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Release Date: Available Now 

352 Pages

Synopsis: 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, Sucsessful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the grey-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 unshakable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back home?

Not Her Daughter asks that age old questions: is doing the wrong thing ever right? It’s also not a typical missing person storyline. It’s thought-provoking and will make you question your own moral compass. The story is told from the perspectives of both Sarah and Amy, so you get a real sense of who these women are. And what makes it even more interesting is that both women had childhood issues with their mothers and this is affects how they interact with Emma. It’s a suspenseful tale that will constantly have you questioning not only the actions of the characters, but also your own if you were in a similar situation. Not Her Daughter is a spectacular debut by Rea Frey and I can’t recommend it highly enough.