Review: Her Daughter's Mother
She befriended the one woman she was never supposed to meet. Now she's the key suspect in her disappearance. For fans of The Perfect Mother and The Wife Between Us comes a gripping psychological suspense debut about two strangers, one incredible connection, and the steep price of obsession.
Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker--until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York's Upper West Side. Her target? The "anonymous" egg donor she'd selected through an agency, the one who's making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born.
Katya, a student at Columbia, is the yin to Lana's yang, an impulsive free spirit who lives life at the edge. And for pragmatic Lana, she's a breath of fresh air and a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby's father. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana's life, she disappears--and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. Determined to find out what became of the woman to whom she owes so much, Lana digs into Katya's past, even as the police grow suspicious of her motives. But she's unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best...
I give this a solid 3.5 stars. Her Daughter's Mother was not the nail-biting-can't-stop-reading thriller experience that I yearn for when picking up this genre but it had all the parts of a decent, light thriller.
There were a lot of real-world struggles in this book - infertility struggles and the toll it takes on a marriage, emotional cheating, loneliness, and self-discovery. The IVF aspect was entirely new to me as I've never read a book that dove into the subject as detailed as this one. To be honest, it is what made this book seem different than other suspense/thriller genre books with a missing woman. Other than that, I felt like it followed the exact same guidelines to make a thriller. First, there needs to be some type of conflict between the main character and his/her significant other or immediate family. Then, there needs to be an unexpected person who enters their life or reemerges after being away. Someone eventually goes missing or dies and then the search for answers begins with the plot twist that either makes or breaks the book. Sometimes I find myself shocked and in awe with the plot twists but for Her Daughter's Mother, it was extremely predictable with all signs pointing to it since the beginning, really.
Lana and Katya were likable characters, albeit entirely different personalities and energies but both likable in their own right. Tyler was okay - I did feel for him at some points. There is only so much one person can take emotionally and I did fault Lana for not being as emotionally considerate but in the end, human emotion and mental well-being is a fickle thing that is hard to judge. Bottom line - nobody is perfect.
You learn that everyone in this book has a secret and they all find new and creative ways to keep their secrets. But someone is guilty of something and while it's fun unraveling all the lies and untold truths, there were moments where I wished it would just get to the point quicker. My biggest issue with this book were the cops, their interrogation methods and the investigation itself. It felt entirely amateur and unbelievable.
I received this book through Edelweiss+ in exchange for my honest review.