The Bad Daughter

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      The Bad Daughter. By Joy Fielding. Feb. 2018. 368p. Ballantine, $27 (9780399181528); e-book (9780399181535). L.A. therapist Robin Davis had been happy to leave her [...]
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      Copyright 2017 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      LEBER, M. The Bad Daughter. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 114, n. 7, p. 30, 2017. Disponível em: Acesso em: 13 ago. 2020.
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      Leber M. The Bad Daughter. Booklist. 2017;114(7):30. Accessed August 13, 2020.
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      Leber, M. (2017, December 1). The Bad Daughter. Booklist, 114(7), 30.
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      Leber, Michele. 2017. “The Bad Daughter.” Booklist, December 1.
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      Leber, M. (2017) ‘The Bad Daughter’, Booklist, 1 December, p. 30. Available at: (Accessed: 13 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Leber, M 2017, ‘The Bad Daughter’, Booklist, vol. 114, no. 7, p. 30, viewed 13 August 2020, .
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      Leber, Michele. “The Bad Daughter.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 7, Dec. 2017, p. 30. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Leber, Michele. “The Bad Daughter.” Booklist, December 1, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Leber M. The Bad Daughter. Booklist [Internet]. 2017 Dec 1 [cited 2020 Aug 13];114(7):30. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 December #1

L.A. therapist Robin Davis had been happy to leave her dysfunctional family years earlier after her mother died. Her father, millionaire developer Greg Davis, was a habitual philanderer who subsequently married Robin's former best friend, Tara, who had been engaged to Robin's younger brother, Alec. Then tragedy strikes: Greg, Tara, and Cassidy, Tara's 12-year-old daughter, are badly wounded in what is assumed to have been a house invasion. Tara dies, Greg remains unconscious after being shot in the head, and Cassidy miraculously recovers and blames the attack on two (or maybe three) muscular men wearing ski masks. Robin leaves her practice and fiancé, lawyer Blake Upton, to join her older sister, Melanie, at their family home to deal with the aftermath of the attack. Robin uses her training and shows backbone as answers become clear. Fielding, a sure hand at psychological suspense, amps up tension nicely here as the narrative reaches a high-energy conclusion. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 November #2

Los Angeles therapist Robin Davis, the star of this suspenseful if workmanlike thriller from bestseller Fielding (She's Not There), hasn't been in touch with most of her family for years—until someone shoots her father, autocratic property developer Greg Davis; Greg's much-younger second wife, Tara, who's also Robin's former best friend and her brother Alec's onetime fiancée; and Tara's 12-year-old daughter, Cassidy, in an apparently botched robbery at their house in Red Bluff, Calif. All are in critical condition at the local hospital, and upon returning home, Robin finds the situation worse than she could have imagined. Perpetually angry big sister Melanie, mother of an 18-year-old autistic son, has turned even more caustic; the townspeople regard the tragedy as the most riveting spectator sport outside of the annual rodeo; and Alec, the only relative to whom Robin remains attached, seems to be the sheriff's prime suspect. Though few of the characters transcend soap opera quality, Fielding throws in enough twists to keep the reader turning the pages until the bombshell final shocker. Agent: Tracy Fisher, WME Entertainment. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.