Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra (Book Summary)

A young woman was caught shoplifting and to be able to get herself out of a situation, she lied and claimed that she is Rebecca Winter.

Rebecca Winter was known as the girl who was abducted 11 years ago. The young woman who claims to be her saw her on the television and immediately noticed how much they looked a like.

This young woman, now Rebecca’s imposter, ran away from home. She is not in good terms with her father and stepmother. She has already been living in the streets but her life was about to change the moment she claimed that she is Rebecca.

The police helped the woman reunite with Rebecca’s family. Her parents fetched her and took her home, she also later on met Rebecca’s twin brothers, Paul and Andrew. The woman just informed them that she managed to escape from the kidnappers, and the family didn’t ask further questions. The only person that has a lot of questions is the detective. She has a lot of questions for the woman which she could not answer because after all, she is only pretending to be Rebecca.

The woman also met Lizzie and Jack. Lizzie is Rebecca’s bestfriend while Jack is Lizzie’s brother, who had a crush on Rebecca. The woman and Jack hang out and he had no clue that is not the real Rebecca. However for Lizzie, she eventually  figured out that the woman is not Rebecca. She is her bestfriend and she knows her very well. The woman really looked like Rebecca but she doesn’t act like her at all. Lizze got angry. The woman had no choice but to admit the truth, she asked Lizzie not to tell the parents yet because it would break their heart.

The woman went back to the house and she already decided to leave, to make everything right, to bring justice to Rebecca. If she keeps pretending to be her then that means the kidnappers will never get caught.

When the twins left, the woman also planned to leave. She received a text that day from Lizzie telling her that she’s sorry, since she already told Rebecca’s parents the truth. The woman thought it was weird because the parents didn’t mention anything. There was one thing that was also weird – she realized that the parents and the twins never asked her any details about the kidnapping.

Since the twins are already gone, the woman decided to go to the garage to check something she got curious with. She once found the mother in the garage, acting unusual, packing boxes. When she pushed the boxes aside she saw that there is a passage, and then – she saw a corpse. The woman got scared because it looks like Rebecca has not been kidnapped – but she was killed in her own home. The woman realizes that she needed to leave the house immediately because anyone from the family might hurt her.

When the mother went looking for her she pretended to be using the washing machine. The woman’s phone started ringing, but the mother insisted on throwing the robe in the machine even with the phone in it. The woman protested, but the mother looks like she hasn’t heard anything.  She heard a bang from upstairs and she found the father dead, he killed himself using a gun and left a note that says he could no longer keep pretending.

By that time, the woman confirmed that Rebecca was murdered by her own family.

Out of nowhere, the twins appeared. They are talking about hurting the woman. And then there was darkness.

The woman woke up and she is at the backseat of a car. It is Lizzie who’s driving. Lizzie said that when she got the woman’s reply about the family pretending not to know that the woman is just pretending (even after telling them the truth) was very unusual, so she and Jack drove to the house. The house was on fire. Lizzie was able to save the woman, but as for the mother, she just kept washing the dishes like nothing is wrong. Lizzie left the mother but the rescuers were able to get her.

The woman decided to call the detective and tell the truth about what happened to Rebecca.

What really happened to Rebecca Winter:

Rebecca works in McDonalds with her bestfriend Lizzie. She once asked her workmates to come over their house because to perform and exorcism. She thought the house was haunted because there was an instance when she woke up covered with blood. The exorcism didn’t push through because Rebecca and Lizzie had an argument. The others who attended (the manager and also Luke) just went home. The truth about the blood – it was done by her twin brothers.

Rebecca has two twin brothers whom she adored. They looked very bored and Rebecca was guilty for always going away so she promised them that she’d take her to the swimming pool. They weren’t able to go on the first planned so she apologized and promised to take them on another day. When they were about to go to the pool, she saw something on one of the twin’s backpack. They brought a tool that could hurt someone. Rebecca got angry, she walked out of the house, not sure where to go. She went looking for Luke, but discovered that he’s talking to some other girls aside from her. She went to see Lizzie but she is not around, only her father, and she got uncomfortable because he talked about sex, so she decided to just go to work.

When she was at home the twins hurt her. She also saw one of them holding a knife. She realized that they were the one who hit her in the head back when she assumed she just fainted because of the heatstroke. She remembered how they tortured her cat. Rebecca decided that she had to run away before she becomes the twin’s next victim.

 

HOW IT ENDED: 

The woman apologized to her father and stepmother. Her father promised to get her a good lawyer to help her.

The twins were convicted, not with Rebecca’s murder but with Max. Max is their neighbor who was not mentally stable. It was his body that the woman found in the garage and not Rebecca. The police does not have enough evidence to convict them for Rebecca’s murder, but their DNA is all over Max’s so they were still sent to prison.

On the train station, the woman saw a familiar figure looking intently at the news. When she approached her, she saw a very familiar face. She saw the replica of her own face – it was Rebecca Winter. When Rebecca saw the woman, she ran away. They never got the chance to talk.

The End of Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra.

Published by

Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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