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 Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews The Bad Daughter

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 😊
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'Melanie was calling for a reason, and whatever that reason was, it wasn’t good. The sisters had barely exchanged two words since their mother died, and none at all since Robin had left Red Bluff for good after their father’s hasty remarriage.'The news isn’t good, Robin’s father, his wife and her young step-sister have been in a horrific attack during a home invasion. Despite her years as...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    As most of you know, most of the adult books I read are psychological thrillers. This was a fun entry. We focus on the main character, who is a psychologist who has her own anxiety to deal with. Her best friend growing up married the MC's father, which led to a falling out, but she's called back home when her father, her best friend and their daughter are shot in a horrific incident. She realizes there is a lot more to what is going on than she t...
  • Ann
    the title sort of gives away the plot in this book but there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Robin is called home by her sister Melanie when their father, step-mother and step sister are killed in what police believe a home invasion. When the police arrest their brother, Alec and Melanie's son Landon the girls are in a panic. Soon little things begin to add up for Robin and she asks the sheriff to help her unmask the real killer...
  • Jessica
    Won in the First Reads giveaways.I somehow won two copies of this book, with different ISBNs and publishers. This review is for the 9780399181528 book from Ballantine.A fun and compelling and predictable read. Loved the relationship between the siblings. Was not too fond of how Cassidy was portrayed. From the moment she was introduced she just screamed (view spoiler)[psychopath who conspired with her older boyfriend to kill her parents (which hap...
  • Marsha
    I am a long-time fan of the author and I always look forward to reading her books! This book has good characters. It is a quick read and has lots of twists and turns throughout. I did not see the end coming! I recommend this book!
  • Stephanie
    With all the crap going on in the world, I have been ready for some good fun escapist entertainment. Hoping for something to take over my brain for a few hours, I began reading Joy Fielding’s The Bad Daughter (thanks to Random House-Ballantine and NetGalley who provided a copy in return for my honest review).Right off, I loved the vulnerability of the protagonist, Robin, who at the very beginning of the story starst to have a panic attack when ...
  • Alla
    “The Bad Daughter” by Joy Fielding follows Robin, a therapist in her early thirties, as she finds out from her estranged sister Melanie that there’s been a home invasion and her family was shot, causing her to race back to her hometown to figure out what happened and why. Granted, Robin’s family isn’t an ordinary one. Her sister Melanie is a bitter single mother of an autistic teenage son, Landon. The two sisters also have a brother, Al...
  • Jo Dervan
    Robin was a successful therapist is Los Angeles who was estranged from her older sister, Melanie and her father. She had no had much contact with them after she left for college and then her mother died. However when her father married Robin’s best friend Tara, who had been engaged to her brother Alec, a few months after her Mom’s funeral, Robin cut off contact with everyone in the family but her brother, Alec. So when Robin got a voice mail ...
  • Heather
    Joy Fielding still has the knack for writing thrillers that keep me in suspense from beginning to end. I’ve been reading her books since 2003 and they just keep getting better and better.In this one, Robin, a fledgling therapist, receives a text message from her sister, a sister that redefines the words mean and sarcastic. When she responds, Robin finds out her father (also someone she’s not fond of), his wife (who used to be Robin’s best f...
  • Jenny Buchta
    Thanks, Netgalley, for the advanced copy. Below is my review:A few initial thoughts... As a middle school teacher (11-13 years), no middle school girl calls her parents “mommy” or “daddy.” Perhaps the names were a part of Cassidy’s “act?” But regardless, it was not realistic and made me suspicious of her, along with the “I only wear thongs” comment. Ew. Robin’s “panic disorder” was an eye roll-inducing character trait for ...
  • Lee
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. Sisters Robin and Melanie have never gotten along while they were growing up and have not kept in contact in their young adult life. Robin is a psychologist in LA living with her lawyer boyfriend, Blake. Melanie is a single mom raising her adult autistic son, Landon. Robin gets a call from her sister that their father, his wife Tara and Tara's daughter had been shot with Tara being killed. Tara ...
  • Bambi Rathman
    This was a bad time of year to read a book that was hard to put down. LOL I would have to stop reading so I could go and do things and couldn't wait to get back to read more. The story was enthralling the whole way through from beginning to end. I was trying to figure out who was the "bad daughter". Melanie, whose name is Meanie when the L is removed....from the story, seemed really bad. Robin, the main character sure had her own hang ups and mad...
  • Pattyh
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The Bad Daughter. Joy Fielding is one of the best general fiction authors. Her story lines are complicated without being over complicating.....A woman, Robin, who is not close to her family is drawn back due to a home invasion. Robin is immediaty concerned and tries to get along with her sister and her father's new family. But things are not what they seem and Robin and her family may be hiding t...
  • Mama K
    Fielding snd i have had an over-30-year relationship. Like any long-term relationship, we've had our ups and downs. This book was just okay. Typical Fielding plot arc, usual cast of characters. I saw the ending coming by chapter 6.Still, it was a quick fun read, watching the plot unfold. Fans of Fielding, or if fast paced, not-too-complicated plots, will appreciate this. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Chasidy Kaye Jones
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC!Suspesful, keeps you guessing. I didn't figure out who did it until the author wanted me to figure it out. Well, I did figure out one of them but not the other.The main character does seem like a wimp and let's everyone run over her most of the way thru the book but finally grows a pair about three quarters of the way toward the end. One very dysfunctional family. I would give this book 3 & 1/2 stars but it only let...
  • Jill
    I love Joy Fielding's books. She keeps you guessing the entire time. The females in this book have very strong and different personalities and clash quite often. Melanie was so snarky that it was annoying at some points, but Robin finally started to dig her heels in and stand up to her, which I liked. Without giving anything away, the end really got me.
  • Jackie Wisherd
    The story about an LA therapist...Robin...called back home to Red Bluff by older sister Melanie because their father, their young stepmother and her daughter had been shot in a supposed home invasion was one of suspense and surprises. Their were characters I really liked and some I didn’t.The book held my interest and was an easy read.
  • Mary
    This was a fabulous book. It’s about a woman And her dysfunctional family. When her father, his wife and their daughter are attacked in their home, she’s forced to return home and try to figure out what has happened.
  • Myrna Gottlieb
    I won an advanced copy of The Bad Daughter by joy Fielding from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. The book was a page turner, and I enjoyed it, especially the twist at the end. I will provide more detail later when I have time
  • Tony
    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you!
  • Sydney
    2.5 stars. I am somewhat ambivalent about this book. There were several things I liked about this book and several that I really didn't. I figured out the mystery very early on, and spent the rest of the book becoming more and more sure of my conclusion until the end came around and, yep, I was right. I don't want to say too much about the book, because it's hard to say anything without given away spoilers.