Today I am so thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour for The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland. Happy publication day Shalini!
The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland
Release Date: 5th of November
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 260 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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.
Shalini you have done it again! Everything you touch just turns to gold! The Other Daughter is such a brilliant read and one that is going to stay with me for a long time to come! In true Shalini Boland fashion, it is intense, suspenseful, gripping, engrossing, compelling, emotional, thrilling and with twists and turns aplenty. Phew!!! This book is fast paced and takes you on one hell of a ride. I couldn’t read this fast enough!
Shalini has spun a tightly woven plot that is every parents worst nightmare. Told in alternating chapters from Catriona (Holly’s abductor) in the past to Rachel (Holly’s mother) in the present, the book opens with a chilling first chapter that sets the scene of Holly’s abduction. It is terrifying and definitely gets the heart racing! From there the story moves to nine years later and this is when the story really gets going when Rachel, while on a school pick up meets Kate and her teenage daughter Bella who is the spitting image of her missing daughter Holly. What follows is Rachel’s desperate need to prove that Bella is her daughter and she will stop at nothing to get her back.
As always Shalini does a great job with her characters and each one has been bought beautifully to life through amazing writing. They are believable, well developed and complex and I throughly enjoyed them all. The standouts were definitely Catriona and Rachel. When we learn of the events that lead to Catriona taking Holly, I couldn’t breathe and my heart broke for her. It is just unimaginable. Rachel also broke my heart in her struggle to try move on but she never lets go of believing that Bella is Holly. When she meets Bella, you feel her desperation and how she becomes manic in trying to prove that Bella is Holly.
Shalini has a real gift of capturing your attention right from the get go and keeping ahold of you till the finish. Along with this, she also is able to make you feel part of the story and go through the emotions that each of the characters go through and her writing is second to none. Shalini excels in being able to cast a spell over the reader through her prose that lasts long after the book is finished.
What also makes Shalini a fantastic author is she does a twist like no other. I had hardly gotten over the twist in The Marriage Betrayal and now I have this one. I wasn’t even thinking about anything when reading this book, just letting Shalini take me on the journey, but when I got there, I did NOT see that coming! I have only just picked my jaw back up off the ground…Well played Shalini, well played!
The Other Daughter is one ripper of a read and one to definitely add to your reading list. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Other Daughter which I can not recommend highly enough. Thank-you Shalini for another gem and I look forward to reading what you come up with next.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Other Daughter which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Other Daughter Blog Tour
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About Shalini Boland
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’.
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).
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