Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 21, 2018
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-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother--and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.
Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey is definitely an interesting novel. Emma is a sad young child that is mistreated at home. Her father ignores her and her mother has no patience with her and is always yelling at her. Sarah Walker sees how Emma is being treated and decides to save her by kidnapping her. This is how everything begins.
I feel like this story wasn’t super believable. I am no expert on kidnapping or people’s motivations but I feel like there were be a lot more drama and conflict with this story. What 5 year old just automatically goes with a stranger and doesn’t think about her parents? Kids are raised to not talk to strangers and to stay away from them. I feel like she would either put up more of a fight or ask to go home.
There seemed to be some holds in the plot and contradictions. There is such an emphasis on how Sarah can only pay for things with cash yet she rents somewhere to stay by card online. We never know what things didn’t work out with Sarah’s ex. Where was the plot going with Amy’s hypnotherapy?
I just felt like there was a lot going on and not everything made sense. The writing was great. I just wish the story was thought out a little bit more.