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The Bad Daughter

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  5,494 ratings  ·  753 reviews
What first appears to be a random home invasion reveals a family's dark secrets.

A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father's second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father's new family is attacked in their house, with her father and his wife in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Doubleday Canada
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Julie
Mar 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication.
I can’t remember the last time I gave a book a one -star rating. I HATE it so much I almost can’t bear to do it.
If this book had been written by a novice, if it was a debut, or independently, or self-published without the money for all the spit and polish the big five authors have at their disposal, I probably would have fudged the rating a little.

However, Joy Fielding has been a published author since the early seventies
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Deanna
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2.5 Stars

I started reading Joy Fielding's novels in my early twenties and have never looked back. A new book is published almost every year, and I’m always excited for it to be released.

Robin Davis is a therapist in the midst of an appointment with a patient when she feels what she thinks is a panic attack coming on. It’s been over five years since she’s had one, but she knows exactly what brought it on…the recent phone call
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Kaceey
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
2.5*
Oh my! This didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. This was my introduction to Joy Fielding, who’s been on my radar for several years. I have a few of her books on my shelf, but had yet to open one and dive in. Until now. Well...maybe this just wasn’t the right one to start with.

Robin receives a phone call from her estranged sister Melanie. Their father, his new wife Tara and Tara’s daughter Cassidy were all gunned down in what looks like a home invasion. Robin quickly returns home to supp
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İntellecta
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Since the author Joy Fielding has remained faithful to her spelling,
I could guess the perpetrator very early ... If you have also read many books from her
and know her writing style.Then you know where to find the culprit.
Carrie
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding is a bit of a slow burn mystery/thriller read that was full of secrets and lies surrounding the family involved. When first introduced to the main character, Robin, readers know her past holds a lot to uncover as she begins suffering from a panic attack from merely hearing her sister’s voice after a couple of years.

When Robin gets in touch with her sister, Melanie, she gets the horrific news that her father, his wife and daughter have been shot in what looks like
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Amanda
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I haven’t read a Joy Fielding book before, so I was very excited to get this copy from netgalley in exchange for a review.

Robin a therapist is estranged from her family, but when her sister Melanie gets in contact to tell her that their dad has been shot she is forced to go home.

This is not you’re average family, dad married Robins friend Tara which was a bit twisted as she was engaged to his son Alec. Her sister Melanie is to put it politely a pain in the ass!! They say you can pick you’re fri
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Selene
3.75 stars

Robin is a thirty-three year-old psychologist and her life is uprooted when she has to return home to see her family. Feelings of anxiety and distress pick at her for the entire time she interacts with her older sister, Melanie. As if it’s not bad enough that her father’s life hangs in the balance, her relationship with her lawyer boyfriend also hangs by a thread.

I really enjoyed this author’s writing style! The complex and toxic relationships featured in this novel really made it a wo
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ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 rounded down.

First of all, thank you to Ballantine Books for sending me a review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

The Bad Daughter was my first time reading Joy Fielding and I have some mixed feelings I need to talk out. The Bad Daughter focuses on what I would call a broken family. The mom passed away from cancer, the dad is a philander who married his daughter's best friend, the brother was always put down by the dad so he runs off to San Francisco, and the two sisters just
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Louise Wilson
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her fathers second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. When her fathers new family is attacked in their house, with her father, his wife and young daughter in critical condition in hospital, she returns to await their fate and hopefully mend some fences. Is this a robbery that's went awry or something a little more sinister?

This is a well written and fast paced book. The plot line was quite intresting,
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Kendall
3 stars rounded down for me.

First off, this was my first read by Joy Fielding. I have heard wonderful things about this author and overall, I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't overly impressed.

This was a very slow burning mystery that took me awhile to get into. I definitely wouldn't put this in the thriller category. I was bummed because I figured out who the killer was fairly early in but it still was a pretty entertaining read. I was a little annoyed because I felt like the author focuses so m
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Rachel Hall
Joy Fielding isn’t known as the queen of suburban angst without a very good reason and pretty much guarantees her readers an addictive and suspenseful dose of family drama. Whilst her stories might be formulaic with a heavy dose of saccharine sweet melodrama overlaid, they are effortless page turners scattered with clues and red herrings throughout. Whilst her stories can often be anodyne and a stretch for the readers imagination they are highly compulsive reads. Having enjoyed her previous rele ...more
Shalini
I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I suppose 2018 has been this way, some very good books, some not so.

The story goes thus Robin a psychologist gets a phone call from her sister Melanie about a home invasion in which their Dad, step-mom Tara (who actually was Robin’s classmate and best friend and Robin’s brother’s ex-fiance) and her child Cassidy have been shot. She rushes home, has a lot of panic attacks, reacts in the story at the apt times, tolerates her sister Melanie’s snarky c
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
This is my second Joy Fielding book and the second that I have really enjoyed... why have I not read her books sooner!

This is a story of one dysfunctional family! Robin Davis has not spoken to her family in 6 years... ever since her father married her best friend... yep.. told you it was dysfunctional!! Then she receives a call from her sister to say that her father, her best friend Tara and her daughter Cassidy have been shot in what appears to be a home invasion and are all clinging to life.

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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Well, I think this one was a bad fit for me. I've heard such great things about this author's other books, so I do encourage readers (and I plan to do so myself) to explore some of her other work. In a prolific career, not every book will work for every reader.

Robin is a therapist who is estranged from her sister Melanie. But when Melanie starts calling her, she sets off panic attacks that Robin hasn't experienced for many years. However, Melanie called to tell her something has happened to thei
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Sherri Thacker
It started out great but about 1/2 way fell flat. I did keep reading and it did keep my interest. But I didn’t love it!
Marjorie
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarything
Robin hasn’t heard from her sister, Melanie, in years so when she received a phone message from her, she knew it couldn’t be good.  Robin gets panic attacks fairly often and the news that her estranged best friend, Tara, had been shot and killed and that Tara’s 12-year-old daughter, Cassidy, and Robin’s father had also been shot and were in the hospital in critical condition sends Robin into a tail spin.  Though Robin has no love for her father, she returns home.  There she tries to piece togeth ...more
Charlie
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
It's a good read but way too wordy for me. Gave it a 4 because it did read well and told a decent story. In order to give it the proper review - still a 4 rating - I need to think about what were the weak and strong points of this story besides being too wordy.
In a couple days I'll do that. I need a break.
Recent cataract surgery has slowed down my reading right now. Can't see worth a hoot.
BUMMER.
Final review.
It turns out to be a decent thriller. It is a WHO-DONE-IT thing. Lots of suspects. But
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Maureen
This book was an enjoyable read. Robin is a psychotherapist who suffers anxiety and panic attacks, and her anxiety is extreme when she receives a phone call from her sister telling her that her father, stepmother and daughter have been shot and are in critical condition in what seems to have been a home invasion. She immediately rushes home.

It soon becomes apparent it was not a home invasion and the investigation turns to the family members and acquaintances. The story moves slowly at times with
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Chloe
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Robin returns home after she gets a phone call from her estranged sister informing her that their dad , his wife Tara and her daughter Cassidy has been shot in a home invasion . Soon they realize that it was more of a personal attack and with no lack of suspects Robin and the Sheriff have their work cut out for them

A fast paced mystery with a dysfunctional family full of lies and secrets. It was easy to guess early on who the killer was but still an enjoyable read due to the compelling characte
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Sue Fernandez
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing/Ballentine for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I have read Joy Fielding for years, and I enjoy her books, so I admit I was looking forward to this one. A tough relationship between sisters (and honestly, one of them does seem like she's...well, not nice), brings them back together when their Dad, step mom and step sister are all shot. There is a really complicated messy relationship there as well. The plot was very inter ...more
Sarah
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Having read one of the authors other books and loving it, I couldn’t wait to read more. The Bad Daughter just sounded sooo good so was very much looking forward to reading it.

Admittedly to start with, I did struggle to get in to the book fully. Robin has a few issues and that’s before she finds out about her family. Her head is all over the place and it took a while to settle in but when I got settled, I couldn’t turn those pages quick enough!

Robin’s home town is one of those small ones where ev
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Liz Barnsley
I love Joy Fielding's novels but have to admit to being not so fond of this one. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy aspects of it I did, the story is pretty compelling for the most part.

I liked the family dynamics portrayed here, especially the relationship between Robin and Melanie the two sisters, plus the small town vibe was beautifully atmospheric.

The mystery element though let it down I felt. The "bad guy" was so blatantly obvious from so early on that it just irritated me that the other cha
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Maureen
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
At the end of last year I read ‘She’s Not There’ by Joy Fielding. I really enjoyed that book, so when I was asked to review ‘The Bad Daughter’ I immediately said yes. And when I read the book description, I was really excited to start reading as soon as possible.

In ‘The Bad Daughter’ we meet Robin Davis. Robin is a therapist who seems to have her life on track, but when her sister calls who she hasn’t talked to in years, memories of her past come fast. And soon Robin is having panic attacks. Wh
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Jean
The Bad Daughter is my first book by Joy Fielding. It was a simple read and I enjoyed it.

A hostile relationship with her sister, Melanie and a complicated past with her father and his second wife, has kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father's family is attacked in their house, with her father, his wife, and young daughter in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home to await their fate and hopefully mend fences. But what was first considered a home in
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Cynthia
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I have been reading Joy Fielding's books for many, many years and have all of her older books on my book shelf. I really enjoyed her earlier books more than the later ones. THE BAD DAUGHTER had some suspenseful moments, the plot was somewhat interesting and there were surprises, however, there was a lot of rehashing which led to my kind of plodding along, waiting for something else to happen. I recommend her earlier novels. ...more
Samantha
Gosh, what an unsettling book! I honestly can’t tell you if I enjoyed it or not. It left me feeling some what uncomfortable.

A break in occurs in a small sleepy American town and an entire family are shot. The family of the attacked all rally round in an effort to help solve this unspeakable crime. However, it seems each family member has their own secrets to hide.

It was an interesting thriller but I found all the characters a little ‘drab’. I didn’t like any one of them and found they all had
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Melody McNamara
Rounded up to 3.5 stars. I've been a fan of Joy Fielding since the early 90's, although I haven't always loved her more recent books. This one was pretty good, though. A bit slow and repetitive in the middle, but the last half picked up and I admit to being surprised by the ending. Overall, a good and enjoyable read. ...more
Lori Peixoto
I wanted to love this book. I’m giving it 3 stars, but it might be a generous rating. I had predicted the outcome, sort of. It was just a little far-fetched. I didn’t love it.
Chris
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s see, who is the bad daughter? There are three of them. Two daughters and one stepdaughter.

Robin, the therapist, living in Los Angeles, who has panic attacks and is engaged to Blake. Robin has not been back home in years and is estranged from her snarky sister, Melanie. She loves her brother, Alec, but he can be rude and snarky just like Melanie. He ran away to San Francisco as he was in love with Tara (below) before she went and married their widowed father.

Melanie is a real witch. Smart
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Debbie
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another mesmerizing suspense by Joy Fielding. I have read several of her books and have never been disappointed. The same goes for this one.

There are so many suspects and I fell for all the traps.

A great read that kept me guessing until the end.

Thanks to Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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