Friday, March 2, 2018

Review 'The Bad Daughter' by Joy Fielding
What first appears to be a random home invasion reveals a family's dark secrets in this domestic ticking-clock suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run.

A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father's second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father's new family is attacked in their house, with her father and his wife in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home determined to put her experience as a therapist to use to help mend fences and care for her young stepsister, who survived the attack relatively unscathed. It looks like a random robbery gone awry, but as Robin spends more time with her family members, she learns they all had their secrets -- and one of those secrets may have put them all in horrible danger.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
February 27th, 2018
Thriller, Mystery
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

At the end of last year I read ‘She’s Not There’ by Joy Fielding. I really enjoyed that book, so when I was asked to review ‘The Bad Daughter’ I immediately said yes. And when I read the book description, I was really excited to start reading as soon as possible.  

In ‘The Bad Daughter’ we meet Robin Davis. Robin is a therapist who seems to have her life on track, but when her sister calls who she hasn’t talked to in years, memories of her past come fast. And soon Robin is having panic attacks. When her sister tells her, her father and his family is shot, Robin decides to go back to the town she ran away from. And soon she finds out her family has many secrets.  

Just like with the previous book I read by Joy Fielding, this book grabbed me from the beginning and I just didn’t want to stop reading. From the very first page I just had so many questions going on in my head and I just had to keep on reading to find out the answers.  

There was one thing I didn’t really like about this read and that was a pretty big thing: the characters. Somehow I just couldn’t connect with the main character Robin, and the other characters all just seemed off to me too. And don’t even start with the relationships between those characters, they were just very complicated. 

But the fact that the author was able to make me want to keep on reading, and the fact I didn’t really figure out who was the one who shot Robin’s father till the very end made this a very thrilling and interesting read. Definitely another good read by Joy Fielding.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last name to Fielding (after Henry Fielding) and began writing novels.
Fielding is also the screenwriter of the television film Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story.

At the age of 8, Joy Tepperman wrote her first story and sent it into a local magazine, and at age 12 sent in her first TV script, however both were rejected. She had a brief acting career, eventually giving it up to write full-time in 1972. She has published to date 22 novels, two of which were converted into film. Fielding's process of having an idea to the point the novel is finished generally takes a year, the writing itself taking four to eight months. Joy Fielding sets most of her novels in American cities such as Boston and Chicago. She has said that she prefers to set her novels in "big American cities, [as the] landscape seems best for [her] themes of urban alienation and loss of identity. Fielding is a Canadian citizen. Her husband's name is Warren, and they have two daughters, Annie and Shannon. They have property in Toronto, Ontario, as well as Palm Beach, Florida.

Fielding had an interview with the Vancouver Sun in 2007, just after her publication of Heartstopper. She enjoys catching readers off guard with the endings of her stories, but insists that "[it] isn't what her fiction is about", but rather more about the development of her characters. Discussing her novels with the Toronto Star in 2008, she said "I might not write fiction in the literary sense. But I write very well. My characters are good. My dialog is good. And my stories are really involving. I'm writing exactly the kind of books I like to write. And they're the kind of books I like to read. They're popular commercial fiction. That's what they are."

For more information about Joy Fielding please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I am always up for a Joy Fielding book, and I recently downloaded this one. I hope to connect with the characters...not an issue in previous books for me.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Joy Fielding definitely is a great author. I'm curious to hear what your thoughts are about this book. ;)
      Happy Reading!


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