The Bad Daughter

The Bad Daughter

What first appears to be a random home invasion reveals a family's dark secrets in this domestic ticking-clock suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run.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 i...

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Title:The Bad Daughter
Author:Joy Fielding
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The Bad Daughter Reviews

  • Louise Wilson

    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,

    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, but I guessed where this one was going early on. The characters, some are likeable, others not so likeable, all seemed realistic to me. A dysfunctional family mystery that won't keep you guessing but don't let that put you off reading this book.

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and the author Joy Fielding for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amanda

    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

    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 friends but not you’re family and in this case they are right. Boy what a dysfunctional family they are, they make the Adams family seem normal!!

    The attack in their home of the dad, his wife Tara and step daughter Cassidy looks like a random robbery gone wrong

    Throughout this book I thought I knew who the guilty party was, then I would change my mind a few pages later. I’m so pleased that the most obvious culprit didn’t do it as this would have made it a very predictable read!!!

  • İntellecta

    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.

  • Selene

    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

    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 worthwhile read! The narrator was down to earth and a bit melodramatic at times, but Robin was relatable and likable. There weren’t any big twists/ reveals in this story (it became crystal clear who the villain was before the final explanation) but the overall journey to the truth was a satisfying one.

    *

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐💫 rounded down.

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

    was my first time reading

    and I have some mixed feelings I need to talk out.

    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 ca

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 rounded down.

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

    was my first time reading

    and I have some mixed feelings I need to talk out.

    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 can NOT get along. But when the main character (Robin) hears her dad and his new family are in the hospital she goes home and ends up dealing with a bunch of past issues, plus dealing with the search for who put her father, his new wife, and his wife's child in the hospital. Nothing is as it seems, and suspicion is thrown on almost everyone in this book. Including an autistic teenager which may or may not bother some people.

    Even though the premise of the book sounded intense, a lot of this book moved pretty slowly in my opinion. This book is really more of a mystery than a thriller. There was a little bit of suspense, but most of the book was Robin and her sister arguing and dealing with past issues between themselves. I was so irritated with Robin as a main character. She and her sister Melaine have never really liked each other, and have quite the turbulent relationship throughout the book. The biggest issue I had with Robin is that she just couldn't stand up to her sister. Melanie would say incredibly rude things to her and Robin literally seemed to have no backbone, and ended up having panic attacks instead of standing up for herself properly.

    The ending was something else though. I was almost done with the book and still had absolutely no clue "whodunnit" so that is definitely saying something. I guess it might be easy for some people to figure out, but I didn't see it coming at all.

    Final Thought:

    is not a bad book, not by any means. But between the slowness and my irritation with Robin this was only a 3.5 star read for me. The book left me wanting more than what I got, which is always hard for me. I would still recommend for lovers of a good mystery and people who enjoy reading about dysfunctional families. Just don't go into this book expecting a fast-paced mystery/thriller.

    *This title was published on 27 Feb 2018*

  • Carrie

    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

    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 a home invasion. All are clinging onto life at the hospital pushing Robin to return home to Red Bluff, California where she confronts her past to unravel the events of the present.

    Now for anyone who follows my reviews one would think that my mid range rating for this one probably came from the slow pace/lack of action but for this one that wasn’t the case. I struggled with deciding how exactly to rate this book as it actually did a great job of holding my attention as I learned all about the family and what had happened that night.

    However, as easy as this one was to become engrossed in while reading it also contained something that really for lack of a better way to put it just completely ticked me off. Possibly a mild spoiler but the author had included an autistic character within the story which had me thinking yay for the reality of today’s society where autism is prevalent. But then this was basically used as an excuse to throw suspicion of the character. Of course pretty much every character in a read like this is suspicious but it couldn’t help but grate at my nerves that nothing other than being withdrawn made that character questionable in the characters eyes.

    In the end I also thought that the mystery of who had shot the family wasn’t really one that was too terribly hard to solve either but it may come as a shock to some. So while this held my attention rather well to keep the pages turning the things I came across lowered my rating of course.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    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

    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 support her family and find the animal responsible for these horrendous murders. Was it a simple robbery? Or was it so much more personal than that?

    Told from Robin’s POV, she has her own inner dialogue throughout. Normally I love this in a book. It adds to the character’s depth and is typically done with a sense of humor that gives me some chuckles while I read. But for me, that formula just didn’t work at all. It added nothing to Robin’s character or the storyline. In fact, I just started to find it somewhat annoying.

    On the positive side the storyline had a few great twists that surprised me along the way. (which is always good!)

    I hope if you give this one a try, you’ll enjoy it…this just wasn’t the best fit for me. It was just…ok.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, and Joy Fielding for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • 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

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    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 calls from her sister, Melanie.

    Robin’s relationship with her sister Melanie has been contentious since Robin was born. Once Melanie had to share their mother’s attention…she was vicious with Robin. As they got older, Robin hoped it would get better, but if anything, it got worse. Robin hasn’t even returned Melanie’s calls yet…but she instinctively knows that it can’t be good. Melanie would never call with GOOD news.

    Robin hasn’t communicated with her family for almost six years….

    So why is Melanie calling now?

    She finally calls her sister back. Melanie tells her she’d better sit down. She proceeds to tell Robin that their father, his wife, Tara, and his twelve-year-old step-daughter, Cassidy….have all been attacked in an apparent home invasion. All three are in critical condition.

    Robin knows she needs to go home to Red Bluff. She encourages her brother, Alec to come home too but he has his own reasons for wanting to stay away. With all of the secrets in the family and the rumors swirling around, Robin doesn’t know who she can trust.

    Was this really a random robbery that went wrong or something much more sinister?

    Wow! This family was the definition of dysfunctional. While I felt for Robin, I really wanted her to stand up for herself. I also had a hard time with the constant snippy remarks from Melanie to….well everyone, but especially Robin. It started to grate on me and it was hard to focus on the story at times.

    Although this definitely isn't my favorite Joy Fielding novel, it was a quick and easy read that I flew through in just a few sittings. I did figure out who was responsible for the crime early on and did have to suspend disbelief quite a bit. However, I really wanted to see how things played out and I am still happy that I read it. I'm hoping that I will enjoy this author's next book as much as I have enjoyed her previous novels.

    I'd like to thank, Ballantine Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Julie

    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

    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. She has over twenty-five novels under her belt, making her a seasoned professional and a veteran author. Back in the nineties, the bulk of my reading material fell into the romantic suspense category and while JF may not have been on my top five list, I did read a fair amount of her novels. Which is why I know she is capable of doing much better than this.

    Although I have been explaining to first time readers of JF, this book is NOT the best representation of her work, my husband and I had an interesting conversation about my disappointment with this book, as well as with several other recent releases by those ‘go-to’ authors I used to read so religiously back in the day. I wondered out loud which one of us had changed- me or them?

    My husband’s theory is that maybe my memory is faulty. Perhaps those books written back in the seventies, eighties and nineties weren’t as good as I remembered. That’s an interesting point, so I may use that as an excuse to go back and re-read a few older titles to put his theory to the test. Part of me hopes he’s right because I hate to think these authors are phoning in, not putting in the same effort, or not writing to their full potential.

    I have also mused over the rapid changes in writing styles and trends and wonder if that old school formula stands the test of time. I’m slow to accept and adapt to change and so maybe these veteran authors are struggling to keep up, believing it might be better to ‘dance with the one who brought you’ choosing to stick with the style they know, hoping their long -time fans will remain loyal.

    But, I would rather not think any of that, and would prefer to just chalk this one up as a one off and believe with all my heart that JF will be back, better than ever, with her next endeavor.

    Regardless, I can’t in good conscience recommend this book even to her most devout and devoted fans no matter how supportive or loyal you want to be. I also don’t want this book to be the first impression a reader has of this author. So, I’m recommending you give this one a pass. Try one of her older books or wait for her next one and go from there.

    1 star

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