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From Publishers Weekly
Writing in the first person a rarity for this veteran author has inspired and energized Clark. Her 21st novel of intrigue is her best in years, a tightly woven, emotionally potent tale of suspense and revenge. Clark's new heroine is Atlanta investigative journalist Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her sister, Andrea, 15, was beaten to death by 20-year-old Rob Westerfield, scion of the wealthiest family in a small Westchester town. Now Westerfield is up for parole, so Ellie, now 30, returns home to speak out against him. When Westerfield is released, Ellie begins to write a book aimed at re-proving his guilt. Digging for evidence, she uncovers clues that Westerfield may have committed another murder as a youth, but that digging also enrages the Westerfields and other town members who think the man was railroaded. Before long, Ellie's life is in danger, as someone breaks into the house she's staying in, then later sets fire to it, nearly killing her, and as Westerfield himself begins to shadow her moves. What makes this novel work isn't only the considerable tension Clark teases from Ellie's precarious position, but the thoughtful backgrounding to the action. Ellie is cast as a lonely woman, without a lover and estranged from her father and half-brother: will she accept one or the other into her guarded life?; and she carries a heavy load of guilt for her sister's death, wondering at times if she is blinded by her thirst for vengeance. With its textured plot, well-sketched secondary characters, strong pacing and appealing heroine, this is Clark at her most winning. (On sale, Apr. 16)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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At the parole hearing for Donald Waring, Trish Duncan begins to wonder whether he was wrongly convicted of killing her sister 20 years ago.
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It was Ellie's tearful, heartbreaking testimony that convicted Rob Westerfield for the murder of Andrea Cavanaugh. But even with the murderer behind bars, Ellie's family is still torn apart. Her parents divorce, and Ellie's mother travels with her all over the country, hardly staying in one place for more than a year. Meanwhile, Ellie's father remarries and has a son, Teddy, five years later. Twenty-two years later, after Ellie's mother has died, Ellie moves out to Atlanta, Georgia, and becomes an investigative reporter for the Atlanta News. She contemplates her resentment and distance from her father, and has no desire to see him---or his new wife or Teddy---ever again.
After twenty two years in prison, Rob Westerfield has served his sentence for murdering Andrea in prison, and parole is inevitable. Rob had been up for parole two previous times, but Ellie vehemently went against it. But finally, Ellie realizes that no matter what she does, Rob will be released. In an effort to put Rob back in jail, Ellie travels back up to Oldham, and she begins writing a book focusing on Rob's guilt in murdering Andrea.Read more ›
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. I don't usually like reading books, but this book kept my interest until the very last word and made me want to keep reading more. Mary Higgins Clark does a nice job of making you question things throughout the whole book through her mystery and suspense. She gives the main character good qualities such as drive and motivation to do what is right and also insight on the mind of a killer. In my opinion, after reading this book, Mary Higgins Clark definitely fits the title of "Queen of Suspense."
Twenty-three years later, Westerfeild is let out of jail. Ellie, horrified, goes back home to get Westerfeild back in jail. While digging up dirt on Rob she discovers some amazing new ideas. Ellie is writing a website with slamming details on Rob. Now someone is after her! Who is the murderer?
This book is very suspensful and pulls you in to the point where you think you are there. Mary Higgens Clark does a great job of adding new facts that had never been found in the first trials. The plot of the hometown rural area adds to the whole mysterious outlook of the book and makes it very interesting. A good beginning, middle and end, so you won't put this book down until the very last word.
The story begins where Ellie Cavanaugh, and eight year old girl, finds her murderd sister, Andrea in lying in the garage of a wealthy woman by the name of Mrs. Westerfeild. Andrea is dating the grandson of Mrs. Westerfeild, and he is one of the first suspects. Ellie's father is a local county police officer, and as he tries to find the victim Ellie gets involved.
After suspenceful chapters not knowing who the murderer is, a trial takes place. Ellie's testimony led to the conviction of the man that she was sure was the killer. After denying his guilt he spent twenty-two years in prison.
When the man comes out for parole Ellie then decides to protest his release. Ellie is now an ivestigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper. The convicted killer is still let free, and as Ellie is looking for the man, she is determined to "whitewash" his reputation. Ellie is also determined to write a book, and create a website that will prove this man's guilt.
As Ellie discovers more, she finds to know the truth of the horrifying, and unknown facts about her sister's murder. With each step she takes to dicover more, she gets closer, and closer to the killer.
Most recent customer reviews
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite suspense writers and she did not let me down with this book. Gripping from begining to end. Hard to put down. A definite must read!Published on March 14 2009 by Suzie Q
This book is suspenseful gripping and makes you want to read more and more you won't want to put it down when you start reading it. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Mel
I think this book was awsome and once i started readin it i couldn't put it down it's awsome and i'm going to buy all her other books. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Melissa Gladue
This book is very suspensful. I could go into details but I wouldn't want to ruin the exciting ending. I would definatly purchase this book.Published on May 3 2004 by L. Sainovich
"Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark was superb! It is definitely one of the best books I have ever read! On every page it always keeps you guessing. Read morePublished on April 30 2004
This book was suspenseful and interesting. Ellie finds her big sister murdered and lives with the feeling of "what if" she would have told her parents where her sister... Read morePublished on April 12 2004
This book was a very disappointing read. I found it to be bland and predictable. You know from the first few chapters what was going to happen. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by V-queen
I usually enjoy her books for a bit of light fun reading, but this was absolutely boring and uninteresting. A waste of time.Published on April 1 2004 by E. Sandstrom