The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner


Winner of the 1999 Reviewer’s Choice Award

Winner of the 2000 Daphne Du Maurier Award for

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Suspense

KK Conley Review:

This suspense novel was published in 1999, and the Audible version was released in 1999. This review is based on the Audible version.

Gardner started her career as a romance author and published her first book when she was very young. I met her several years ago at a Writers Police Academy (2014, I believe) and she still looked very young. I believe she had a teenage daughter at the time.

The reason I mention that is that this book is heavy on romance. It’s one of those where the plot wraps around a single woman (Melanie Stokes) in her twenties who falls in love with the mysterious man who rescues her.

The book is well written and paced well. The characters bring to mind the cliché that you can choose your friends, but not your family. This family is full of secrets, treachery, and past and present sins. The plot moves well, and I completed it within forty-eight hours. It’s great to listen to in the car or sitting in your favorite chair.

Brittany Pressley does an excellent job with narration. She slips from Midwestern to Texas to Irish accents with ease, and it helps distinguish the characters. There is a sample of her narration available under the Audible icon on Amazon.

Booklist Online Review:

Audible Verson: Melanie Stokes is shocked to learn she may be the biological daughter of the serial killer who murdered her adoptive family’s previous daughter in this twisty and dramatic suspense novel. Pressley flawlessly creates realistic voices for each character, including an Irish lilt for Melanie’s godfather and her adoptive mother’s fading but noticeable Texas drawl. She doesn’t shy away from the emotional highs of the novel, leaning into moments of anger, sadness, and pain without devolving into distracting theatrics. Originally published in 1999, the book hasn’t aged well in some regards—namely, the way Melanie’s brother’s sexuality is described, and dated references, as when caller ID is described as new technology—but the tense mystery and dramatic reading are engaging enough that listeners will forgive these moments. This superb audio production is worth a listen for romantic-suspense and thriller fans, especially those who may have missed it the first time around.

— Tracy Gossage

Amazon Description & Rating:

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.”

Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all—even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter. As Melanie pursues every lead and chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of truth.

4.1 Stars out of 5.0

Goodreads Rating:

The description is the same as Amazon

3.99 Stars out of 5.00

Author’s Description:

Lisa Gardner - The Other Daughter (Paperback)

Winner of the 1999 Reviewer’s Choice Award

Winner of the 2000 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Suspense

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN KILL YOU

In Texas a serial killer is executed, taking to his grave the identity of his only child. In Boston a nine-year-old girl is abandoned in a hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Twenty years later, Melanie Stokes still considers herself lucky. Until. . .

Melanie had lost all memory of her life before the adoption, and now someone wants to give it back. Even if it includes the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter in Texas. As Melanie pursues every lead, chases every shadow in the search for her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from twenty years ago will come together in a dangerous explosion of truth. And with her very life at stake, Melanie will fear that the family she loves the most may be the people she should trust the least.

Book Trailer:

An audible sample is available by clicking under the image on Amazon.