The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding

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 in their house, with her father, his wife, and young daughter in critical co...

Details The Bad Daughter

TitleThe Bad Daughter
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Bad Daughter

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Selene
    3.75 starsRobin 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 ...
  • 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. The Bad Daughter was my first time reading Joy Fielding and I have some mixed feelings I need to talk out. The Bad Daughter 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 s...
  • 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 fas...
  • Rachel Hall
    Joy Fielding isn’t known as the queen of suburban angst without a very good reason and pretty much guarantees her readers an addictive and suspenseful dose of family drama. Whilst her stories might be formulaic with a heavy dose of saccharine sweet melodrama overlaid, they are effortless page turners scattered with clues and red herrings throughout. Whilst her stories can often be anodyne and a stretch for the readers imagination they are highl...
  • Anne Goldschrift
    Nachdem ich festgestellt habe, dass es kein Thriller ist, wie ich irrtümlicherweise angenommen habe, muss ich jetzt ein bisschen netter sein. Aber dennoch gebe ich dem Buch nur 3 Sterne, denn ob Thriller oder nicht, zog es sich waaahnsinnig und hätte mich in geruckter Form (und nicht als Hörbuch) wahrscheinlich kaum zum Lesen motivieren können. Und auch das Ende war ebenso vorhersehbar wie absurd. Joy Fielding und ich passen vielleicht einfac...
  • 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 herand know her writing style.Then you know where to find the culprit.
  • Shalini
    I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I suppose 2018 has been this way, some very good books, some not so.The story goes thus Robin a psychologist gets a phone call from her sister Melanie about a home invasion in which their Dad, step-mom Tara (who actually was Robin’s classmate and best friend and Robin’s brother’s ex-fiance) and her child Cassidy have been shot. She rushes home, has a lot of panic attacks, reacts in the story a...
  • Kendall
    3 stars rounded down for me.First off, this was my first read by Joy Fielding. I have heard wonderful things about this author and overall, I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't overly impressed.This was a very slow burning mystery that took me awhile to get into. I definitely wouldn't put this in the thriller category. I was bummed because I figured out who the killer was fairly early in but it still was a pretty entertaining read. I was a little a...
  • Mandy White
    This is my second Joy Fielding book and the second that I have really enjoyed... why have I not read her books sooner! This is a story of one dysfunctional family! Robin Davis has not spoken to her family in 6 years... ever since her father married her best friend... yep.. told you it was dysfunctional!! Then she receives a call from her sister to say that her father, her best friend Tara and her daughter Cassidy have been shot in what appears to...
  • Marjorie
    Robin hasn’t heard from her sister, Melanie, in years so when she received a phone message from her, she knew it couldn’t be good.  Robin gets panic attacks fairly often and the news that her estranged best friend, Tara, had been shot and killed and that Tara’s 12-year-old daughter, Cassidy, and Robin’s father had also been shot and were in the hospital in critical condition sends Robin into a tail spin.  Though Robin has no love for he...
  • Chloe
    Robin returns home after she gets a phone call from her estranged sister informing her that their dad , his wife Tara and her daughter Cassidy has been shot in a home invasion . Soon they realize that it was more of a personal attack and with no lack of suspects Robin and the Sheriff have their work cut out for them A fast paced mystery with a dysfunctional family full of lies and secrets. It was easy to guess early on who the killer was but stil...
  • Sherri Thacker
    It started out great but about 1/2 way fell flat. I did keep reading and it did keep my interest. But I didn’t love it!
  • Maureen
    This book was an enjoyable read. Robin is a psychotherapist who suffers anxiety and panic attacks, and her anxiety is extreme when she receives a phone call from her sister telling her that her father, stepmother and daughter have been shot and are in critical condition in what seems to have been a home invasion. She immediately rushes home.It soon becomes apparent it was not a home invasion and the investigation turns to the family members and a...
  • beloved books by Tine
    wieder mal der Hammer und eine Freude das Werk zu lesen. es hat mich nicht mehr losgelassen. bis zum SchlussMeine Rezension:
  • Sarah
    Having read one of the authors other books and loving it, I couldn’t wait to read more. The Bad Daughter just sounded sooo good so was very much looking forward to reading it.Admittedly to start with, I did struggle to get in to the book fully. Robin has a few issues and that’s before she finds out about her family. Her head is all over the place and it took a while to settle in but when I got settled, I couldn’t turn those pages quick enou...
  • Sue Fernandez
    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing/Ballentine for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I have read Joy Fielding for years, and I enjoy her books, so I admit I was looking forward to this one. A tough relationship between sisters (and honestly, one of them does seem like she's...well, not nice), brings them back together when their Dad, step mom and step sister are all shot. There is a really complicated messy r...
  • Charlie
    It's a good read but way too wordy for me. Gave it a 4 because it did read well and told a decent story. In order to give it the proper review - still a 4 rating - I need to think about what were the weak and strong points of this story besides being too wordy.In a couple days I'll do that. I need a break. Recent cataract surgery has slowed down my reading right now. Can't see worth a hoot.BUMMER.Final review. It turns out to be a decent thriller...
  • Maureen
    At the end of last year I read ‘She’s Not There’ by Joy Fielding. I really enjoyed that book, so when I was asked to review ‘The Bad Daughter’ I immediately said yes. And when I read the book description, I was really excited to start reading as soon as possible. In ‘The Bad Daughter’ we meet Robin Davis. Robin is a therapist who seems to have her life on track, but when her sister calls who she hasn’t talked to in years, memories...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I love Joy Fielding's novels but have to admit to being not so fond of this one. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy aspects of it I did, the story is pretty compelling for the most part.I liked the family dynamics portrayed here, especially the relationship between Robin and Melanie the two sisters, plus the small town vibe was beautifully atmospheric.The mystery element though let it down I felt. The "bad guy" was so blatantly obvious from so ear...
  • Jean
    The Bad Daughter is my first book by Joy Fielding. It was a simple read and I enjoyed it. A hostile relationship with her sister, Melanie and a complicated past with her father and his second wife, has kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father's family is attacked in their house, with her father, his wife, and young daughter in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home to await their fate and hopefully me...
  • Joanne Robertson
    I have become a big Joy Fielding fan over the last year or so (I know I’m a bit late to the party but I got there in the end!) And its only a few weeks ago that I finished The fabulous She’s Not There so I was thrilled to get an early netgalley copy of her next book The Bad Daughter. I have to admit to not loving it as much as She’s Not There but that’s probably because I’ve now read so many of this author’s books now that I was able ...
  • Debbie
    This was another mesmerizing suspense by Joy Fielding. I have read several of her books and have never been disappointed. The same goes for this one.There are so many suspects and I fell for all the traps.A great read that kept me guessing until the end.Thanks to Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • Sue
    The Bad Daughter is my first book by Joy Fielding and I enjoyed it so much that I plan to order some of her earlier books. It was a real page turner with great characters and a suspenseful story line.The main character is Robin, a psychologist who has been estranged from her family for many years since the death of her mother. She left home when her father, a real womanizer during his marriage, marries her best friend. So her estranged family con...
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Random House for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!THE BAD DAUGHTER was my introduction to Joy Fielding. I've heard nothing but great things about her writing and past books, so I was ready to start! This one was a slower burn than I was expecting, so definitely know that going into it. The synopsis makes it sound really intense but I'd consider more of a slower suspense novel.Robin is complicated character that I can s...
  • Julie Lacey
    This book is full to the brim with family secrets and I enjoyed trying to work out who the killer’s were. Robin receives a phone call from her sister to say their father has been shot along with his new wife and daughter in what seems to be a break-in gone wrong. Robin knows she should return home but she hasn’t seen any of her family for over five years. Her relationship with her sister Melanie is extremely strained and I really don’t know...
  • Melissa Borsey
    Joy Fielding has taken the concept of a dysfunctional family to a whole other level! I loved this book from beginning to end! Once you think you have it all figured out you are hit with more surprises. Highly recommend! I thank Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
  • Linda
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, who I am always indebted to for so many wonderful books to read and review.I’ve been a fan of Joy Fielding since the very first book I picked up on vacation many years ago. All of her books before this one I have read in paperback. This is a first ebook but it’s by far a good one.What could have happened on the night that Robin’s dad, best friend and stepsister were brutally shot and left for d...
  • Sarah
    My brain was telling me one thing but my heart was saying no!!! This is a great read and if you love a mystery you will love this one 😊