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The Other Daughter

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,553 Ratings  ·  691 Reviews

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.

Tonight, a has-been reporter turns up investigating her past. Tonight the first note arrives, saying, "You Get What You Deserve." And tonight, Melanie h
Paperback, 413 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Bantam (first published 1999)
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Elodie The main character is Melanie. This is a terrific book!
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May 18, 2016 Alp rated it it was amazing

A 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, courag
Jan 07, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it
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.
Dana Marie
Jan 24, 2013 Dana Marie rated it it was ok
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
Apr 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: awful
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
Apr 12, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 12, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
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
Trisha W.
Apr 20, 2012 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read2012
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
Dec 08, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
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
Jan 30, 2012 Rachael rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2010 Pbwritr rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Amber Adamchuk
Jul 04, 2011 Amber Adamchuk rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2009 Gabby rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, thriller
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
Jun 24, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Sep 15, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
A couple of weeks ago, my co-workers and I were discussing books, as we often do in the wee hours of a long night shift. It's fairly rare for me to have not heard of a popular author (because let's face it, I'm a reading fanatic!), but when everyone started raving about Lisa Gardner I sat there with a blank look on my face. They were shocked that I had never read anything by who they consider to be one of the greatest mystery writers out there. I was told that I must check out her books, startin ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Another Lisa Gardner book under wraps! Another one that I loved. This book took me by surprise more than I imagined. There were a lot of characters first of all. I had such a hard time keeping them all straight - especially Meagan and Melanie - I was forever reading "Meagan" and thinking "Melanie". All that aside, I had my suspicions, I was forever trying to think one step ahead to find out who had killed Meagan and how that all tied in with Melanie. Even when people started telling the truth, I ...more
Oct 31, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Drama, drama, soap opera, plot twist, drama , drama, drama, soap opera, plot twist, Oh! Wow! Didn't see that coming!
Aug 10, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2014 Joan rated it it was amazing
At first, I wasn't sure I would like it - a little too much language and sex for me - but the plot and its twists kept me glued to each chapter, to the point that I was sometimes late getting up in the morning (from reading most of the night), or I wouldn't get things done on Saturdays (cleaning day); so I put it down for a few days at a time so that I could get things done, and was pleasantly surprised when I remembered all of the characters clearly and knew exactly what was going on when I pic ...more
May 30, 2014 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth Phillips
Sep 30, 2012 Elizabeth Phillips rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2012 Heather Schmutz rated it really liked it
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
M.M. Silva
Sep 01, 2013 M.M. Silva rated it really liked it
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
David Roberts
May 25, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2012 Tiffunee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-to-read
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
Jan 04, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2016 Jackie rated it really liked it
Better than average mystery, the kind it's hard to put down.
Feb 08, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
In Huntsville, Texas, a serial child killer is executed while Patricia Stokes and her son Brian watch for the killing of her four year old daughter. Meanwhile, father Dr Harper Stokes finds a young girl abandoned in the hospital and Harper and Patricia adopt the girl. Now twenty years later, a reporter arrives in Boston to confront the girl Melanie Stokes as being the daughter of the serial killer. Melanie has many questions about what happened to the Stokes' daughter 25 years ago but the report ...more
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