Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Thinking her life is awful a twenty-something flees her family but having nowhere to go she decides to impersonate a girl who has been missing for a decade that friends commented years ago could have been her twin. Now she is Rebecca, Bec, and after convincing the police she will have to convince Bec’s family that she’s their missing daughter. Will they believe her? Will she be able to keep her DNA out of the hands of the authorities? Will she share Bec’s fate?
This is a pretty creepy book. Told in present day chapters with our unnamed imposter alternating with chapters of Bec’s life until the day she disappears the author is great at red herrings making you suspect just about everyone in Bec’s life. It is a little difficult to empathize with the imposter, not knowing until almost the end of the book what she’s running from, just knowing that she’s giving this family hope — but then also wondering how they can’t possibly know this isn’t their daughter…
All comes together at the end and not in the way you suspect. There are some really difficult minutes towards the end (I listened, and the reader was great, her Australian accent was a constant reminder of the setting, but you can’t skim like with a book) but there is a good twist at the end. Did it end a little too perfectly? Yes, but I’m really glad it did. (When you read the last few pages you’ll understand exactly what I mean.)