When a runaway living in fairly dire conditions sees a picture of a missing girl on television, she is stunned; the girl, Rebecca Winter, looks almost exactly like her. So, when she is later caught stealing food and is asked her name, she claims to be Rebecca. Amazingly, she gets away with it—it is, after all, 10 years later.
Returned to her “family,” she is accepted by the parents and brothers who are not really hers. The only skeptics seem to be the detective who has been on the case for the last decade, and Rebecca’s best friend. Though she is happy to be safe and warm, there is something not right about this family.
The mother is extremely skittish and she finds the father sobbing one day in his bedroom. The brothers, of whom she is extremely fond, seem to skirt the edge of brotherly love and yet . . . not.
This is a thriller of the first order, and it isn’t until the very end that the evil lying just beneath the surface of this grieving family is revealed.
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra. MIRA/Harlequin; ISBN 978-0-77831-944-3; $15.99.
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