Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova

her daughter's mother

4/5 stars


Fiction – Psychological Suspense

Goodreads Summary

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…


This was definitely an intriguing read! I found it to have a unique and fascinating plot.

The author allows us to get to know the characters well by providing a rotation of first person narratives for each of the main characters. I enjoyed this because I felt like I was able to get thoughts and perspectives of each instead of being limited to one narrator. Each character was equally fascinating to me as well, which is a rare thing.

I love a suspense novel that can keep me guessing throughout, and this one delivered! At one point or another, I thought each of the characters was not to be trusted. But I also felt for what each of them were going through. While this book is suspenseful, it is also rather emotional. With the story revolving around infertility, this was far from a light read. Some of the content was heavy and heartbreaking. The author did an exceptional job of portraying the emotions that I imagine come along with experiencing infertility. If this is something you struggle with or are sensitive to, I would warn you against reading this book.

I would highly suggest this fantastic debut from the very talented Daniela Petrova! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Available June 18th!

Thank you to Daniela Petrova & G.P. Putnam’s Sons for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Daniela Petrova’s website

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