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Stormi's Review: Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark

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Publisher: Pocket Books

Released: April 1st 2003

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Length: 384 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover

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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.

Five Boundless Stars

I have read a few books by Mary Higgins Clark, but this was by far my favorite. Ellie was just a young girl when her sister was murdered. Now years later the man who went away for her murder is getting out of prison. On a road filled with danger, Ellie is on the search for more evidence against Rob that will get him sent back to prison. This story was a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and a families love. The dedication that Ellie shows is what really made this book. She was just a young girl and was put through so much bad and now she is grown and still lives daily with the knowledge of her sisters death. No matter how much danger she is in she still fights to see her sisters killer brought to justice and along the way she helps her family, friends, and other families find justice and peace as well. I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed me from page one. It kept me reading and deeply enthralled. You never know what to expect. So many books like this are so predictable that it takes away the thrill of the story. This book was not predictable and was a very well written. It was mysterious, enthralling, and captivating from start to finish.

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