4.5 5A real page turner The Other Daughter was my first Lisa Gardner s book and I was utterly pleased with it This book had me glued to every single page from the very start to the end.This was a great and entertaining suspense story, full of suspicion, danger, and many puzzles to solve It kept me curious and edgy almost the entire time The plot was exceptional and the characters were appealing, especially the hero, David Riggs, who has such a strong character He s consistent, clever, courageous, and most of all, he never gives in This book gave me the chills while I was reading far into the night and the storyline kept me guessing constantly all the way through Moreover, there were a lot of twists and turns that never stopped surprising me again and again.The Other Daughter had everything I could possibly want in suspense story great plot, interesting and well developed characters, and good twist ending The story was very engaging, perfectly paced, and thoroughly gripping.All in all, this was an amazing suspense mystery thriller story with a slight touch of romance, one of the most incredibly intense reading experiences I ve ever had I absolutely enjoyed reading this book Aquilo Que N O Sabemos Pode Matar Nos Melanie Perdera Todas As Recorda Es Anteriores Adop O E Agora Algu M Quer Devolver Lhas Mesmo Que Isso Inclua O Pesadelo Mais Tenebroso Que A Fam Lia Stokes J Enfrentou O Assass Nio Da Sua Primeira Filha No Texas Medida Que Melanie Persegue Toda E Qualquer Pista Em Busca Da Sua Verdadeira Identidade, Dois Acontecimentos Aparentemente N O Relacionados De H Vinte Anos Juntam Se Numa Perigosa Explos O De Verdade E Com A Pr Pria Vida Em Perigo, Melanie Receia Que As Pessoas Que Mais Ama, As Da Sua Fam Lia, Sejam Aquelas Em Que Menos Deve Confiar Another great book by Lisa Gardner Likeable characters, a believable love interest and an intriguing mystery make this a very readable book It was very hard to put down A nice little twist at the end meant that even though I had guessed the person who had committed the crime, the crime was not what I thought it was Very clever Highly recommended if you enjoy a good crime story. An addictive story you will not want to end SUMMARYThe Other Daughter was published over 20 years ago, but was only now released in audio Melanie Stokes was nine years old when she was abandoned in a Boston hospital with a narcotic overdose She was subsequently adopted by a young wealthy couple, who had earlier suffered the tragic loss of their four year old daughter Melanie s grew up knowing she was loved by her parents, her older brother, and her favorite uncle She has no memory of her life before the adoption, but now at age 29, someone wants her to remember One night she received a threatening message you get what you deserve As she struggles to figure out who she really is, danger is lurking around every corner The truth did not always set you free sometimes it bound you to dark, bloody deeds and costs you the people you love REVIEWThe Other Daughter was the winner of the 1999 Reviewer s Choice Award and winner of the 2000 Daphne s Du Maurier Award for suspense And I now know why it is being republished in audio It s a mystery full of twists that will have you holding your breath till the end The writing was fluid and listening to the story was addictive Lisa Gardner s character development was robust and narrator Brittany Presley did a fabulous job with the various voices My favorite part was the tension created by Melanie s amnesia of her life before being abandoned in the hospital, and I really loved the David Riggs character, he was so full of feelings, emotions and strength A parent s approval always mattered, regardless of age Publisher Brilliance AudioPublished December 2019Narrated Brittany PresleyReview www.bluestockingreviews.com This is not the first book that I read by Lisa Gardner and it s a good thing If I had, I would not read anything else by her Fortunately, the first book I read by her is part of the DD Warren series and I ve become caught up in the lives of Ms Warren and her former lover Bobby Dodge The Other Daughter has an interesting premise On the day that a convicted serial killer is executed, a young girl is found abandoned in a hospital across the country She s adopted by the Stokes, parents of Meagan Stokes, one of the girls the serial killer has confessed to killing Years later, a reporter down on his luck shows up at the Stokes home and tells Melanie that he believes she s the serial killer s daughter Then everyone is receiving notes saying You get what you deserve What does it all mean Cool, right That s what I thought Unfortunately, there is so much going on in this book that you have the worst time keeping up By the end, the suspenseful twist isn t that suspenseful any because there s all these other suspenseful twists thrown in There s too much details about each character Melanie s ex fiance cheated on her but also told her that he was worse off than her because she was adopted but he wasn t So when she s recounting the story to the FBI agent, it s not clear why she broke up with him Harper, Melanie s father, is charming and wonderful, but also cheats on his wife There s the recovering alcoholic mother, the awesome god father who halfway through the book isn t so charming but runs guns There s the FBI agent, working under cover, that just happens to rescue Melanie from the reporter and her horrible migraine Melanie manages to eavesdrop on a call where the FBI agent is carrying on a monologue about how his partner, rookie Chenney, should follow the ex fiance The profiler from Quantico not only has no problem talking to the FBI agent over speaker phone, he s okay with letting Melanie hear the entire thing as well AND, dun dun dun, it s possible that someone in Melanie s family was responsible for Meagan s death.I have no problem suspending disbelief but this book required me to not only suspend disbelief but take it out back, shoot it, and bury it. I purchased this book for my Nook because it was only 5 I feel like I completely overpaid I m really shocked to read all the rave reviews on this site It s as though I ve read a totally different book The writing is amatuerish The dialogue is awful and often awkward The characters are melodramatic and whiney The mystery isn t really much of a mystery at all I had all of the twists figured out before they were revealed The characters in this book are unbelievable Their development pretty much stops at Dad is a greedy yet spineless old man Mom is a weak, dependent, alcoholic, etc There is repetition around these characteristics, but nothing deeper ever emerges The main characters are awful as well I had a really hard time with David the cop because in one paragraph he is made out to be this aging ex athlete with a degenerative spine, which doesn t paint a pretty picture in my mind And then on the next page Melanie will place her hand on his lean stomach or notice the musculature of his pectorals or something horribly cheesy like that Attention authors you can t take an aging, out of shape, old guy and then make him some sort of sex God in the following chapter It doesn t work My mind just had a really hard time creating a picture of him because there were so many details about him that were at odds with each other.The drama surrounding Melanie and her quest to find out who she really is just made me gag I understand the desire to find out your true parentage and all of that But everyone acting like, oh, poor Melanie, we should have protected her How could we have treated her this way The girl is 29 She isn t 7 yet everyone feels some sort of need to protect her I don t know it was just really odd to me Like I said, very unbelievable.I really thought this was an awful book There s no two ways about it But I did finish it, which says something Granted my reason for perservering every time I picked it up was so I could move on to something better eventually But I did continue to go back Even after putting it away for awhile to read a different book i went back to The Other Daughter So there had to be something there that brought me back For that reason, and that reason alone, I granted two stars Otherwise I would have given one. The Other Daughter Lisa Gardner A psychological suspense Thriller Melanie Stokes has it all A prominent wealthy Surgeon father, beautiful loving mother, and a Godfather who dotes on her She knows she is lucky because she is adopted, and never gave thought to her real parents She also lives with a family tragedy, one that is never spoken of Her sister Meagan was murdered 20 years ago, by the child serial killer Russell Lee Holmes.Melanie starts to ask about her sister, she has memory loss, can not remember anything prior to her adoption Yet these un rememorable memories begin to haunt her She starts to question her family, coming up on dead ends She wonders if she really is loved, who are her parents and can this crazy man be her biological father An intense read, with surprises along the way Lisa Gardner knows how to draw in a reader and keep you hanging on until the last page All night reading suspense. Melanie Stokes was found in an empty Boston hospital room at the age of 9 with no memory of her life before then, or knowledge of her name She was adopted by Dr Harper Stokes and his wife Patricia who were still reeling over the loss of their daughter Meagan 5 years earlier.Flash forward to the present and Melanie is accosted by a report Larry Digger who claims she is the daughter of the serial killer who killed the Stokes s first daughter DUN DUN DUN.And then you need to relax our mind and forget that you will question the rest Or maybe it is just me.The story got completely crazy and out of control and I predicted half of it but it was mindless and a quick read.I just can t really handle the I smelled him and now I love him I must protect the girl let s become crazy close fast Let s break the laws and or rules of my job because I just met you and OMG I LOVE YOU Or alllll the people conspire to be bad people and well you get the hintBut in the end, I did read it and it did keep my attention and I only rolled my eyes a couple times I also used to read stuff like this all the time between the ages of 12 21 haha Lisa Gardner is an author I tried for the first time, about this time, last year.I became a fan quite quickly after reading out of sequence, some of her DD Warren books I found that Lisa developed her characters extraordinarily well in what is usually only a plot driven genre, namely crime fiction.I like Lisa Gardner as much as I like Tess Gerritsen, which is saying something, I like Tell a hell of a lot, and I find the two authors very similar, they write the same genre in a very addictive and compelling way They both write books that beg you to keep reading, forcing you to continue the pages no matter how late in the day it is The difference between the two is that Tess can write both excellent series and standalone books whereas Lisa excels better in her series books I found this standalone book somewhat lacking to the others I have read.That said, this was an enjoyable read It centres around Melanie, a child abandoned in a hospital in Texas as a young girl, subsequently adopted into a wealthy family and given what many would deem, the life of her dreams This becomes complicated by the appearance of a journalist who believes he has some dirt on her namely that she is the daughter of a renowned child serial killer who has just been killed on death row for his crimes Throw into the mix that he allegedly killed her mothers first girl, things become complex and serious very quickly.The plot is flawless, fascinating, multi faceted and well paced Lisa draws up her characters pretty well also, there are many that are likeable and equally some you would just love to kill they are that loathsome But they fell short of the characters in her series, I can t put my finger on it but I just didn t like them half as much As I said previously, with Tess Gerritsen, standalone or serial novel, I like adore the characters she dreams up, with Lisa in this instance, I didn t.The writing is as good as ever, flows from one page to the next making compulsive reading but I just didn t like it as much I can t say I loved it, merely that I liked it This isn t re readable material unlike her other books.So only a 3 stars from me.Full review at My favorite part in the book Melanie, have you ever had a turning point in your life I know your re only twenty nine, but have you ever felt yourself at a crossroads, when suddenly all of life was murky, and even though you can t see the landscape and you re not sure where you re going, you know you must take a step And that this will be an important step This will be The Step.Yes, I feel this way often as if i m stepping into the darkness and trusting, God knows who, that this step will be the right step In the right direction.Once again Lisa Gardner has blown me away with another story of total suspense Her books just keep getting better and better More twisted and sick Blood and guts, cow tounges wrapped in packages and delivered to your front door Pig guts and a penis and balls floating in a jar How in the world does she come up with this stuff Needless to say..I love it Give me Happy Reading..
Alicia ScottLisa Gardner is a 1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist A self described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure and twisted minds into a streak of twenty thrillers Her latest, NEVER TELL, comes out Feb 19 2019 and features Detective D.D Warren joining forces with vigilante Flora Dane to investigate the murder of known associate of Flora s infamous kidnapper.Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with two crazy pups and an ancient rescue dog When not writing, Lisa loves to hike, play cribbage, and of course, read
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