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The Other Daughter

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  15,236 ratings  ·  924 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 July 1st 1999)
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Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: donated-owned
What a great read this author always delivers, so glad I chose this one when I did. I read a lot during a holiday commute and could not put it down.

Melanie has been adopted into a troubled, rich family who hold many secrets. Most of which could she be the daughter of a serial killer? She’s always felt loved by her grieving mum, her troubled brother, her hard working but gruff father, and lastly her seemingly loving Godfather. She’s taken the place of the ‘other’ daughter, Meagan who was brutally

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 05, 2016 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.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
An addictive story you will not want to end.


The 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 li
Dana Marie
Jan 24, 2013 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
Jan 23, 2011 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 09, 2010 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
Nov 30, 2012 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
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
Jan 26, 2012 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 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well, discovered that while I am still a big Lisa Gardner fan, so far it is really only her books featuring D. D. Warren that rate 4 stars from me. (Police procedurals are among my favorite genre anyway, and D. D. Warren is an interesting and strong character; in fact all the main characters are so well developed that I not only think I know them, I care about them). This one - thought the plot was unbelievable, and eventually I just wanted to get through it and move on.
Trisha W.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012, favorites
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
Amber Adamchuk
Jun 29, 2011 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
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-away
This was a good book. The book has a good reading flow. Ive even got compassion with the head character. The karakters are well explained in mind and background.
Just loved this book. I think i want to read more from this author.
Marleen Meuleman
De schrijfstijl van deze schrijfster ligt mij minder goed.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A decent thriller (a bit dated). I discovered Lisa Gardner the last few years, so I'm reading some of her backlist. I really love her books, but this one isn't her best.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nine year old girl mysteriously turns up in a Boston Hospital in the throes of a severe allergy. Her life is saved, but she has no memory of who she is or where she is from & no one turns up to claim her.
She is adopted by Boston Hospital’s Hot-shot cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Harper Stokes & his wife who are desperately trying to get over the loss of their little daughter Megan, who was brutally murdered by a psychopathic serial killer Russell Lee Holmes.

They name their new daughter Me
Jun 24, 2013 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
Feb 12, 2009 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
Dec 31, 2011 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
Sep 14, 2012 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
Nov 27, 2015 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
Nov 29, 2012 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
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Drama, drama, soap opera, plot twist, drama , drama, drama, soap opera, plot twist, Oh! Wow! Didn't see that coming!
Paula Kalin
Not as good as her d.d. Warren books. Disappointed. Glad this wasn't the first book I picked up of hers, as I wouldn't have read another. Pass on this one.
Aidan Matthews
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
I like other reviewers of this book can't understand the rave reviews bestowed on this novel. It is in my oppinion quite honestly balderdash. How a 9 year old girl can turn up at a hospital with no memory of the her life up and until the age of 9 only to be adopted by a well to do surgeon who is under suspicion and investigation by the FBI of fitting dodgy pacemakers on the way to make his fortune this is a stretch for anyone's imagination. Add to this that the adopted girl is the daughter of a ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Could the adopted daughter of a wealthy, loving family really be the long-lost biological daughter of the serial killer who murdered their previous daughter? It's entirely possible because this is a fictional novel.

This romantic suspense thriller is soap opera level ridiculous in an entirely entertaining way. I was a little thrown off by the way the characters (including the protagonist and other characters we are meant to like) talked about Melanie's brother being gay before realizing this boo
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked some of the characters and their relationships and interactions certainly seemed believable, but the primary villain was far too much a black hat for me. In addition, while I realize mysteries sometimes need to go a little overboard to find a plot no one had used, this one seemed far too far-fetched to me. And what was meant to be the "twist" appeared obvious almost from the start. Finally, I don't like the device in which the writer uses an unknown, unnamed narrator to tell their part o ...more
Pam Carmichael
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystries
I had this paper back on my shelves forever and something just made me pick it up to read. Wow I was blown away the writing was great, the story was great and I loved all the characters in!! Took some time to figure this one and and man it was worth it. I will be reading more of Lisa Gardner's work from now on, really enjoyed it!!!
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