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The Other Daughter

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,600 ratings  ·  430 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Bookouture
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Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
In a heartbeat, little 3 year old Holly has vanished. Here one minute, gone the next from a local playground. Her mother Rachel, mere feet away. Just one distracted moment for mom to turn away to chat with friends and poof… Holly was never seen again.

Now nine years later Rachel has moved away and started her life over. She has a devoted boyfriend she loves, as well as 2 young children to raise. Of course she has never forgotten her sweet Holly, just never speaks of her or that horrendous day
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
Susanne  Strong
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.75 Stars.

Talk about a Twisty Turny, WILD Ride!

Rachel remembers the day nine years ago when her daughter Holly was kidnapped and yet she has never spoken of it - not to anyone since moving away from that dreadful place and building a new life with her boyfriend Matt and raising her other daughter Jess, and having another child with her boyfriend. Life must go on.

When a new family moves to town, Rachel’s world is turned upside down when she meets their eldest daughter “Bella” who is Holly’s spit
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
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 the very firs
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 out with a fri
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Catriona realises she still has mud caked in her fingernails. Her clothes are still a bit muddy too. She should go and have a shower before Darren gets home. But then she remembers...and with that vivid flash of memory, her body begins to tremble once more - a strange, unsettling shaking that she has no control over. And she realises that there's no way she's going to be able to go back into that bathroom.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Nine years ago her daughter was taken. And now she’s back.

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 schoo
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 kids – Jess &
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 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 author.

#TheOtherDaughter #NetGalley
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
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 eldest daughter B
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 in exchange for an hone
Louise Wilson
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two and a half year old Holly was abducted from a shopping centre play area while her mother was talking to a friend. She was never found.

Nine years have went by since Holly's disappearance. Rachel meets a new mum at the school gates. They have just moved to the area from London. Rachel has led a quiet life in Dorset. No one, not even her boyfriend knew off her past, that her eldest daughter Holly had been abducted. When she walks Kate back to her car, she is shocked when she sees her eldest dau
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 rounded up!

Nine years ago, Catriona took little Holly’s hand and walked her right out of the pink, Playhouse, she was exploring, while Mom, Rachel, sipped coffee nearby with friends. (Not a spoiler, chapter 1)

Nine years later, Rachel, has moved on, best that she can, with her two other children, Jess and Charlie.

Until the day she meets new school parent, Kate and her teenage daughter Bella.

Bella looks NOTHING like Kate.
But, she does look exactly like her missing daughter, Holly.

Too much
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 never really come to terms with w
Natalia  R
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
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 daughter, she meets another
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whenever Shalini Boland publishes a new book, I am on board.They are always entertaining and she writes characters that feel quite real, places in situations that are out of the ordinary. At first I was sure I had The Other Daughter all figured out at the halfway mark and was a little disappointed, but then quite a significant twist really surprised me and kept me on my toes! It's not my favorite of her books, but definitely entertaining and fast-paced. If you're looking for a clever, engaging m ...more
I so rarely get to say this, but the hype around this one is real!

Rachael Farnborough's two-year-old daughter, Holly, was abducted from a play area in a shopping center. Rachael was sitting close by with her other infant daughter in a baby stroller, enjoying a rare break and a chance to chat with her mom friends. In a life-changing split second, Holly is gone.

This one promised a shocking twist and boy did it deliver. The only reason I'm not giving this one 5 stars is because at times, the dialog
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

4 1/2 stars

9 years ago Rachel's two year old daughter Holly was abducted from a play area while Rachel was momentarily distracted chatting with a friend .Holly is never found and though Rachel never gave up hope of finding her daughter again, she has moved on. She now has a wonderful boyfriend as well as 2 young children and is as settled as she can be. But when Rachel meets a new school parent Kate and her teenage daughter Bella she is convinced Bella is her missing child and will stop at nothi
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 school gates with her da
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 couldn’t believe the twist that came. I never suspected it throughout the whole book.
*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 read, so I am very thankful t
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, absorbing, suspenseful...The Other Daughter was a gripping psychological thriller. The book has two timelines - then and now - that delves into the abduction and loss of a 2-year-old named Holly. In the spirit of honesty, there were parts that required me to suspend reality because some of the decisions were unbelievable and the timelines weak, but despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The plot suspense and reveal made up for the inconsistencies. It was just one of those ...more
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 Bookouture for this ARC bu
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 Gonsalves
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Fabulous Five Stars! Ever since reading The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland, I've come to love her work. One feature all her books have in common is that they're set in almost picturesque and idyllic locations so wanting to see the place through her character's eyes becomes a must-do for me. The Other Daughter set in Dorset starts with a chapter that hooks you right in, from there on there's no turning back and I couldn't stop until I had read the last chapter. The plot is taut, gripping and you ...more
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