Her Daughter's mother

She befriended the one woman she was never supposed to meet. Now she’s the key suspect in her disappearance.


Her Daughter’s Mother is a gripping psychological suspense novel about a newly pregnant woman who befriends her anonymous egg donor—and might have been the last person to see her before
she mysteriously disappeared.

** Named Most Anticipated Book of Summer by CrimeReads

** Named Best Beach Read of the Year by O, The Oprah Magazine

** Named Best Beach Read of 2019 by New York Post 



"[An] impressive debut…burning questions will keep readers on the edge of their seats…a gripping tale of the consequences of obsession. Petrova is off to a promising start.

Publishers Weekly 


"A suspenseful, contemporary, and twisty thriller...with an engaging and sympathetic protagonist."

Kirkus Reviews 


"You’ll get caught up in two first-person narratives…Petrova is expert at showing how desperate both these women are…its darkness and wild resolution will appeal to many readers."



"Petrova has written a consummate page-turner that also manages incredible layers of emotional depth. This is one of the year’s most provocative and eye-opening novels."



"Her Daughter's Mother had me from the very first page. With a dazzling plot; complex, unforgettable characters; and gorgeous prose that mines the dangerous depths of obsession, Daniela Petrova's debut is undoubtedly going to be the book everyone will want to read this summer.”

— Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother 


"Taut pacing, relatable characters, and a twisty, surprising plot combine in this tense and poignant thriller. Secrets and obsession leave their mark in this unputdownable story—a remarkable debut."

— Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of 

All the Missing Girls,The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest


"Her Daughter’s Mother has all the hallmarks of great psychological suspense: a compelling mystery, a cast of intriguing and suspicious characters, and plenty of stunning surprises. But it is the journey of the novel's protagonists—each trying to find family, connection, and redemption—that makes this page-turner a tender, moving story you won't soon forget."

— Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister


“Captivating and powerful, Her Daughter’s Mother is both a thought-provoking story about the ethical gray area one woman stumbles into on her quest for motherhood, and a twisty thriller about another woman’s abrupt disappearance. Secrets, obsession, lies, betrayals big and small—they’re all here in this expertly paced novel that will keep readers guessing right up until the very last page.”

— Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping


"This moving, heartfelt thriller surprised me again and again. Lana’s journey to becoming a mother is poignant and suspenseful, even without the added element of her egg donor’s disappearance. The turns of this story ratchet up the intrigue, making Her Daughter’s Mother one of the most gripping books I’ve read in years. Petrova has created an original, smart novel sure to top “Best Of” lists in 2019. A sure-footed, memorable debut."

— Erica Wright, author of The Blue Kingfisher

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Daniela Petrova is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her first novel, Her Daughter’s Mother, is forthcoming from Putnam in June 2019. Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Petrova currently lives in New York City.

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