NOT HER DAUGHTER (St.Martin’sPress) by debut fiction author, Rea Frey raises the questions of what it means to be a mother and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.
Sounds like a bunch of books you may have read in the past, huh? But Rea Frey takes this subject and turns it on its head. That’s why I’m nominating it for my favorite summer page-turner. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of loose ends that I would have liked neatly tied up, but NOT HER DAUGHTER is so original.
Emma Grace Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.
Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Abandoned by her mother. Kidnapper.
Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure she wants her daughter back.
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.
NOT HER DAUGHTER grabs you by the throat. It’s emotional and it’s one hell of a roller coaster ride. You’ll find yourself questioning what’s right and profoundly wrong. The cover design is so intense, it dares you not to read the novel.
NOT HER DAUGHTER is called one of summer’s best books by POPSUGAR. REFINERY 29 calls it one of the best summer thrillers. NOT HER DAUGHTER is soon to be a major motion picture.
Rea always wanted to be a novelist.
When she was little, her nose was either stuffed in a book, sniffing paper, absorbing words, or letting her imagination wander. If not reading, she was writing. In journals. In notebooks. In diaries. On walls. In the sand. On legal pads. On typewriters. With quills.
In college, she majored in fiction writing and somehow fell into nonfiction and personal training. Her dreams of sitting in a writer’s haven on the water, wrapped in a sweater, penning her stories, was swapped for health and wellness gigs and her first fractured steps into the important world of the Author Platform (aka social media).
After four nonfiction books were published, countless magazine and newspaper articles written, editing jobs taken, content management contracts executed, a gym co-owned, and certifications sought, she realized she was hustling for the wrong type of writing.
So, she quit.
She gave herself a window to write a novel. Eight weeks, she told herself. Eight weeks to change everything.
Never one to back down from a challenge, she wrote her novel in just a month.
The rest went something like this: Secure a phenomenal agent, join a writer’s group, bear witness to the magic of self-belief as the book got into a bidding war and landed her a two-book deal with St. Martin’s Press.
Now, when asked what she does, she says the following: I’m a motherfucking writer.
Rea is a novelist. She writes books. And swears. And drinks lots of coffee. And has a daughter. And a dreamy husband. And still manages to find the magic in books.
She hopes you will put down the phone and pick up a book (preferably hers when it hits the shelves). And find the joy in reading.
Because there’s nothing quite like the power of words…
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press we’re lucky to have one copy to give away. Just tell us your vote for best summer read.
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