4.5 Compelling Stars🌟 Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey @ReaFrey_Author @StMartinsPress #BookReview #PubDay #BookBestieApproved

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this thought-provoking thriller! Not only was this a fabulous book, but it is also our first #BookBestieApproved read. What does that mean you ask? Well I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with five other amazing book loving women. I am certain most of you are familiar with them, I have included links to their blogs/reviews below, as well as the link to our combined Bookstagram Account, please check it out! We are giving away two copies of this book and we always follow back other Book accounts!

So without further ado….. the first Book to receive our…

Book Bestie Seal of Approval

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

My Thoughts

4.5 Compellingly Complicated Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

WOW! You’ve got to love a book that makes you question everything! A book that blurs the line between right and wrong… good and bad… lies and truth… what makes a “good“ mother? Blood? Love? It is the hardest job you’ll ever do and yet no one teaches you how to be a mother… there is no class, no certification, unless you consider those eggs you had to carry around in high school and pretend were a baby… anybody else do this? Being a mother is the most important job you’ll ever do and yet it is all trial and error… and just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you are cut out for motherhood and there really should be no shame in that…. not everybody is cut out to be a dentist either and no one ever seems to shame you about that… but I digress….

This is not your ordinary kidnapping story…Sarah is a strong single business woman who recently had her heartbroken… Amy is an overwhelms unhappy mother of two…. after two chance encounters with Amy and her beautiful five-year-old daughter Emma, Sarah is determined to “save“ Emma from her abusive situation… Sarah herself had a difficult childhood, a neglectful mother who eventually left her, and a father who never got over the mother who left…. so in “saving“ Emma, Sarah was really also saving herself…. but is doing something wrong ever right?

This book was a crazy ride that had me questioning my ethics at every turn…. it made me keep asking myself, “what would I do in this situation?“ told from both Sarah and Amy‘s point of view… you really got a glimpse into both of these women’s lives…. I found this tremendously impactful, not everything about Amy was bad and not everything about Sarah was good…. so who would be the better mother to Emma? And is the better choice the right choice? So many important questions and no easy answers…

This is Rea Frey’s fictional debut, and what a Way too make a splash into the book world! This is the kind of book that sucks you in from the very beginning and won’t let you go even after it is done, I am seriously still contemplating this book and it has been a few days… perfectly paste with extremely well drawn characters, I seriously think I would recognize Sarah and Amy if I saw them walking down the street… Color me impressed! And I cannot wait to see what we have coming next from this extremely talented author!

Absolutely recommend whether you are a thriller lover or not, this was one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read all year!

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Gripping, emotional, 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.

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 Emma is 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?



The Book Besties

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @Phdiva

Melisa @ The Book Collective

Kendall @ Sunflower Book Lover

Bookstagram @6BookBesties

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

22 thoughts on “4.5 Compelling Stars🌟 Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey @ReaFrey_Author @StMartinsPress #BookReview #PubDay #BookBestieApproved

  1. Haha I had an egg baby for a week one time, Berit! Plus a tamagachi (did your kids have those? It was basically an electronic egg baby that cried all the time!)—let me tell you, being an egg mother is HARD! I love this review, Berit! What a fantastic time we had reading together!

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    1. Thanks and yes my kids or maybe just my daughter had those, I think she killed them real quick! When I was in high school my best friends baby egg got kidnapped, LOL 😝

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  2. I just noticed you changed your theme. It’s the same one we changed our theme too!!

    Glad to see you all enjoyed this one. As you know it’s a scheduled Traveling Sister Group read. A great discussion going on there.

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    1. Thank you so much! This book definitely has lots of things to discuss! And yes we changed our blog theme last week🙂


  3. Book besties sounds great! I know 3 of you so off to discover the other 3 blogs.

    I just started reading this one and all the reviews make me want to leave work early and get reading. Sounds like a thought-provoking, compelling read!

    PS: your new theme looks great!


  4. Wonderful review Berit. I had no idea that this was such a thought provoking read. I think putting yourself in the characters shoes makes you think differently. Great job.


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