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.
I was waiting on a friend when I started reading this book and eventually when they turned up more than a hour later, I was disappointed to have to put the book down.
The story is written in third person and is seen through the eyes of Robin, a psychotherapist, who has trouble dealing with her own troubles and emotions as well as advising others. When her estranged sister calls her to tell her that her father, step mother and step-sister have been shot, the last thing she wants to do is return to her childhood home, but feels she has to.
Robin has always had a turbulent relationship with her older sister, Melanie. Robin is a meek and quiet character and Melanie regularly picks on her, belittling her at every opportunity. She’s a bully and straight to the point and sometimes this makes for entertaining but uncomfortable reading.
As Robin settles back into her small town life, she reflects on her old life back in LA, -the demons that she battles, her self confidence as well as doubting her fiancée.
The story flows at a fast pace with a mix of unpleasant and fascinating characters, particularly Melanie, Robin’s older sister who has a dark and cutting sense of humour and Cassidy, the little girl who was caught in the cross fire when her parents were shot. Bubbly and fun, she seems far from troubled and upset and makes for intriguing reading.
I absolutely loved this story, from the very start I was completely drawn in. With short chapters, it was easy to get absorbed in the dark and twisted tale which was so cleverly written that everyone was a suspect.
With twists and drama and with the added injection of humour and mystery throughout, ‘The Bad Daughter’ is a wonderfully gripping read.
You can buy The Bad Daughter from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.