Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Hello! Mommy Reads here! :) Looking back at this picture, I can't believe that just a short while ago, my youngest daughter fit in this pyjama. Time sure flies right? Ok, back to my review.

Not Her Daughter is a truly gripping read that will leave you questioning what you believe is right and wrong. What does it mean to be a mother? How far will you go to keep a child safe?

It's every parent's worst nightmare. When a 5 year old girl goes missing, is it for the best? Emma Townsend is living with her abusive mother and clueless father. Amy Townsend is Emma's unfit mother. When Emma is taken, she questions if she really wants her to return. Sarah Walker is a successful entrepreneur who recently had her heart broken. She is also Emma's kidnapper. She believes taking Emma away from her dysfunctional home is the thing to do in order to give her a better life. As they travel the Country, they form an unshakeable bond but are Sarah's intentions right or wrong?

I could not put this one down. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time. The story is told in two POV's: Amy, Emma's mother, and Sarah, Emma's kidnapper. The main characters are so well developed you can't help but have a strong response to them. I strongly feel that both women are in the wrong. Amy's abuse towards her daughter is unacceptable and Sarah's kidnapping of Emma, even if it came from only good intentions, in the hopes of giving her a better life is not the answer either. I finished reading this book in the middle of the night and was left with so many questions about morality and ethics. Wondering how a mother, even one who feels like she has royally failed her child, can decide to give her up and start fresh.

My rating: 5 stars

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