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    Wonderfully twisted with fast paced unexpected sur

    thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it! I was hooked since the beginning and couldn’t put it down! It was very well written, and Jennifer Harvey perfectly portrayed how each of the individuals thought and felt. The characters were well developed, and I felt like I could understand them, relate to them in some ways, and even felt like I knew them on a personal level. The emotions (and resulting actions) of the characters was just as important as the plot and tragic event. The realistic emphasis on emotions is part of what made the book so great! Jennifer Harvey’s ability to bring the characters to life, and let you feel what they felt, is incredible! I think other readers would especially enjoy this book because many people would be able to relate to the “what if” scenario. What if you allowed one of your child’s friends to go somewhere with you, and the results were tragic? People without children would enjoy this book due to Harvey’s excellent storytelling ability and plot. Readers with children could relate on a very personal level because it’s common to allow our children to go with friends or have friends join them so it is something we can relate to as parents. This book goes back and forth, primarily between the mother (Louise) and daughter (Katie); however, they clearly express how the other characters felt and acted so that you are able to get a full perspective from all of the characters. Plot: Louise, her husband, their teenage son and daughter (James and Katie) have plans for their summer vacation trip to a beach house. They’ve been going there for so many summers that Katie has even become friends with some of the others kids who go there too (although she secretly wishes one of her male friends was more than just a friend). It’s the perfect escape from theIr hectic lifestyles in NYC. Isa, Katie’s questionable friend, will be joining them this summer for the month because Isa’s parents feel a desperate need to have a dramatic “second honeymoon” as an attempt to save their marriage, and ask if Isa can go with Katie’s family. Despite Louise’s Initial hesitations, she agrees to allow Isa come because the mothers and daughters have known each other since the girls were toddlers. Isa is the girl who you love, and also the girl who you love to hate. Katie has known Isa since they were young, and hopes that the vacation will allow them to become close again. Isa’s charm and wit keeps Katie hanging on and feeling desperate to be best friends again. She feels hurt over their on again, off again status as best friends, and genuinely hopes they’ll be able to reconnect and put the past behind them. She knows Isa can inflict just as much hurt and pain as she can kindness and care though. From the moment they get to the beach house Katie is instantly put into the position of making a sacrifice in order to please Isa. Despite being inwardly upset, she does though because she misses her best friend. Regardless of the special meaning of it being a gift from Louise, Katie readily hands it over to Isa. Katie’s on the edge of doing nearly anything to have the shared closeness that they used to have. Katie feels her own self worth is less than Isa’s because how can anyone compare to Isa? Isa knows how cruel she is sometime, and considers it a powerful ability to gain whatever she wants at all costs. Isa doesn’t care who gets hurt in the wake of her actions. Katie has just accepted that that’s just how Isa is, and is determined to not take it personally. It seems as if their friendship is as good as ever before, but are all of their feelings and actions real or just for show? Is the friendship more one sided now, and if so why? The problems of their past are in the past now, so have both girls truly gotten over it? What caused such a huge rift in their friendship to begin with? Isa acts as if nothing bad ever happened between the two of them, and Katie certainly doesn’t talk about the thing they dont talk about, so maybe things have improved. Isa was eager and excited about spending the month with them, and Katie was desperately hopeful. Is Isa really as bad as Katie makes her out to be, or is Katie secretly more vindictive than she lets on? After Isa’s tragic death, how well did anyone really know her? Louise, Katie’s mom, says she saw a completely different side to Isa throughout their vacation and that she wasn’t as sweet and innocent as she previously thought. What was it that alerted her to the Isa she had not known before? Is she trying to hide something that happened over the vacation? Isa’s parents, understandably grief stricken at the death of their only child, claim that Isa was a completely different girl than who Louise says she had come to know. Do they really believe that, or was their more to the story that they should have told Louise about before going on the trip? James, Katie’s younger teenage brother, seemed slightly infatuated with Isa, and has fallen apart as a result
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    Could’ve Been Brilliant

    Sarah & Willem are having problems in their marriage. Isa, their 17 year old daughter has been the least of their worries for a while and their ambivalence towards her is grating. Louise & Peter are (somewhat) happily married. Their daughter Katie and Isa have been best friends since early childhood. Katie’s younger brother James is close with Isa as well. Sarah & Louise met in Central Park when the girls were young and have stayed close ever since. When Sarah asks Louise if Isa can accompany her family on their annual beach vacation, for some reason Louise can’t pinpoint, she’s hesitant. Louise agrees so Sarah and Willem can work on their marriage alone, but her unease with having Isa tag along soon begins to grow. When the family arrive at their beach home all seems well, but not for long. Katie and Isa seem to drift further apart while James and Isa are closer. Louise has her own secrets and will soon find out that Isa is involved in that too. There are so many pieces and moving parts in this book that it just feels a bit much to me. Take away all the unnecessary storylines and over explanations and there’s a gripping story to be found here. While I would not read Someone Else’s Daughter again, I do look forward to reading more from Jennifer Harvey. I have worked on this review for several days now and really just can’t do any better without giving things away and I’m not into spoiler reviews. Thanks to NetGalley for my Someone Else’s Daughter ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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    Jealousy, Deception and Tragedy!

    An innocent summer vacation turns devastating in Someone Else’s Daughter, a psychological thriller with so many twists. Told in alternating voices by Katie and her mother Louise, the story progresses slowly and deliberately to an ending you know is coming but don’t know how to stop. Peter and Louise agree to take Sarah and Wilhelm’s daughter Isa along with Katie and brother James on their annual summer vacation to their home in Montauk, NY. The families have been friends for years and the children have grown up together. Everyone is hiding something. Behind the idyllic beach scenes, alliances are made and betrayals develop. Secrets are revealed and lead to a heartbreaking discovery. That discovery sends ripples into the lives of both families leading to further tragedy. It’s hard to put his book down. It’s a story of love, jealousy, deception and tragedy and will stay with you for a long time. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Jennifer Harvey for this ARC.
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    Gripping & Compulsive!

    A captivating story and a marvellous psychological thriller! Jennifer Harvey has delighted me with this clever and gripping family drama. I was not prepared for the exciting experience this book unleashed on me, nor was I in the least disappointed with this superb twisty story. The Lindeman family - Peter, Louise, their daughter Katie and son James - agree to take Sarah and Willem Egberts only daughter, the lovely Isa along with them on their annual summer holiday to their beach house in Montauk, New York. The Lindemans and Egberts have been friends for years and the children have grown up together. But as Peter spends his mornings cooking lavish breakfasts for everyone and they idle away their time languishing on the sandy beach and swimming in the sparkly sea, what are the dark secrets that they are all hiding? Narrated by Katie and her mother Louise in alternating chapters the story progresses slowly and purposefully. It is a brilliantly involving and clever novel, that messes with the reader's perception of the narrative very early on in the story. This crafty approach has the effect that I was thrown off course, and was pulled in different directions as I tried to figure out exactly what had taken place. Extremely compulsive from the start, Jennifer Harvey writes with flair, keeping me on tenterhooks throughout. I was never sure whether or not I liked Louise or any of the characters, actually, but I think this was a most likely a deliberate ploy. There was something amiss about them and they had their own agendas, portraying themselves in a good light, whilst playing mind games. The author’s talent made Someone Else's Daughter a wonderfully compulsive story that I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated for the entertainment it was. With themes of love, jealousy, deception and tragedy, this is a book that I'm so pleased to have read! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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    Good debut novel.

    Isa's parents are trying to reconnect after an affair, so they leave her with her best friend Katie, her parents Louise and Peter, and younger brother James for the summer. What should be a nice enjoyable time, especially with two best friends turns out to be anything but. In fact, on the last day of summer, Isa is nowhere to be found, and later, it is tragically discovered that she drowned. This book is written in the viewpoints of Katie and Louise's first person points of view. When it comes to Katie, she is pretty much trying to do damage control whereas Isa is concerned. For one thing, Isa sets her sights on someone that Katie really likes, and this creates problems in their friendship. What is more is that there is someone that Isa had dated that proved to be very concerning for Katie, as she was worried about Isa's safety. When it comes to Louise, she had her own worries. She senses something is off about Isa, but can't quite put a finger on it. Meanwhile, Louise is hiding something. This story proved strongly that Isa had issues, including being selfish and impulsive, and with Katie's attention it was aggravating at times. I sensed communication difficulties on several levels. So, just like Louise wondered if she could have done anything differently while being responsible for Katie, I think the reader felt it too. Then, as a parent, the fact that Louise and her husband Peter were rather free with the teenagers was very concerning to me. Quite frankly, there was some things that I just did not get, especially since their son James was only 15 years old, while the girls were 17 years old. When it came to relating to the characters, I struggled to relate acceptably to Isa and Louise. Katie I understood. She only wanted to help. And then there was James, a sensitive kid throughout the story. As the story shifts between views, responsibility and trust become a strong factor. There were definitely moments of sadness, especially for Isa's parents. Jennifer Harvey is a very good writer and did a great job of helping readers to understand the protagonists. Someone Else's Daughter is her debut novel and it definitely shows promise. I am looking forward to reading more from her in the future. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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