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The Other Daughter Paperback – July 6, 1999
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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From Publishers Weekly
In her newest, Gardner (The Perfect Husband) indulges her fascination with the dark side of family life, where the ties that bind also gag, choke and strangle. Professional event planner Melanie Stokes does not suspect that the death of a serial killer in a Texas electric chair 20 years before could have any relevance to her neatly ordered existence. But as it becomes clear that the life she's known (as the adopted daughter of Boston cardiologist Harper Stokes and his trophy wife, Patricia) is based on ugly secrets and bloody lies, her world unravels. With the help of FBI Agent David Riggs, who makes up for his lack of physical agilityAthe result of ankylosing spondylitis (bad back problems)Awith finely honed reflexes, street smarts and pure sex appeal, Melanie unearths what an intricately planned 25-year-old cover-up can't hide: the gruesome truth about her parentage. Once again, Gardner serves up suspense at a furious pace. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Just when you thought Lisa Gardner couldn’t get any better . . . she does.”—Lee Child
"A dark, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense."—Tami Hoag
"Readers get loads of angst, great procedural stuff, some hair-raising action scenes, and a villain to keep you awake at night. What more can any thriller reader want?"—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"Gardner delivers a streamlined bang-up addition to the oeuvre of Tami Hoag, Karen Robards, Elizabeth Lowell and, these days, even Nora Roberts."—Publishers Weekly
"Scary, gritty, terrifying. Lock the door, leave on a light."—Oakland Press
"A page-turner."—Rocky Mountain News
“[A] suspenseful, engrossing page-turner…Totally absorbing, it’s one of those books that keeps you up late, enslaved by the ‘just one more chapter’ syndrome.” —Mystery News
“Sheer terror…a great read.”–Iris Johansen“Sheer terror…a great read.”—Iris Johansen
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I personally have attended an execution in Huntsville, TX and appreciate the author's research and resultant accuracy. Lisa Gardner has always impressed me in that regard.
This is a stand-alone novel. However, if you haven't read her 6-book FBI Series, this would be a great read before FBI Book 1, The Perfect Husband.
If you figure out what's happening before the last 7/8ths of the book, you're a better sleuth than I. Definitely an enjoyable, intense read.
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!
The first third of this book was quite good, but the further I got into it, the worse it got. First of all, I figured everything out about half-way through, and I spent the rest of the book wondering if the writing was taken over by someone else. I wanted to finish it simply because I hoped it would get better. But no. I won't spoil it for anyone else who wants to read it, but really---it was just too implausible. I am usually able to suspend belief when reading fiction, but for this one I would have had to suspend intelligence.
I just read "Touch and Go" and it was another winner.
I've switched to another author until Lisa Gardner's next book comes out.