Family Scandals Haunt ‘The Bad Daughter’ [REVIEW]


One family’s dream house becomes the scene of a horrible crime in Joy Fielding’s The Bad Daughter. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

A Los Angeles therapist must return to her tiny hometown when she receives a shocking voicemail message from her estranged sibling. A heinous crime has been committed and she is needed on the scene as soon as possible. But before she can even leave, she is plagued by unanswered questions. Who is behind the violence? Why did someone target her family? And what can she possibly do about it? Find out in Joy Fielding’s mesmerizing new novel of suspense, The Bad Daughter. 


Ballantine Books

To say that therapist Robin Davis’s family dynamic is complicated would be the understatement of the year. Her father, an unrepentant serial philanderer is not a nice man. Never a good role model or affectionate parent to his children, he even stole his own son’s fiancée and married her himself. So when he, his new wife and stepdaughter are gunned down in a home invasion, the list of suspects is quite long indeed.

Upon her return to Red Bluff, Robin must deal with the persistent sheriff, and suddenly she wonders just how well she knows the people in her life, including her cantankerous sister, autistic nephew, childhood best friend, and even her beloved brother who has suddenly gone missing. As if they aren’t enough to send her into a full-blown panic attack, she also has to decide how to deal with her own fiancé, a strange teen named Kenny, and her stepmother’s ex-convict ex-husband.

With The Bad Daughter, Joy Fielding truly puts the fun back in dysfunction by creating a family that will raise readers’ suspicions as well as their blood pressure, and which will undoubtedly make them appreciate the ones they have at home, flaws and all. The result is a novel rife with scandal and features a list of suspects that is so long, it would make Agatha Christie envious.

Blending both domestic and psychological drama, Fielding has once again done what she does so well: she’s crafted a thriller we just can’t tear our eyes away from, filled it with delicious characters we love (and some we love to hate), and strained our powers of deduction as we race through the pages trying to guess whodunnit. If you love books by Mary Higgins Clark and Lisa Gardner, this is one novel you won’t want to miss.


Joy Fielding

Joy Fielding
(Photo by David Leyes)

Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is WatchingNow You See HerStill LifeMad River RoadSee Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels.

She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida. Visit her home on the Web at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Joy Fielding
368 pgs. Ballantine Books. $27

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

One Response to Family Scandals Haunt ‘The Bad Daughter’ [REVIEW]

  1. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    Joy Fielding fans rejoice! Her new novel, THE BAD DAUGHTER, is available now, and it is an explosive read filled with characters you’ll love, and some you’ll love to hate. Pairing psychological suspense with domestic drama, Fielding delivers a novel that features so many suspects, Agatha Christie would be envious. Don’t miss it!

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