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Not Her Daughter

(2018)
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Gripping, emotional, and wire-taut, Rea Frey's Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

"Brings to mind Jodi Picoult...thought-provoking domestic drama." -
Booklist

“Will make you miss your bedtime, guaranteed.” – Bestselling author Kimberly Belle

Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes, brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her—far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now Emma is gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?

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Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Will make you miss your bedtime, guaranteed." - Kimberly Belle

"Harrowing and heartfelt, Not Her Daughter is a gripping novel about the amazing power of mother love." - Rebecca Drake

"A compelling mix of high wire tension and superb writing. Not Her Daughter will linger in the memory long after the final page has been turned." - Laura Elliot

"Tightly paced and impossible to put down, Not Her Daughter is a cleverly written story that challenges what it means to be a mother--or not to be one. A thought-provoking and poignant debut." - Clarissa Goenawan

"Not Her Daughter is an interesting and emotional debut about women stuck in lives they never wanted and the desperate decisions they'll make to get out. Certain to keep readers turning pages and guessing as to who the real villain is." - Cate Holahan

"I couldn't put Rea Frey's NOT HER DAUGHTER down, and once finished, couldn't let it go. So much more than an engrossingly suspenseful novel, it's a thoughtful exploration on the extremes to which motherhood and love and loss can drive us. An amazing debut." - Christina Kovac

"The plot twists here are brave, the themes are both poignant and unsettling, and the resolution is deeply resonant. A page-turner with heart!" - Kate Moretti

"Engrossing and suspenseful, Frey writes her characters with depth and compassion, challenging readers to question their own code of ethics." - Zoje Stage

"A cleverly constructed novel that will have you questioning everything you believe about right or wrong." - Chevy Stevens

"An emotional ride where the line between right and wrong begins to fade…pulls you in from the very first page, and unlike most in its genre, you won't know how you want it to end until it does." - Wendy Walker


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