Keep a Child Safe | Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey



Title: Not Her Daughter
By: Rea Frey
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Summary from Goodreads: Emma Grace Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma Townsend 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. Abandoned by her mother. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal—and 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 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 her real mother is at home, waiting for her to return—and the longer the search for Emma continues, Amy is forced to question if she really wants her back.


Emotionally powerful and wire-tautNot Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

Review: This book really started off with a bang. Right from the first page, you get the sense that the main character really feels for this little girl and the situation she is going through. The whole story is based on this little girl and how Sarah takes care of her. What I didn't like about the book was how it ended. I don't want to give anything away, but I really wanted closure and never got it. What made me laugh was the way the little girl really came out of her shell and was finally able to be a child, play and have fun. What made me cry were the scenes of how the mother treated the little girl. It was heart breaking and made me wonder how a mother could ever treat their child like that. As a mother, I could never imagine doing these things to my sons, but in this world that we live in, I know that worse is happening.

All in all, this was a great read with lots of through provoking content. If you love a good thrilling escape, I think you should read this book.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.