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The Other Daughter

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  9,042 ratings  ·  592 reviews
In Huntsville, a man goes to the electric chair for the kidnap, torture and murder of six small children. In Boston, a nine year old girl has been admitted to ER, unconscious and full of morphine. She remembers nothing about herself or her past.
Unknown Binding, 404 pages
Published August 3rd 2000 by Not Avail (first published 1999)
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Dana Marie
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 Mea...more
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...more
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...more
Trisha W.
love Lisa Gardner's books. She is for sure on my top 5 favorite author's list. Her books always leave me guessing until the last few pages and she knows how to write a suspense novel and keep it entertaining and keep you engaged through the whole book.
My first book I ever read by her was The Third Victim. It was about a school shooting. That book is still my #1 all time favorite book and I have been thinking of going back to read it again just because it was so good. And I normally do not rerea...more
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 an...more
Russell Lee Holmes murdered 6 young children, and the state of Texas is executing him for his crimes. One Of the children Holmes has confessed to murdering is Meagan Stokes, the daughter of a Texas physician and his wife. A reporter covering the story of Holmes' execution knows that Holmes himself has a child, but no one knows the location of this child or the child's mother. When Holmes is executed, that secret dies with him... or so everyone believes. The night Holmes dies, a 9 year old girl s...more
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 pr...more
This book intrigued me at the start. The setup for the mystery was bizarre but compelling: Melanie, 29, was adopted at the age of 9 by a family who had lost their first daughter. A reporter approaches her at the beginning to tell her that her real father was a sadistic serial killer and the man who had murdered her parents' first daughter. After that all the key players start getting notes saying, "You get what you deserve." The reporter is murdered. Melanie is almost murdered. Everyone in the f...more
I like Lisa Gardner’s suspense thrillers for their fast pace and many twists. The Other Daughter was no different – with just enough romance thrown in to offset the darker elements of the story, it contained enough false leads and 180 degree turn-arounds to keep me guessing until close to the end. However, I must admit that for me the plot was a little bit too far fetched, which took away a lot of the enjoyment and the suspense, despite its action-packed finale. I think that basing the whole plo...more
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 wil...more
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Amber Adamchuk
I love how Lisa Gardner gets right off to action in most of her books! And this one did not disappoint! You start off with an exacution and move right into the life of Melanie Sstokess adopted 9 year without a past. There are several key players that each have a significant part in Melanie's life past present and future. There is not a dull moment in this book. You have to pay close attention or you might miss the clues to " daddy's girl". Of course you got a little romance mixed into this actio...more
A compelling, suspenseful thriller, The Other Daughter is a pretty good read. Every now and then I pick up one of these genre’s of books, and find the pageturning suspense that keeps you guessing until the end, is quite good for a change for me. It revolves around Melanie who was adopted as a young child by a wealthy family who took her in and she became a part of the family. From there - about 25 years forward, a reporter shows up and tells her about everything he discovered from her past. I re...more
Melanie Stokes was nine years old when she was found, abandoned in a Boston hospital, with no memory of her past, or who she was. All she could tell people was that she was ‘Daddy’s girl’. She was adopted into a family who had everything, it seemed… a surgeon father, Harper, and social butterfly mother, Patricia, a doting and loving uncle, Jamie, and her adored but extremely troubled brother, Brian.

After twenty years, Melanie was very happy, had a fulfilling life, and did her best to keep her fa...more
Elizabeth Phillips
I am not one to recap a book play by play and I don't like to give spoilers so instead I will just summarize my feelings. Lisa Gardner is a new author to me. I have found I have read and re read all of my favorites that I needed to branch out and discover a new author. Iris Johansen had some good things to say about Gardner so I decided to check her out. The one word that comes to mind in describing this book is WOW. The plot summary moves along pretty well. I found that I had to pay attention a...more
Heather Schmutz
I've learned that I do need some kind of a happy ending and a deeper tension and connection between characters to become attached to a book. I know this was one of Lisa's earlier works but I liked seeing the taste of her and comparing it to the growth I know now. The beginning dragged a bit for me but once I was tugged at it hooked and pulled me in from then on.

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy couple with a life that appears picture p...more
M.M. Silva
Happy first day of September! Does this mean summer is coming to an end?? Say it isn’t so…

Anyway, I have a GREAT read for you for this week called The Other Daughther by Lisa Gardner. I’ve read some of Gardner’s series starring main character D. D. Warren, and I liked those, so I thought I’d give this book a shot, and it did not disappoint.

This story is about a young lady named Melanie Stokes who was abandoned in a hospital twenty years prior and subsequently adopted by one of the wealthy surgeo...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner which is an excellent thriller which I bought from kindle. I really enjoyed reading this book & the tension in the story is almost unbearable. The plot is a serial killer is executed via electric chair in Texas. They have only just brought back executions and it's in the year 1977 so it's controversial. No one though can quibble with the fact the particular criminal is a despicable man. He has raped, tortured and murdered 6 young gi...more
Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy couple. Gifted with a loving family, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until tonight.

Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. 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 desperately searches for her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from the past wi...more
I just finished "The Other Daughter" by Lisa Gardner on the 30th or 31st. It was an amazing book, and only took me a few days to read. It revolves around a woman around my age named Melanie Stokes. She was adopted by a rich family who took really good care of her. And then a reporter shows up and tells her about everything he dug up on her past. The book gets really intense from there. The cast of characters is really well described. I felt like I knew each and every one of them. I was happy whe...more
Ursula Gorman
This one was good, but different. I liked it, and even though I figured out the ending before it was actually revealed, I still have a little trouble swallowing the 'twist'. I can't say why it bothers me because it'll give the story away...
That being said, it is a good book and even though the end raised some questions with the twist, I still reccommend it to mystery/romance readers. It would have been a 5 star rating had it not been for my own issues with the end...Give it a try, I think you'll...more
I've read other Lisa Gardner books in the past and felt like a mystery/suspense so I picked this up and read it on my vacation. It was a pretty fast read - 2 to 3 days (but of course I was on vacation) - and for the most part I liked it. It was a little predictable. I was able to guess the ending maybe half-way or two-thirds in, but I still enjoyed it. I liked that the hero was physically flawed and had some real issues. The heroine occasionally got a little 'princessy', but it never got too ann...more
Ayu Ikhwani
This is my first Lisa Gardner book and to be frank, I was really disappointed. I actually wanted to give it a star and half.

I found this while book-browsing at a bookstore nearby. I was impressed seeing so many books by Lisa Gardner so of course it made me more excited to try her book. I mean, if you aren't doing well, you wont have so many titles, would you? I took my time choosing which one I wanted to try first since there was a lot and finally settled with two titles. However, I put one back...more
Marta Martins
Great book! Great story, so unbelievably complicated and so simple at the same time! Loved the Melanie character and her pure strength! Loved the way the pieces came together so perfectly. Will be reading Lisa Gardner again very soon with high expectations.
This wasn't the best Gardner book that I've read, but it was OK. Contrary to the other ones I've been reading, the characters didn't feel complete or well thought-out. THere was a lot of tension throughout the whole book, most of it unnecessary. I always felt like the characters were yelling at each other, and no one was every in a good mood-even when they meant to be. Also, everyone spoke the same and there was a thing where they kept saying the person's name they were speaking to. It was very...more
This is the first Lisa Gardner book I have read and I found it good but not great. The plot which centres around Melanie the adopted daughter of a wealthy couple who lost their first daughter to a kidnapper and murderer, was intriguing. I really didn't predict the ending and genuinely couldn't stop reading to find out whodunit.
However I found the writing style was a bit script like. Some of the 'lines' didn't seem believable and it read like a cheap daytime soap in some places. I have read revi...more
Finished this quickly on the plane. Great summer beach book! I went to the library to gert more of her books for instant gratification!
I'm torn between 3 stars and 3.5 stars.
This book started really well. Ticked all the right boxes, had me intrigued - right from the first sentence. However, along the way, it got a little ... tiresomely predictable perhaps ... I don't think I can explain it well, but I'll try.

I'm a big fan of this author, I've really enjoyed other books she has written. This one felt a little too tidy. The mystery started strong. A 9 year old girl is found in a hospital A&E suffering from some allergic reac...more
How does Lisa Gardner think of these things.
It was amazing and wonderful and I was up til 1am to finish it.
Perfect combo of creepy and action and romance and family.

And the house of cards was caving in fast....

Other favourite words (view spoiler)...more
Claire Barfell
Lisa Gardner never disappoints me. The reason I love all of her books is that the reader can never figure out the mystery.

Melanie was adopted and thought she knew all about her family, but when a reporter starts investigating and the notes start arriving that say, "You get what you deserve" it becomes a horrifying mystery. Who killed the Stokes's first daughter Megan? Melanie cannot remember anything about her past before she was adopted. This is the kind of book I just cannot put down. I want...more
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po...more
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