Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Review - Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little is an excellent debut mystery filled with interesting characters, twists and turns, and a fast pace. Janie Jenkins is fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, this “It Girl” was incarcerated for the murder of her high society mother. Released on a technicality, Jane is determined to figure out who really killed her mother. And is the killer looking for her?

Small town Dakota is the starting point. As Janie delves deeper into her mother’s former life, finds photographs, reads an old diary, she begins to admire her mother’s climb from oblivion to a new name to a life of money.  And the mother she herself dismissed,  turns out to have had quite a life. Dirt poor but resourceful, Tessa wasn’t meant to be held back. Janie, in her journey, learns to admire her intelligent mother.

From the cover blurb – As she digs tantalizingly deeper, and as suspicious locals begin to see through her increasingly fragile fa├žade, Janie discovers that even the sleepiest towns hide sinister secrets – and will stop at nothing to guard them. On the run from the press, the police, and maybe even a murderer, Janie must choose between the anonymity  she craves and the truth she so desperately needs.

Janie is not initially likeable, but her story is compelling and you will want to turn the pages. The author knows how to push our buttons and Janie’s in the search for the truth. Who is the killer? Dear Daughter will satisfy your thirst to know.


16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful review, I love the title, I have a wonderful daughter who don't think the same about me, but I love her no matter what.
    Yvonne.

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    1. then you might find this book a bit creepy and yet the twist will prove interesting.

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  2. I love mysteries and this one sounds intriguing. The cover is pretty cool, too!

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    1. yep - this was a good find at a sale

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  3. Oh wow, sounds good. I might have to get this although I have so many others to read too. Too many good books out there.

    Betty

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    1. this was a surprise at a library sale. Too many books, not enough time, indeed

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  4. Good when the right buttons can be pushed and keeps us carrying on.

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  6. I love mysteries and this sounds like a good one. I always buy books written by my fellow author friends, but I check out other interesting-sounding books from the library. I added this one to my Library Wish List.

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  7. I am so torn...I would love to read that book. But there is a folk song called 'Jenny Jenkins' and as I am writing this, it is stuck in my head. I don't think I could survive a whole book with that song in my head. I can't help it. lol

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    1. Maybe you have to be crazy to read this. The author was a tad crazy when writing this

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  8. Sounds interesting. Great cover - it really draws the eye.

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    1. It is different and quite a debut

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  9. I enjoy a good mystery. This sounds like one to delve into. Well-written review!

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