Book Review: The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding

I read The Bad Daughter a few months ago, and had planned to review it from the start. Rarely, however, do I have to refresh my memory like I had to for this one. I had forgotten most of the plot and that led me to question my own memory, sure, but also the book, which I was certain I had read with enjoyment. 

The main character, Robin, is a psychologist and is pretty much estranged from her family. One day, she receives a phone call from Melanie, her sister, telling her their dad and his wife had been shot. This phone calls has Robin spiralling back into old patterns of anxiety - not so much because of the news themselves, but mostly because of her difficult relationship with Melanie. 

I realized that I didn't really find this book memorable because, as entertaining as the plot was to follow while reading the book, the most interesting aspects of the novel were the relationships. The mystery plot itself is fairly predictable and felt a little rushed. The dysfunctional relationships within the family had a little more depth, despite an obvious lack of subtlety. 

All in all, while I found it easy to read, The Bad Daughter was a bit of a letdown for me.  

I received this book from Penguin Random House Canada for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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