The Other Daughter

The Other Daughter

Book - 1999
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Twenty-nine-year-old Melanie Stokes' search for her true identity leads her to distrust the seemingly loving parents who adopted her

& Taylor

Twenty years after being adopted as a nine-year-old girl, Melanie Stokes, who has lost all memories of her young childhood, discovers that she may be the daughter of a vicious serial killer responsible for the death of her adoptive family's first daughter. Original.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780553576795
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 18 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 19, 2018

I didn't read...…..the book is falling apart. It should be removed from the library shelves.

May 26, 2018

I really enjoyed this one. It was a bit different from other Gardner books I've read - for example, this was the first time she incorporated any romance (though it still wasn't the primary focus of the book). Character and plot development were both excellent as usual. She really does know how to build suspense and incorporate twists that feel earned (though I did see at least one coming this time). Highly recommend.

Jan 27, 2015

A 28-year-old woman who has never had a job, and cannot remember anything before she was 8 and adopted into a family of selfish, spoiled, dysfunctional brats. Some of the characters are interesting, but the book is a little heavy handed in the "greed is bad" theme. The mystery is why the characters cannot figure it out, and why the author takes us down so many wrong turns after she has let us know who done it. It is on my worth reading list only because it was entertaining if not engaging.

Jul 29, 2014

Intriguing and well paced. Keeps one guessing.

Dec 08, 2013

I loved it. The pace, the setting, the ways all the mysteries revealed themselves. This book was definitely a page turner.

Nov 11, 2012

A good story.

LaimaA Jul 24, 2012

A pretty great Lisa Gardner. The mysteries were very compelling and the characters were intriguing.

May 21, 2010

Complex story and a darn good read!


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top