Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Books Read: The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding


Robin Davis hasn't spoken to her family in six years. 
Not since it happened.

Then they're attacked; left fighting for their lives.
And Robin is back.

All families have their secrets. 
And one of theirs may have put them all in terrible danger . . .


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I'd like to thank Bonnier Zaffre for my copy of She's Not There to review which I received via NetGalley.

Joy Fielding was a new author to me until last December when I was invited to review She's Not There, check out my review here, and now a couple of months later it's time to read her latest book which has just been published in eBook format, paperback to follow in the Summer.  The premise of The Bad Daughter sounded right up my street but I hate it when publishers put on taglines such as in this case 'A gripping psychological thriller with a devastating twist' - yes once the story got going this was a gripping read but I'm afraid I wasn't hit with the devastating twist as I figured it out quite early on....

Our main protagonist Robin certainly has her fair share of issues, not least the reason why she left her hometown of Red Bluff and has not returned since, but she soon drops everything and gets the next bus home following a phone call from her sister Melanie to say that their father and his family were attacked in their own home and are seriously ill.

The relationship between Robin and Melanie was certainly an interesting one, as despite welcoming Robin to stay with her in the old family home, it was clear that there was deep-rooted resentment that has lingered for years. But when all is said and done family is family and even if they don't always agree with each other's opinions they are able to pull together and be there to support one another when the investigation of the attack indicate that the culprit may be closer to home than they think.

As you can imagine in a small town like Red Bluff, everyone knows everyone and everybody is interested in your business, so not only did they have to deal with the police questioning everyone close to the family to find a motive but they also had the locals watching their every move. As the story progressed and more characters were introduced there were certainly plenty of suspects to point the finger at but from about the midway point I had a niggling suspicion as to who may have been responsible but just not the motive.

Overall I did enjoy reading The Bad Daughter but it didn't have the devastating twist I was expecting as promised in the tagline.  I think if that hadn't been mentioned then I probably wouldn't have been looking for that extra twist to completely throw me off track.

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