What you don't know can kill you.In Texas a serial killer is executed, taking to his grave the identity of his only child.In Boston a nine-year-old girl is abandoned in a hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple.Twenty years later, Melanie Stokes still considers herself lucky. Until...Until the terrifying visions begin.Until a has-been reporter starts investigating her past.Until the first note arrives saying YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.
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 agility--the result of ankylosing spondylitis (bad back problems)--with 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 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Kept me guessing
Posted June 23, 2011 by ALicia , Lauringburg, NCI took this book on vacation and enjoyed reading it at my leisure. At first I thought I knew how it was going to work out but then the twists and turns came. I have read several of Lisa Gardner's Books and have enjoyed them all.
2 . Loved it
Posted March 06, 2011 by Therese , MontrealLoved this strange story. What an imagination. Best I have read in a long time
3 . I love it!!
Posted January 29, 2011 by cindy , sylvan lakerThis is a very good book. I couldn't put it down and it kept you guessing!!
4 . Won't read this author again
Posted August 14, 2010 by Roz , Burlington, On.The premise started off okay, but I found myself really unengaged with the characters. I did stick with it to the end, but found the characters' immaturity and endless ruminating on their dull lives to be annoying and finally alienating. The ending was a letdown and the promising start ended with no where semi-logical to go. Not my cup of tea obviously.
5 . sooo good!
Posted May 11, 2010 by ally , saskatoonI loved this book! It was so good and kept you guessing until the very end. I love Lisa Gardner and everytime i read another book of hers im never disappointed. If you loved a book of Lisa Gardners you will diffenally like this one.
6 . My favorite one of ALL
Posted December 27, 2009 by Jyl , Montpelier, OhioThis is the best one! I really like all of Lisa Gardner but this one by far is my favorite. I love a book that constantly keeps me guessing - this one does that!
September 28, 2004
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Excerpt from The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner
Twenty years later
SHE WAS LATE, she was late, oh, God, she was so late!
Melanie Stokes came bounding up the stairs, then made the hard left turn down the hall, her long blond hair whipping around her face. Twenty minutes and counting. She hadn't even thought about what she was going to wear. Damn.
She tore into her room with her sweatshirt half pulled over her head. A strategic kick sent the heavy mahogany door slamming shut behind her as she shed the first layer of clothes. She toed off her tennis shoes and sent them sailing beneath the pine bureau that swallowed nearly a quarter of her bedroom. A lot of things came to rest beneath the battered dresser. One of these days she meant to clean it out. But not tonight.
Melanie hastily shimmied out of her ripped-up jeans, tossed her T-shirt onto the sleigh bed, and hurried to the closet. The wide plank floorboards felt cool against her toes, making her do a little cha-cha-cha along the way.
"Come on," she muttered, ripping back the silk curtain. "Ten years of compulsive shopping crammed into one five-by-five space. How hard can it be to locate a cocktail dress "
To judge by the mess, pretty hard. Melanie grimaced, then waded in fatalistically. Somewhere in there were a few decent dresses.
At the age of twenty-nine, Melanie Stokes was petite, capable, and a born diplomat. She'd been abandoned as a child at City General Hospital with no memory of where she came from, but that had been a long time ago and she didn't think of those days much. She had an adoptive father whom she respected, an adoptive mother whom she loved, an older brother whom she worshiped, and an indulgent godfather whom she adored. Until recently she had considered her family to be very close. They were not just another rich family, they were a tight-knit family. She kept telling herself they would be like that again soon.
Melanie had graduated from Wellesley six years earlier with her family serving as an enthusiastic cheering section. She'd returned home right afterward to help her mother through one of her "spells," and somehow it had seemed easiest for everyone if she stayed. Now she was a professional event organizer. Mostly she did charity functions. Huge black-tie affairs that made the social elite feel social and elite while simultaneously milking them for significant sums of money. Lots of details, lots of planning, lots of work. Melanie always pulled them off. Seamless, social columnists liked to rave about the events, relaxed yet elegant. Not to mention profitable.