Lana and her partner, Tyler, struggled with infertility for eight years when they decided to try getting pregnant using donor eggs—and it worked. Curious about the donor, Lana “accidentally” meets and befriends Katya. A week later, Katya is inexplicably missing. Lana is desperate to find her and reveal their connection, only to discover she wasn’t the only one keeping secrets from her new friend.
Her Daughter’s Mother proved to be absolutely unputdownable, and I read most of it in one sitting. The story is told from three perspectives: Lana, Katya, and Tyler (Lana’s ex who is also the father of the baby). I loved the way things proved not to be as they seemed when the perspective switched between characters. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, the other side of the story would be revealed and leaving me guessing all over again! For various reasons, none of the characters were 100% trustworthy, and I found myself questioning their motives (not to mention, their veracity!) more than a few times as I read further in the book.
The pacing of the story was perfectly executed. Revelations were gradually doled out, but they always seemed to land exactly when I felt I just HAD to find out something more about this or that. I was never left hanging too long about the latest suspenseful thing, but was always kept on edge long enough to allow the latest reveal to really pack a punch.
Petrova’s debut novel, with its ethically-flawed but nonetheless fascinating main characters, will captivate readers from start to finish. Add this one to your wishlist, folks!
As for me… I’m looking forward to Ms. Petrova’s next novel. May it come soon, because I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!
About the Book
In this gripping and emotional domestic suspense debut for fans of The Perfect Mother, a newly pregnant woman inadvertently befriends her egg donor–only to find herself a key suspect when the woman vanishes without a trace.
On the day newly pregnant Lana looks up on the subway and sees the egg donor she was never supposed to meet, she makes a decision whose consequences will change her life. Fascinated by the woman whose flesh and blood is growing in her womb, Lana steps off the train after her. She only intends to watch her from a distance, but when the woman trips and Lana comes to her rescue, an unexpected friendship is born. In Katya, Lana finds a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby’s father, and someone whose zest for life brings a new sparkle to Lana’s own humdrum routine. But a week later, Katya goes missing–and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she vanished.
Entangled in the ensuing police investigation, Lana is determined to find out what happened to the woman who made motherhood possible for her–even when she becomes a suspect in the disappearance herself. But as she digs in to Katya’s past, Lana will unearth shocking secrets that hit close to home–secrets with the power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best.
Alternately narrated by Lana, Katya, and the baby’s father, Tyler, HER DAUGHTER’S MOTHER is at once an insider’s look into the ethical dilemmas associated with fertility and family and a twist-filled domestic suspense debut.
About the Author
DANIELA PETROVA grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Sofia, Bulgaria. She came to the US in her early twenties and earned a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Marie Claire. Her first novel, Her Daughter’s Mother, is forthcoming from Putnam in June 2019. She lives and writes in New York City.