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Mary Higgins Clark
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February 2005

From Mary Higgins Clark, America's best-selling "Queen of Suspense," comes a dark and chilling story of murder, and its effects years later on the man convicted of the crime and the woman who helped convict him. It is a novel that takes the reader to the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind.

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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 has 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 creating a Website and writing a book that will conclusively prove his guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying and heretofore unknown 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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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's Little Girl July 14 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When she was only seven years old, Ellie Cavanaugh's fifteen-year-old beautiful high school student sister, Andrea, was viciously murdered, her head violently smashed in by a cold-blooded killer, and Ellie was the one that first found Andrea's body in the garage of old Mrs. Dorothy Westerfield, a powerful and enormously rich woman coming from a socially prominent family in the city of Oldham-on-the-Hudson, New York. Ellie had heard heavy, uneven breathing, and then a high-pitched giggle while in the garage, and swears it was Rob Westerfield, Dorothy's nineteen-year-old grandson and Andrea's secret boyfriend, in the garage with her.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you reading to the end May 27 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister Andrea was murdered one night. This event caused the Cavanaugh family to fall apart. Of the three suspects, Rob Westerfield was the one found guilty and put in prison for twenty-two years. When he got out of prison, Ellie was determined get him back in prison and therefore she investigated the murder very closely and wrote a book about it. She found out some things that people didn't want her to know. During that process, she risked her life because the house she was living in was broken into and set on fire.
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."
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4.0 out of 5 stars MURDERER and MURDERED May 18 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Ellie Cavenaugh lived in a family of four until she was 7 years old. At age 15 her sister, Andrea, was brutally murdered. Ellie was the one to find her in the back of a garage. When Ellie testifies in court, she is the one to convict Rob Westerfeild. At the time of the murder, he was Andrea's boyfriend. Some people doubt little Ellie and believe Rob's innocent pleads. Was he wrongly convicted?
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Guilty, or Brutal Killer May 18 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Daddy's Little Girl is an exraordinary book written by Mary Higgins Clark. Not knowing what kind of author she was, I decided to take a chance and read the book. After starting the book I knew that I would be very interested, the book had intreged me and grabbed my attention.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's Little Girl
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 more
Published on July 2 2004 by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 year olds review
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 more
Published on May 23 2004 by Melissa Gladue
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary's a great author
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning Suspense Story
"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 more
Published on April 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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 more
Published on April 12 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Distraught and Disappointed
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 more
Published on April 10 2004 by V-queen
2.0 out of 5 stars Dry
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
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Daddyï¿s Little Girl
Mary Higgins Clark
Pocket books, 2003, 384pp; $7.99
1sbn: 0743460529
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