Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

18803659How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Synopsis: ‘As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We doubled back once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San Francisco we had a girl who looked like me board a plane to Hawaii.

Oh, I thought I was so clever.

But you probably already know that I’m not.’

LA It girl Janie Jenkins has it all. The looks, the brains, the connections. The criminal record.

Ten years ago, in a trial that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she’s been released on a technicality she’s determined to unravel the mystery of her mother’s last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back of beyond. But with the whole of America’s media on her tail, convinced she’s literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent.

She knows she really didn’t like her mother. Could she have killed her?

200words (or less) review: Ten years ago Jane Jenkins was sentenced for killing her mother, now with her conviction overturned she wants to find out what happened that night. Her memories are hazy but it’s no secret that Jane and her mother didn’t get on.

Jane’s narration is a big part of what made me enjoy Dear Daughter so much. She’s sarcastic, feisty and honest. As far as she is concerned she doesn’t need rescuing and doesn’t do friends – certainly not family, look how that turned out last time. I quite liked how she never lost that but her character did thaw a little towards the end of the book.

Elizabeth Little’s debut is one of those books you just want to read. You know the ones I mean, you start and you know that it’s going to be good story on the first page. That’s Dear Daughter. The narration, pacing and mystery all work together to keep you hooked.

Dear Daughter is a thoroughly enjoyable read that you won’t want to put down until the end.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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