playground and is momentarily distracted. Holly is never found and nine years later Rachel is now living in Dorset still traumatised from losing her eldest daughter Holly but making a fresh start with her new partner. Her world is again thrown into turmoil again when Rachel meets a new
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Two year old Holly is abducted from a play area in a shopping centre. Unfortunately she is never found.
Nine years later Rachel sees a girl that she thinks is Holly and will stop at nothing to prove that this girl is her daughter.
Rachel's behaviour becomes increasingly desperate and she begins to act more and more unhinged.
I found parts of this book unbelievable and I had suspected that there would be a twist in the story.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy
Mandy White
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shalini Boland is a go to author for me, having enjoyed most of her books. The Other Daughter was once again a fast read with a quick paced story. Although there were a few things that I struggled with believing, this was a great book.

9 years ago Rachel's 2 year old daughter Holly was taken whilst playing at a coffee shop. She has never given up hope of finding her daughter again. She meets a new family to the area and becomes friendly with the mother Kate. When she meets Kates eldes
Natalia  Ramlal
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nine years after her two-year-old daughter Holly is abducted at a busy shopping mall, Rachel Farnborough meets a girl who she believes is her missing daughter and will stop at nothing to get her back. I absolutely loved this book. The plot was engaging, perfectly paced, and thoroughly entertaining. The author cleverly tricks the reader into thinking they know exactly what's going on in the story. But then reveals a shocking twist that will mess with your mind and make you question everything you ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have been reading Shalini Boland’s books, you know that her stories are always engrossing, fast paced and have unexpected twists. This book is no different and keeps you hooked till the end, though not all aspects of the story tie up realistically.

Rachel works hard to bring balance to her life after her eldest daughter Holly is kidnapped. Her partner leaves her with a young toddler (Jess) to care for. Nine years later, she has a loving partner in Matt now, and they raise two k
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shalini Boland strikes again! Another dark twisty psychological thriller from the master herself. Nine years ago Rachel‘s eldest daughter Holly went missing while she was playing at a playground. Rachel only wasn’t paying attention for a few minutes and her daughter disappeared, never to be seen again... that is until now. While at the school pick up Rachel starts a conversation with a new mom Kate and then she sees Kates oldest daughter Bella and has the shock of her life. Bella is the spitting ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This, my 8th book review for this author ( the most reviews for any author since I started reviewing ) and can honestly say they have all been great but by the tiniest of margins......
This is my favourite!

Imagine your daughter, aged 2 and a half is taken whilst you have a coffee with a friend, you think she is safe a few feet away in the cafe playhouse
Imagine spending 9 years grieving for her
You start a new life, a new family and move to a new area but of course nev
Linda Strong
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rachel's 2 year old daughter, Holly, was taken by a stranger. Mom was sitting with some friends, busily chatting and she took her eyes off for just a moment. A moment is all it took. It's been 9 years and Holly has never been found.

Rachel still grieves for her lost daughter, even though she's gone on to have more children with a loving partner. She's tried to keep her past secret, even her partner has no knowledge of a missing child.

While waiting at the school for her dau
*thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 stars!

Ohh my god this was simply AMAZING!! That ending just completely blew my mind! I don't think I was even expecting a twist but that's probably because I was so caught up in the story I wasn't even thinking about that. This was just beyond my expectations. The ending was so massive that it actually took my brain quite awhile to absorb what I had just
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: October 15th 2019

"She's inside a nightmare. She's inside hell. And nothing will ever be the same again."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Samantha Curtis
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow. I wish I could give this book 10 stars

I really don’t know how to start. This book was amazing. I love all shalina. One of my favourite authors.
I couldn’t wait to get this on netgalley


Every parents worst nightmare. Rachel takes her daughter to a play area for a catch up with a friend. They 1 second of not paying attention and Rachel’s daughter is snatched. 9 years later Rachel moved to Dorset to have a fresh start. Rachel made friends with Kate at the
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

Every parent would agree this is their worst nightmare...their child goes missing. It happened to Rachel, nine long years ago but she remembers it like it was yesterday. Every single day she analyzes every little girl that would be around Holly's age, wouldn't you do the same? What if by chance you actually saw Holly again? Or what if she moved in to the same town as you...hiding in plain sight?

Wow! What a great premise this is, it had me locked in and hanging onto every word from t
Sophie's Reading Corner
Rachel had her little daughter Holly taken from her one day and now 9 years later , she's living in a different city with her younger daughter Jess, her boyfriend and the son they got together. She left everything in the past and didn't even mention Holly to her boyfriend until one day she meets a new family that moved in their city and one of their daughters looks like exactly how her daughter Holly would look like today.

I really enjoyed this mystery thriller and kept me on my toes, wondering
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Guess whose back? The queen of twisted psychological thrillers!

I find I seem to repeat myself with this authors books as they are all so good and her latest standalone is no different. As soon as I pick one up, I literally can not put it down. I started this just before going to bed and then the next thing I had read over 70%! Needless to say I was shattered the next day but it was worth it as I had less than 30% to read which I devoured in no time.

The author has a knack
Nov 03, 2019 added it
I'm sure your mom told you, as did mine, that if you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. So I'm leaving that here.

I've read several other books written by this author and so I will try again with the next one. I see that I am totally in the minority reaction here.

I could go on and on about what I disliked but I will spare you so that you can form your own opinion. It was a quick read and I'm glad I made myself finish.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bo
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Rachel is happy with her life. She has two young kids—Charlie and Jess—and a loving boyfriend, Matt. But Rachel has never been able to fully cope with a traumatic event that happened years earlier. And the only person who knows about her pain is herself, as she’s never told Matt about her troubled past.

When Rachel meets a new mom who has just recently moved to Dorset, Kate, she’s ecstatic, as her two kids are in the same classes as Charlie and Jess. But when Rachel sees Kate’s older
Farshana S A
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Many thanks to Net Galley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for the ARC of The Other Daughter.

I did actually delay reading this coz was just not in a frame of a mind to start with yet another child abduction story but once I began, kept banging my head over the delay.

The Other Daughter is a brilliant and convoluted thriller. The story begins with Catriona caked with mud walking off with a child that's not hers from a shopping mall play area. The other segment of the story sh
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Keeping up with October’s thriller month in this page turning read thanks to netgalley and the publisher.
Its every parents worst nightmare come true in this crazy psychological thriller!! Child abduction and A twist you won’t see coming a mile away!
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shalini has done it again in delivering us a real treat in this gripping and addictive thriller! You could have knocked me down with a feather THAT TWIST at the end I could not fathom coming, very clever and well thought. The plot is highly engaging and addictive, you will thoroughly enjoy until the very last page. I’m a huge long time fan of Shalini’s and I always look forward to her books I’ve read every one and they have never disappointed me!

A big thank you to netgalley for a cop
Sally Tyrer
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow a real psychological thriller with a complex twist that I never saw coming! In fact I had to re read a couple of pages to convince myself of what I was reading! Love a good twist that leaves me stunned and shell shocked at the same tine! This book certainly doesn’t disappoint and is hard to put down you just want to keep reading to see what’s going to happen next and it’s never what you expect!
A great cliff hanger of a book that explores a mother’s love, desperation and ultimately down
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg omg omg....

Holy fuck!!

What did I just read?!!

Shalini Boland is one brilliant schemer who can pull the rug from under my feet. I fell with a thud on my arse. But I could feel nothing but the tingles she caused in my entire body with the mind-numbing, soul-tearing, rip-roaring twist. (I wanted to use expletives, but I barely restrained myself!!)

How could anyone think of such a warped plot where my realities tangled into a knot?

9 years ago, a chi
The Reads
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shalini Boland is a new author for me. This was my first taste of the maniacal web of deceit, heartbreak and the pure brain twisters that she is able write. I felt honoured to be accepted for this ARC and my was I in for a treat. After finishing this book, I immediately jumped onto goodreads and added the rest of the thrillers she has penned straight onto my TBR. I really try to go into each book without any outrageous expectations, but I had a feeling that this was going to deliver and deliver ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland

First Gripping Paragraph:

She’s inside a nightmare. She’s inside hell. And nothing will ever be the same again.

This is exactly why I obsessively read everything by this author. She captures my interest right from the start and keeps it until the very end. I read this book in a little over 4 hours which is a record for me but it’s a dreary rainy Sunday and it set the mood perfectly for this psychological thriller.

Rachel experiences the worst nightmare
Elaine's Reviews
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rachel is out for a coffee with a friend and takes her eye off her 2 1/2 year old daughter, Holly for a moment while she's playing in a wendy house beside her in a shopping centre, and in the blink of an eye she disappears.

Fast forward 7 years and Rachel is in a very happy relationship with Matt, and mother of Jess and Charlie. Holly however is always on her mind. When a new family move into the area and Rachel sees their 10 year old daughter, Bella, she is in shock, this girl is the spitting i
Wendi Lee
*3.75 stars*

Rachel's young daughter was abducted from a public play area. Nine years later, Rachel thinks she has found her daughter again - now a tween belonging to a new, seemingly friendly family. The similarities between tween Bella and toddler Holly are too many for Rachel to ignore. What heights will she go to to get her daughter back?

Well, this was a suspenseful, captivating read! I could hardly put down the book, desperate to find out what really happened to Holly
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