Not Her Daughter

By Rea Frey

Not Her Daughter: A Novel by [Frey, Rea]

4 out of 5 stars

St. Martin’s Press knows exactly what books I will love to read. They really have not let me down.

Being a mom, I gravitate to books where there are mothers and children. This book tells a story of  motherhood , the good, the bad, and the ugly. When Sarah spots a sweet little girl being mistreated by her mother in the airport, she never thinks she will see her again. When she does, she become obsessed with knowing about her. As she watches, she sees Emma’s mother being very abusive to her. It brings flashbacks of Sarah’s own childhood. She acts on it and takes Emma one night when her mother has locked her out of the house. She knows she shouldn’t but everything in her wants this little girl to have a good life. As we follow Sarah’s train of thought, we also follow Amy’s. Amy is Emma’s mom and you know, some people just should not be mothers. She wonders what her life will be without her daughter. (and her son and husband) She is one of the unhappiest characters I have read in a while. It jumps off the page.

I loved getting the insight into both of these women. They were on such an opposite side of the spectrum and they were both written perfectly. The whole situation is so completed and you might be conflicted with the actions that are taken, and then again, there were times I was rooting for the actions taken. This will really make you think and wonder what you would do. I found myself getting very nervous as time ticked away, that is how good the writing is, you will feel as if you are there in that cabin with Sarah and Emma. And if you are like me, you will hope that everything works the way it should. And if you are like me, you will probably tear up at the end.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this lovely book.

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