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Lisa Gardner
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4 Mar 2010
A nine-year-old girl is abandoned, unconscious in a hospital ER. When she comes round, she remembers nothing about herself or her past. The girl is adopted and raised as Melanie by Dr Harper Stokes and his wife, whose own daughter Meagan was tragically murdered. Twenty years later, a reporter starts investigating Melanie's true parentage and an FBI agent becomes involved in the tangled mystery of her past. And when grotesque messages and gifts start arriving, Melanie begins to fear that the family she loves the most may be the very people she should trust the least...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409117464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117469
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New Hampshire.

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A man who has been executed for multiple murder... a girl who knows nothing of her past... and the horrifying connection between them. A terrifying thriller from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of SAY GOODBYE.

From the Author

A Note from Lisa Gardner
I hope everyone enjoys my new release, THE OTHER DAUGHTER. This is my second novel, following the January 1998 release of THE PERFECT HUSBAND. Fans of TPH will be thrilled to know that Special Agent Pierce Quincy also appears in this book.

TOD follows the story of Melanie Stokes, a rich, adopted daughter who believes she has it all--a wonderful adoptive family, an exciting career, and a luxurious lifestyle in downtown Boston. But Melanie wasn't always so fortunate. At the age of nine, she was drugged and abandoned at a Boston hospital with no memory of her real family or name. Now, twenty years later, her past remains a blank slate.

Melanie's family, Patricia and Harper Stokes, weren't always perfect either. Once upon a time, they lived in Houston, Texas with another little girl, Meagan, and her brother Brian. Then the unthinkable occurred. Meagan was brutally murdered by the serial killer, Russell Lee Holmes. Not even witnessing the killer's execution could heal the family's wounds. Patricia took to drinking. Harper became a workaholic, and their son retreated into a bitter rage.

Until they made the decision to start over in Boston. Until they adopted an abandoned 9-year old girl and named her Melanie.

Now, everyone remarks on what a great family they are--the hard-working doctor-husband, the gorgeous doctor's wife, the successful son and the sweet adopted daughter. No one mentions Melanie's unknown famly. No one mentions poor, murdered Meagan Stokes.

Until tonight.

Now a tabloid reporter has arrived, alleging he knows Melanie's true father--none other than the notorious killer, Russell Lee Holmes. Now the notes have started to arrive--You Get What You Deserve. Now, the first shots have been fired, the first person killed, and a twenty-five year old game has begun in earnest.

Now, Melanie is beginning to fear that the family she loves the most, may be the people she should trust the least.

Join Melanie's search for the truth. And happy reading! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this book 27 July 1999
By A Customer
I had to read this book in one day. I started it Friday morning, and I did not want to leave it for our dinner reservations Friday night, so I read in the car on the way to the restaurant. Lisa Gardner is very clever. I don't know how she could think up such an engrossing and complex plot. I would definitely recommend this book. Just make sure you put aside a block of time, because you won't want to put it down.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Gardner 16 May 2006
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Having read "Alone" quite recently, I backed up a bit and picked up some other novels by the prolific Ms. Gardner, who also writes under the name "Alicia Scott"

Although similar to "Alone" in that the main female character has a hidden and troubled past, this one is not as polished as her more recent novel, with quite a few plot holes, impossible situations, and gaps that are hastily brushed over with a sentence or two. For example, we learn that one character conveniently "had the knack for bypassing various security systems" which, coming where it did in the novel, appears to be a hastily added after-thought to explain a hole.

Some clumsy dialogue, unnecessary repetition of plot points, laughable love scenes and under-developed characters detract from what could have been an above-average thriller, full of twists and surprises. An okay read, but not one you'd want to remember as your first Gardner novel.
Rated: 3.5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting read 31 Aug 2012
By Gill
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My first Lisa Gardner book and will certainly not be my last. Could not put it down. It had more twists and turns than a fairground ride . Absolutely loved it. Everyone should read this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 4 Jan 2013
By Hayley
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Brought this book as it was on offer.... couldn't put it down. Twists, turns and guessing all the way. Can't wait to read more by Lisa Gardner. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please write more, Lisa! 3 Sep 1999
By A Customer
I, too, loved this book, and have ordered The Perfect Husband (gee, too bad we can't really do that! ha!). The only thing predictable in this book was the romance between Melanie and the detective (what's his name?). Too "pattern". However, the rest of the book was fabulous - many mysteries, many twists, and super surprises. I guessed one of the surprises part way through, but had no idea if I was right, so I was very intrigued. The other surprises were so good! I, also, lost sleep while reading this book! Get back to work, Lisa. I want more books from you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel 20 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I am an avid fan of crime and thillers and I discovered this book at my local library by chance. I thought that it was too thick to read, but I had nothing to do one Sunday morning and so I started to read it. 5 hours later I completed it. It was amazing, the best book I have read in a long while. I am searching for her other book now. An unmissable read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 13 Oct 2004
By "hifsa"
I was keen to read this after reading survivors club and i must say i was not dissapointed, once i started reading i couldnt put it down. The plots and twist were fantastic and the characters great. My niece also loved the book, i would definatley recommend it to others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 1 Sep 1999
By A Customer
The author of The Perfect Husband has outdone herself! Lisa Gardner has supplied for us avid readers a spine chilling book of murder and lies.
In 1977 Russell Lee Holmes was put to death for murdering six young children. It was always speculated, but never proven that that he also had a wife and child. On the date of his death, he admits to a local reporter that he also killed 4 year old Meagan Stokes five years earlier. Also on the night he is put to death, a 9 year old child found drugged and abandoned at a Boston hospital by none other than Harper Stokes, Meagan's father. The Stokes adopt Melanie and for 20 years life is perfect.
Now 20 years later Melanie receives a call from a sleazy tabloid reporter claming she is really Russell Lee Holmes child. A coverup and conspiracy is uncovered and Melanie must turn to FBI agent David Riggs for help. Did Russell Lee Holmes kill little Meagan Stokes 25 years ago? If not, who? What happened to little Meagan and who is Melanie's brith parents?
Lisa Gardner has written a pageturner that will keep you up until the end. My only question is why wasn't this published in hardback? Surely Lisa Gardner has enough readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but a little predictable
I enjoyed the writing and the characters were quite believable. The plot twist was a little obvious and it took a long time to get there. Worth reading though.
Published 14 hours ago by Linda Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I've read quite a few Lisa Gardner now and love her writing style and story lines. Another very enjoyable read.
Published 8 days ago by Jennie Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
This book was an excellent compelling read. I did have a few theories but these changed regularly. I can highly recommend this book
Published 24 days ago by Sue B
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, very hard to put down
Really good book, very hard to put down, really want to rush to the end to see who done it, interesting characters
Published 24 days ago by Milliesmum
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointed!!!!!!!!!!
This book is so far fetched, the child at nine years old is not recognised by her own mother.... The child does not remember what happened to her from the age of four to aged... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Gordon R. Kebbell
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling to the end
Figured one part of it but not the others! Makes you want to read the book rather than doing the household chores I should be doing!!
Published 1 month ago by G. S. Hirst
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
I love Lisa Gardner! Her FBI profiler series was fantastic and this standalone is just as good. It kept me gripped until the end and I couldn't put it down
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't stop reading!
I started reading this book only three days ago, and I haven't been able to put it down since! A great read that kept me interested all the way through.
Published 1 month ago by P. Swinbanks
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of read
Read it but not my type of story still read it right though might suite other people type of read
Published 1 month ago by Eirwyn payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Looking forward to reading more Lisa Gardner books in the future. Hope they are as good.that's my kind of story.
Published 2 months ago by Jayne Galsworthy
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