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The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner
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Mar 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: thriller-suspense
Read in September, 2004

In 1977 a man named Russell Lee Holmes was put to death for murdering six young children. It was believed that Russell was single and had no children. The day he was to die, he admits to a local reporter that he also killed 4-year old Meagan Stokes five years earlier.

On the same night he is put to death, a
9-year old child is found drugged and abandoned at a Boston hospital by none other than Dr. Harper Stokes, Meagan's father. The Stokes adopt the abandoned girl (Melanie) and for twenty years their life is perfect.

Now 20 years later, Melanie receives a disturbing phone call from a sleazy tabloid reporter claiming SHE is Russell Lee Holmes's child - the same man who was put to death in 1977.

A cover-up and conspiracy is unearthed and Melanie turns to FBI Agent David Riggs for help. Did Russell Lee Holmes kill Meagan Stokes 25 years ago? If not, then who did? What happened to little Meagan and who were Melanie's birth parents?

This suspenseful thriller kept me glued until the very last page. Just when I thought I'd figured everything out, the author throws another curve ball that squashed my theory!

Excellent story!


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