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Publisher's Summary

Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey raises the question of what it means to be a mother - and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.  

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her - far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?  

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace. As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?  

©2018 Rea Frey (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“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?” (Kimberly Belle, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Marriage Lie)

"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 best-selling author Kate Moretti)   

"Brings to mind Jodi Picoult...thought-provoking domestic drama." (Booklist)

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So Freakin Good!

Wow! What a great surprise at how good this book was! I was hooked right from the start. This story moves fast and doesn't lag in the middle like some. This is not an action thriller but near the end I was close to an anxiety attack and could not stop listening. The narrator is new to me and as close to perfection as any I've listened to. Seriously a fantastic psychological read!! I would give it more than five stars if I could!

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Road Trip Required

A refreshing tale, unpredictable story line and fabulous narrator! I had to go on a road trip just to have an excuse for listening nonstop! Worth every lost hour!

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excellent read

Though it seems a little too easy, the story is good and moves at a good pace. I read it in one day! I liked it a lot.

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I was desperate to find out what was going to happen!

Loved the story! Made me question what was right and wrong. I finished it SO fast because it had me hooked from the first 10 mins. The narrator has an amazing voice as well!

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Worth the credit

This book was one that will hold your attention all the way through - This coming from a mother.

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A Parent Must Read

Imagine someone only seeing you at your lowest parenting moments.
Then imagine what they could do to your family by acting on those moments...

Do you really see parent and child relationships when you are out and about...Are you just watching not really worried about what you see? Or do you act and hope to make life better?

This book was an eye opener...we shouldn't be silent but what should we be?

Is it beautiful or sad...I can't decide but this book really opened my eyes.

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Great read that ends in a suprise.....

Just when you THINK you know what will happen? Well you don't! I loved it. The ending was kinda rushed though.

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Not the best kidnapping novel ..........

I almost abandoned this book because the beginning of the book was very, very, very slow and slightly disjointed.

However, I stuck with the title and quickly became a fan. The narrator was excellent and that definitely helped. Once the book finally started to move, I could not put it down.

Without revealing any spoilers, I felt that the beginning and end of this book were both weak but 80% of the book was very strong and definitely worth the credit.

Helen Klein Ross' "What Was Mine" had a similar "woman-abducts-child" storyline and was amazing. Perhaps the comparison of this book to "What Was Mine" was the reason why I did not give it 5 stars.

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  • Cartec
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 12-13-18

well worth the time

I was a little sceptical about this book because of the reviews. They weren't as high in opinion as I expected, I found the story compelling, heartbreaking and inspiring. This woman saw a wrong and did something about it. Many reviewers concentrated on the obvious not wanting to see the ugly problem that weaves through our society. This woman risked everything to save another human being and she should be honored for it. My only regret was that it was a novel and not a true story. This is good and bad because we can't have people stealing children from their parents just because they don't like the way they feel they are being raised but we should remain vigilant to abuse and harm. This book focuses on that dilemma and brings the reader right into the center of it. I recommend this book.

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amazing

just loved this book. clever plot and emotions of characters were right on. also really enjoyed this narrator.

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  • 11-22-18

Disappointing End

I really enjoyed listening to this book but was really quite disappointed with the end. It was like the author ran out of time and hurried it. Could have done much better buy ending it properly / explaining what happened to the characters in the long run etc etc. Great narrator though - really tried to change her voice and get into character