by Rea Frey
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published on August 21st 2018
Rea Frey delivers a jaw dropping story that is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I fought with my emotions throughout this entire book, even resorting to Tweeting the author, devastated that she could toy with my emotions so blatantly.
Emma is a five year old little girl who is living with a her abusive mother and utterly clueless father. No one seems to see just how cruel and heartless Amy is towards Emma. Except for stranger, Sarah Walker. When Sarah witnesses the abuse towards Emma, twice, she takes matters into her own hands. She is determined to keep this little girl safe. That begs the question, is kidnapping ever okay?
Throughout this story the narrative switches between Sarah, the hardworking and compassionate woman who is hell bent on protecting an innocent child at all costs and Amy, the angry mother who isn’t even sure if she wants her daughter to be found. The story even breaks down further by giving you the “before”, “during” and “after” the kidnapping. While narratives that change point of view and timelines can often be confusing, Rea Frey does so effortlessly. Her writing is flawless and the plot is seamless.
The characters in Not Her Daughter are well thought out and I guarantee you will connect with one of these “mothers”. Which side will you cheer for; the mother who has lost her daughter or the woman who kidnapped her to keep her safe? I urge you to grab a copy of this book and make your own decision. Then I’ll ask you again, is kidnapping ever okay?