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Daddy's Little Girl
Daddy's Little Girl
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780743460521
ISBN-10: 0743460529
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 398 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This is not Ms. Clark's best work. No suspense. No twist...Read it for the journey and not the destination.
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When a girl,s sister is murdered and justice is served, years later, when his parole is about to be granted, she will attempt to keep him behind bars. Is he innnocent? That is one the the great twists so typical of all of M.H. Clark,s books. Love her and all of her books.
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Helpful Score: 3
Very enjoyable read... it was the only MHC book I have read where I was truely unable to guess the ending and the killer. Has more dimensions that just the mystery, and is really a touching story. Highly recomended!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is 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.
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Loved the suspense!
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As always, from Mary Higging Clark, another suspense story that touches our hearts while raising the hairs on the back of our necks.
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I liked M.H> Clark early books the best, but this is still a good read.
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Investigative reporter Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their hom in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the nineteen year old scion of a prominent family, in jail, despite the existence of two other viable suspencts.
Twenty-two years later, Westerfield, who maintains his innocence, is paroled and is demanding a new trial, and it's up to Ellie to see that he doesn't get off scot-free.
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Excellent book - another Mary Higgins Clark classic.
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A chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind.
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A chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind. Good book!
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Seven yr old Ellie's tearful testimony puts Rob in jail for the murder of her older sister, although he maintains he is innocent. She comes back years later when he is to be paroled to prove that he is guilty. She uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sisters murder. With each new fact uncovered she comes close to a confrontation with the desperate killer.
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You know how in a lot of Mary Higgens Clark books you can guess the killer/criminal/antagonist because he/she seems so unlikely and farfetched to be bad that it HAS to be that person? This book is not like that! The answer is right under your nose the whole time.
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A good Mary Higgins Clark.
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Great!!! You want be able to put it down!
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Good read
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Fun read for Mary Higgins Clark fans.
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This was a great book. I could read it over and over again.
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If you like Mary Higgins Clark you will enjoy this book she stays true to form.
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Good, typical Clark.
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This is a typical Mary Higgins Clark mystery. A newspaper editor invetigates the murder of her sister from 20 years before. If you like her other books you will like this one.
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One of Mary Higgins Clark's best thrillers. It will keep you guessing until the end!
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I love Mary Higgins Clark and have read almost everything she has ever written. This is one of her better stories. Very hard to put down. Exciting, unexpected ending...a very good read.
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Entertaining and suspenseful.
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Another great read by Mary Higgins Clark. I love her books and this one was no disappointment. I could hardly put it down once I started!
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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.
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Very good book. You feel so sorry for Ellie in the beginning, but by the end you're rooting for her!
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I started reading on the plan on for a 3 hour trip and I couldn't believe I'd reached my destination so quickly. I continued reading during my trip and couldn't put it down. It was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. Not predictable at all.
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This is one of my favorite MHC books. The characters are easy to empathize with and the story keeps you engaged until the last page. A great read!
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I read this book my senior year of high school and absolutely loved it. It's a sad, tragic story of a girl who was the key witness in her older sister's murder and the effects that the murder had on her and her family. If you get a chance to read it, DO SO! It's great!
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This book is about a lady trying to come to terms with a family tragedy and solve the mystery surrounding that tragedy.
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This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book and I am disappointed that I did not find it to be suspensefull at all for someone labeled as the "Queen of Suspense". There were no big plot twists or surprises of the 'keep you guessing until the end of the book' variety. It came across as a very straight forward read. To a point, I have to wonder if my own life experiences, that allowed me to read the book from the same perspective as the person telling the story - first person from the little sister of a murder victim, played a part in that. I can state that her research was accurate and allowed her to write a completely credible story. Everything contained within the covers is accurate and reinforces the validity of the story. I did nearly find me forcing myself to finish the story and hope that if I find myself reading another of her stories, I hope will not be disappointed in the future.
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Huge fan of this author haven't found a book from her i don't like and this was no exception!
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I almost kept this book just because it is so well done!
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I think this is one of the author's better books. This was the first one in a long time that I really liked.
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another great book by Clark
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I could not put this book down. I enjoy the author to begin with, but this book was excellent and kept my intrigued.
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Ellie Cavanaugh was seven yearsold when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was Ellie's testimony that put Rob Westerfield in jail. Nowtwenty-two years later, Rob is released. He is still saying that he did not do the crime. Ellie is now writting a book about the murder. Only to find that perhaps she was wrong and the real killer is getting closer.
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Once again, you can't put this book down from the first page till the last!
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This was a really excellent book! It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end!

Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the nineteen-year-old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of two other viable suspects. Twenty-two years later, Westerfield who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to thwart his attemps to pin the crime on another, Ellie, an ivestigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Westerfield's guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.
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Enjoyable & a quick read.
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This is the first book I've read by this author and even though I liked this book I don't think I'll read anything else of hers
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disapointing ending
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What an awesome book! I thought I had the ending figured out but, boy was I surprised! And I'm not giving it away either!
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One of those books you just can't put down. Keeps you in suspense all the way through to the very end.
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Just like classic Mary Higgins Clark. Great novel!
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Loved it!!
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Page-turning Suspense,

Ever popular fiction writer Mary Higgins Clark has written yet another spine-tingling tale in this latest read. As a slight deviation, the victim's sister tells the story in the first person. Twenty-two years ago, fifteen-year-old Andrea Cavanaugh was brutally murdered near her home in suburban West Chester County, New York. Her sister, Ellie, seven-years-old at the time, has shouldered the blame for not telling her parents where her sister might have gone on that fateful night. With the subsequent breakup of her family and her mother's alcoholism, Ellie has grown up remembering her father's "why didn't you tell us?"
Now, Ellie is twenty-nine-years-old and an investigative reporter in Atlanta. She returns to her childhood home on the eve of the release of her sister's murderer. Determined to prevent the killer to be exonerated with a new trial, Ellie starts a web page and begins to uncover startling new facts concerning her sister's killer. Though she faces opposition from members of the town who believe in the man's innocence, Ellie continues in her quest. But Ms. Higgins Clark has created a character the reader wants to champion even as her life becomes endangered when she journeys too close to the truth.

As the clues mount in this non-stop adventure, Ellie's relationship with her estranged father and half-brother becomes a factor in their effort to protect her from becoming a victim. Clue by clue, the identity of the murderer becomes solidified, but the reader still wonders if Ellie is not being misled. A brilliant read, suspenseful until the very end.
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Very good. Not much romance, but the it is a very good drama/thriller/mystery book. Hard to put down.
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I always enjoy Mary Higgins Clark. The mystery is not filled with details I find digusting and I enjoy the intrique
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One of the best Mary Higgins Clark books!
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At seven years old Ellie's older sister was murdered and with her testimony, the murderer is convicted. But now it is 22 years later and he is up for parole. Can she convince the parole board to keep him in jail?
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Good book...keeps you guessing. Quick to read chapters.
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This is a real page turner! I think it is one of her best yet!
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Ellie Cavanaugh was 7 years old when her older sister was murdered near thier home in Westchester County. 22 years later the murderer is paroled. Ellie returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove that he is the killer.Katue
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Ellie Cavanaugh was 7 years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the 19-year-old scion of a prominent family , in jail despite the existence of 2 other viable suspects. 22 years later, Westerfield is paroled ... "chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind."
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Good book... an easy read. Perfect for the beach!
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As always Mary Higgins Clark writes a great story of murder. Great read.
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Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the 19 year old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the exisistence of 2 other viable suspects. 22 years later, Westerfield,who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Ellie returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove his guilt. As she research's, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder.
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I'm a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark and loved this book. I always have fun trying to guess "who did it?" with her books!
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Great story, very suspenseful
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a great murder story
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A chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind. It is hard to put down.
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Very good book. Keeps you wondering, and wanting to read more.
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This is a good read
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#1 NY Times Bestseller
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read! Mary Higgins Clark can sure write a good book!
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Great Book
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another one you can't put down.
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could not put down, keeps u enthralled to the end
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Suspenseful up to the end. Fast read.
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This is the 2nd book by this author I have read. I don't normally read books by Clark. This book is very good. I will continue to read books by her.
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always a good author.
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didn't read it
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Great book.
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"Ellie was 7 years old when her sister was murdered near their Westchester County home. It was Ellie's testimony that put Rob Westerfiled, the 19 year old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of 2 other viable suspects. Twenty-two years later, Westerfield, who maintains his innocence, is parolded. Determined to thwart his attempts to pin the crime on another, Ellie, an investgative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Westerfield's guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer." This was a good book to read, fast paced and a suspenseful story.
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good book
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From Mary Higins Clark, America's bestselling "Queen of Suspense," comes a chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind.

Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the nineteen-year-old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of two other viable suspects. Twenty-two years later, Westerfield, who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to thwart his attempts to pin the crime on another, Ellie, an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Westerfield's guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery she comes closer to fa confrontation with a desperate killer.

"After {more than 20} bestselling suspense novels, you might think Clark could not improve. You'd be wrong...A superb suspense story." - Tulsa World

"Clark doesn't let the reader off the hook until the very last word." - Boston Globe

Very good book
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Ellie was 7 years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in NY. It was her testimony that put Rob Westerfield, a 19-year old, in jail despite there being 2 other suspects. Twenty-two years later, Rob is paroled and still maintains his innocence. Ellie is now an investigative reporter who returns home and starts writing a book that will prove Rob's guilt. As she goes deeper into her research, she uncovers facts that shed light on her sister's murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a desperate killer.
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A chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind. Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's testimony that put Rob Westerfield in jail, despite the existence of two other viable suspects. Twenty two years later, Westerfield, who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to twart his attempts to pin the crime on another, Ellie, an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will prove Westerfield's guilt. As she delves deeper into her reserach, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a confrontation with a desparate killer.
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Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's terful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the nineteen-year-old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of two other viable suspects. Twenty-two years later, Westerfield, who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to thwart his attempts to pin the crime on another, Ellie, an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Westerfield's guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.