The Other Daughter: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.”
Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all - even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter. As Melanie pursues every lead and chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of truth.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 48 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||December 18, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,403 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#77 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#114 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#268 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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But still, I did enjoy reading it and kept at it until I found out how it finally ended!
Plot twists that I did not see coming & just when I thought I had everything figured out, another "gotcha"!
Ms Gardner is a master storyteller who draws me in from the first chapter. Kudos!
This novel had so many plot twists that it was difficult to put down!
Fast forward twenty years - the adopted girl, named Melanie by her new parents, is now a successful event organizer for Boston's rich and famous. A graduate of Wellesley, she has what appears to be a wonderful life with a perfect family. Then she is contacted by a sleazy reporter from Texas who has been investigating her past. Recurring nightmares that she has not had for years begin again. She discovers a macabre shrine set-up in her bedroom along with a note, "You Get What You Deserve." Melanie's life begins to unravel as she discovers things about her parents, her brother and her godfather that turn the truths of her past twenty years into terrible lies. She begins a desperate search for her real identity with the help of love interest, FBI agent David Riggs, and slowly begins to discover that the family members she loves and trusts may be the people she should fear the most.
Lisa Gardner has written another gripping mystery that will keep you turning pages long into the night. This is a dark, scary thriller - so be prepared!
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A man is put to death for killing six children, whilst a nine year old girl is left in ER who doesn't know who she is, twenty years later we are now thrown into the heart of a family about to fall apart, but how is everything linked together? Not the way I was expecting.
They are slowly turning on each other, suspecting each other for things they may or may not have done and the twists and turns keep coming until the end. When you think you know who the girl in ER was and is , she might not be, what has the family done? It will shock you what they did and who.
Very well plotted and fast paced. Great characters and a good telling of the pain of each character bringing some sort of understanding to their actions.
Melanie Stokes has known she was adopted by her family at the age of nine, although she has no recollection of her first nine years of life. She also knows that her family lost their daughter Meagan to a brutal murder. But twenty five years later, Melanie is given a bombshell that makes her doubt where she came from and the people she calls family. It has so many twists - some of which you really can't see coming - and it is easy to get caught up and not wish to put it down. When I had to put the book down I could not wait until the next opportunity to pick it up.
An excellent read and I shall be looking out for more of the author's works.
It rolls along at a rapid rate, and I didn't want to put it down. It has that great thing going where you're trying to second guess the twists as you read, and it's not so stupid or convoluted that you could do so!
The not so good:
It's all a bit unlikely, with a suspension of belief needed. Gaps in the plot are overlooked, and actually having finished it I don't especially feel like I know any of the leading characters.
So, in summary, if you get it cheaply, and are happy to go with the flow (think Stephen Seagal movies for example) for a bit of pure entertainment, then buy it. Otherwise there are probably better things out there.