Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland - Books on Tour Review



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, Rachel is living a quiet life in Dorset. She’s tried to keep things together since the traumatic day when she lost her eldest daughter. She has a new family, a loving partner and her secrets are locked away in her painful past.

Until one afternoon when Rachel meets a new school parent Kate and her teenage daughter Bella. Rachel’s world is instantly turned upside down – she’s seen Bella before. She’d recognise that face anywhere – it’s her missing child.

And she will stop at nothing to get her back…

From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.  

My Review

Where to start with this review?! The first chapter is absolutely gripping, as I was reading it I was thinking what the hell, just stop, what you are doing! Obviously I can't say too much without ruining the story. However, the first chapter set the tone for the whole book. The Other Daughter is a story that had me gripped, I read it at break neck speed because I just had to know what the ending was going to be.

I had a lot of sympathy for Rachel but at various times I was confused by her actions and the choices she made. At the same time how should a character react when they find themselves in her situation! I so wanted to find out what the outcome of her dilemma would be. 

I am a massive fan of Shalini Boland's books, she is definitely an author who I know will always deliver just the type of story I enjoy. I am sure I have said this before about her writing, but she has a really knack for delivering the kind of plots that have me thinking to myself "What the **** is going on?!" The Other Daughter is certainly one of my favourite reads by this super talented lady. 

As this is a book that it would be very easy to give spoilers away on, I am going to make this a short and probably over gushy review! I will just finish by saying if you are looking for a read that you will not be able to stop reading and will have your mind working over time trying to figure out what is going before the dramatic conclusion, then this is the book for you! It is without a doubt one of my top reads this year and I am so excited to read more from Shalini Boland to see what her mind comes up with next!

Author Bio


Shalini Boland is the million-copy, USA-Today bestselling author of eight psychological thrillers: 'THE GIRL FROM THE SEA', 'THE BEST FRIEND', 'THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE' (optioned for TV by Legendary Studios), 'THE SECRET MOTHER', 'THE CHILD NEXT DOOR', 'THE SILENT SISTER', 'THE PERFECT FAMILY' and 'THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL'.

THE OTHER DAUGHTER comes out Nov 5th and is now available to preorder!

Her titles are published by Bookouture, Grand Central (USA) and Tantor.

Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and sorting endless baskets of laundry).  

@ShaliniBoland

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