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Not Her Daughter Paperback – August 21, 2018
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"Not Her Daughter is a cleverly constructed novel that will have you questioning everything you believe about right or wrong. Frey skillfully tangles you up in these two women’s lives and never lets up on the tension all the way until the dramatic conclusion. A remarkable portrayal of motherhood, in all its beautiful glory and heart-wrenching despair." - New York Times bestselling author Chevy Stevens
“In Not Her Daughter, Frey pulls off a difficult task: balancing a nail-biting plot with a thought-provoking question ― is a crime committed with the best intentions still a crime? A chilling, powerful tale of love and sacrifice, of truth and perception, Not Her Daughter will make you miss your bedtime, guaranteed. A stunning debut.” – Kimberly Belle, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Marriage Lie
"NOT HER DAUGHTER is a deft and beautifully written examination of taboo maternal fantasies: Can a kidnapping ever be justified? Can motherhood be undone? Engrossing and suspenseful, Frey writes her characters with depth and compassion, challenging readers to question their own code of ethics.” - Zoje Stage, author of Baby Teeth
"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, author of The Cutaway
“In her provocative debut thriller, NOT HER DAUGHTER, Rea Frey takes us on an emotional ride where the line between right and wrong begins to fade, and all that remains are the tears of a child. This story 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, author of Emma in the Night
"Women who do not embrace motherhood or "bad mothers" are a taboo subject -- in both real life and fiction -- but Frey tackles it with aplomb in her taut debut, NOT HER DAUGHTER. The story begs the question: who is more mother -- the one who gives birth or the one who rescues? The plot twists here are brave, the themes are both poignant and unsettling, and the resolution is deeply resonant. A page-turner with heart!" - New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti
“Harrowing and heartfelt, Not Her Daughter is a gripping novel about the amazing power of mother love.” – Rebecca Drake, author of Just Between Us
“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, author of Guilty, Sleep Sister, and The Betrayal
“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, author of Rainbirds
"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, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Widower's Wife and Lies She Told
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First off who was investigating this kidnapping...the keystone cops? The protagonist aka the kidnapper was ID`d to the cops and FBI by her ex the first weekend she had Emma! The investigators have her name and her plate number. She and Emma have been seen by others in their travels yet there is NO APB out for this woman....why?? Why are her assets not frozen-how is she able to freely traverse the country with full access to her money and business? If she is under suspicion for kidnapping BECAUSE HER EX CALLED THE COPS AND SAID SHE HAD KIDNAPPED A CHILD why are her business partners not being questioned? A cursory check of their most recent sales calls would have revealed that the kidnapper just so happened to be at Emma's school right before Emma disappeared. I mean seriously it goes on and on. And I guess the Dad in the story doesn't really matter...no one bothers to ask him if it is OK that the Mom just gave the kid BACK to her kidnapper.
Honestly even weaker than the ridiculous plot holes was how completely one dimensional Emma was. I really feel like the writer spent far more time describing all of the different parks they went to (like who cares) than really fleshing out Emma as a character. Really there is not one characteristic about Emma that stands out and makes you feel like you know her on any level.
I actually thought if the writer had redeemed the birth mother somehow at the end so that there might be hope for some type of reconciliation it might be interesting but nope. Of course Emma wants to stay with the woman who somehow magically invented a $10 million dollar educational toy and now wants to devote every waking moment to Emma's every possible need and want. I guess Emma will never see her Dad or brother again and she will just live life on the run with new mommy, each time things start seeming suspicious they will just up and move?
Anyway hope they fix some of these glaring plot holes before they make it a movie!
I almost couldn’t finish reading this book, but then I re-read the reviews, and thought maybe either I was missing something or that perhaps it would get better. Not so for either! But, after reading so far, I then had to find out how it ended. Speaking of how it ended, what will happen with that whole situation and what will it be like when Emma is no longer a “little girl” who needs protecting? She won’t stay little forever, and will eventually grow into a teenager.
I did think the “connection” that Sarah had grown up without a mother, and Amy grew up without a father, was interesting, and that they both had unhappy childhoods. The book also kinda made you think about what it really means to be a mother.
I am surprised that this book is being made into a movie, if that’s true. I would watch the movie, though, just to compare to the book. Usually books are better than movies, but I have a feeling it would be just the opposite here, or at least I would hope so. Everything was just so wrong with this book.