Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark
Ellie Cavanaugh will stop at nothing to keep the man convicted of her sister’s murder off the streets. But could this man possibly be innocent or should she trust her instinct?
Publisher’s Description: Ellie Cavanaugh was only seven years old when her fifteen-year-old sister, Andrea, was murdered near their home in Oldham-on-the-Hudson, a rural village in New York’s Westchester County. There were three suspects: Rob Westerfield, nineteen-year-old scion of a wealthy, prominent family, whom Andrea had been secretly dating; Paul Stroebel, a sixteen-year-old schoolmate, who had a crush on Andrea; and Will Nebels, a local handyman in his forties.
It was Ellie who had led her parents to a hideout in which Andrea’s body was found — a secret hideaway in which she met her friends. And it was Ellie who was blamed by her parents for her sister’s death for not telling them about this place the night Andrea was missing. It was also Ellie’s testimony that led to the conviction of the man she was firmly convinced was the killer. Steadfastly denying his guilt, he spent the next twenty-two years in prison.
When he comes up for parole, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, protests his release. Nonetheless, the convicted killer is set free and returns to Oldham. Determined to thwart his attempts to whitewash his reputation, Ellie also returns to Oldham, intent on proving his guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister’s murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.
Gripping and relentlessly compelling, Daddy’s Little Girl, a portrayal of a family shattered by crime, reflects Mary Higgins Clark’s uncanny insight into the twisted mind of a killer and is further evidence of why she is America’s favorite author of suspense.
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Luna Lovebooks says…
What I liked: This may be a turn-off for some people but I actually liked Ellie Cavanaugh’s reckless behavior. It made her seem more real to me. Most people do not think about the consequences to their actions—especially when they are trying to make sure the person convicted of their sister’s murder stays behind bars. We know who the killer is right off the bat but as the story progresses seeds of doubt are planted. There is plenty of action, but it comes in spurts.
What I didn’t like: The ending felt rushed to me. All the loose ends were tied up just a little too neatly. There were characters that seemed important to the story but we don’t really know how things turned out for them. While there was some action and some twists, it wasn’t as suspenseful as it could have been. I give this book 2 stars.
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