Title: Not Her Daughter
Author: Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Genres: Crime Fiction, Suspense
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.
About the Author
Photo credit: Alex Holguin
“In her provocative debut thriller, NOT HER DAUGHTER, Rea Frey
takes us on an emotional ride where the line between right and
wrong begins to fade, and all that remains are the tears of a child.
This story pulls you in from the very first page, and unlike most in
its genre, you won’t know how you want it to end until it does.”
– Wendy Walker, author of Emma in the Night
“NOT HER DAUGHTER is a deft and beautifully written examination of
taboo maternal fantasies: Can a kidnapping ever be justified? Can
motherhood be undone? Engrossing and suspenseful, Frey writes her
characters with depth and compassion, challenging readers to question
their own code of ethics.” —Zoje Stage, author of Baby Teeth