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Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.”

Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all - even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter. As Melanie pursues every lead and chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of truth.

©1999 Lisa Baumgartner (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-20-18

Published 20 years ago now available in audio

THE OTHER DAUGHTER is a relatively early Lisa Gardner novel finally available in audio. The novel is not part of a series but Pierce Quincy (protagonist of Gardner's FBI profiler series) makes a brief appearance. This novel has an excellent plot but the twists near then end are too easy to foresee. Narrator Brittany Pressley is known mostly for romance novels but is building up a great portfolio of mystery novels being selected by David Baldacci, Mary Burton, Mike Omer, and Lisa Gardner to narrate their recent releases. Pressley is a superb narrator.

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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 12-22-18

Loving this narrator!

This story was insane! It was incredibly deep and the characters... well they just toss out lies here and there like candy during a parade!! There is a few characters but the narrator, Brittany Pressley is the BEST!! She can do male and female, Irish and child... she has an arsenal of tricks in her voice box! Loved it!!

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Buy me!!!

I don’t write book reviews very often, but, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced with a thrilling storyline. Take a chance on this book. You won’t regret tit, I am very picky, and I loved it! Go for it!

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Not up to Lisa's usual standards

The story felt rushed, it didn't unfold like her other stories. It had her usual plot twist which I look forward to.

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  • PAM ONEIL
  • Las Vegas, NV United States
  • 12-30-18

What a awesome story

Loved it, another home run for Lisa Gardner, I hope to see more from this family.

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An addictive story you will not want to end.

SUMMARY

The Other Daughter was published over 20 years ago, but was only now released in audio. Melanie Stokes was nine years old when she was abandoned in a Boston hospital with a narcotic overdose. She was subsequently adopted by a young wealthy couple, who had earlier suffered the tragic loss of their four year old daughter. Melanie’s grew up knowing she was loved by her parents, her older brother, and her favorite uncle. She has no memory of her life before the adoption, but now at age 29, someone wants her to remember. One night she received a threatening message: “you get what you deserve.” As she struggles to figure out who she really is, danger is lurking around every corner.

“The truth did not always set you free. sometimes it bound you to dark, bloody deeds and costs you the people you love.”


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The Other Daughter was the winner of the 1999 Reviewer’s Choice Award and winner of the 2000 Daphne’s Du Maurier Award for suspense. And I now know why it is being republished in audio. It’s a mystery full of twists that will have you holding your breath till the end. The writing was fluid and listening to the story was addictive. Lisa Gardner’s character development was robust and narrator Brittany Presley did a fabulous job with the various voices. My favorite part was the tension created by Melanie’s amnesia of her life before being abandoned in the hospital, and I really loved the David Riggs character, he was so full of feelings, emotions and strength.

“A parent’s approval always mattered, regardless of age.”

Publisher Brilliance Audio
Published December 2018
Narrated Brittany Presley




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A True Thriller

This is a freight train thriller with all the elements necessary to keep you fascinated

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Ugh

Didn't finish it.... Way too sappy. Very corny. I am disappointed because the summary sounded good.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 01-17-19

Hmmm. Kind of anti-climactic and odd.

So this story was a bit odd. It started out good and was engaging, However, it started getting a bit crazy and then the ending was eye rolling, to say the least.

This was my first Lisa Gardner book. Not sure if I will read her again, since the ending of this book was just kind of ridiculous.

I don't want to leave any spoilers here but, Really???!!!???!!!? How was this mystery development even thought to be good?

As for the narration that is what kept me going 100% It was fantastic! Brittnay Pressley is an absolute amazing narrator! I love listening to her. The men sound like men, everyone gets their own distinct voice and and she has a great reading voice!

Bottom line the narration is the best part of this book!

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The other daughter a

I really enjoyed most of this but found it a bit confusing at times. I think it could have done a better job separating the characters but it did come together at the end. A lot of time backtracking which is frustrating.