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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846558166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846558160
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gone Girl meets Mean Girls" (Glamour)

"Dear Daughter has three of my favorite things in a book: a smart, damaged, unstoppable narrator with a slicing sense of humor; needle-sharp writing that brings characters and atmosphere leaping off the page; and a vivid, original plot full of satisfying twists. This is an all-nighter, and the best debut mystery I've read in a long time" (Tana French)

"Dark, sharp and witty" (Emma Hunt & Claire Frost Sun)

"A really gutsy, clever, energetic read, often unexpected, always entertaining. I loved Janie Jenkins’s sassy voice and Elizabeth Little’s too. In the world of crime novels, Dear Daughter is a breath of fresh air" (Kate Atkinson)

"With a narrator so unreliable you suffer from constant seasickness, and the same fizzy sense of the media tracking the case that gave Gone Girl such edge, this is the thriller of the summer… This is so damn good that it’s worth going on holiday with someone you hate, just so you can ignore them all week" (Alexandra Heminsley The Debrief)

"The real pleasure of this novel is its main character. As narrator, Janie is razor sharp, amoral and fizzing with coal-black wisecracks… A very modern and very funny take on a murder mystery" (Deidre O'Brien Sunday Mirror)

"Every year a few books stand out. This is one of them" (Sun)

"With a compelling cast of superbly drawn characters, a serpentine plot and crackling dialogue laced with stark, pungent asides, Dear Daughter defies you to put it down" (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

"This crime fiction début is the real deal. Unreliable narrator? Check. Plot twists? Yup. Razor-sharp writing? That, too... A thrilling, gripping read" (Glamour)

"A clever, witty thriller you’ll want to gobble up in one go" (Good Housekeeping)

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THE book of the summer. From the publishers of The Never List comes a brilliantly sharp, clever and hugely enjoyable thriller. You might fight with your mother, Janie Jenkins might have killed hers.

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Format: Hardcover
Book Review: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
Before I got too far into this book I felt such a dislike for the main character that I nearly stopped reading – she was nasty, spoilt, manipulative and downright arrogant. However, through flashbacks and scene change, Little gradually showed a different side to the character.
After spending ten years in prison for murdering her mother, Jane Jenkin's conviction is overturned due to forensic error. A head injury leaves her unsure whether she actually committed the murder or not and so she decides to investigate her mother’s enigmatic past to discover the truth. However, a venomous Blogger is convinced of her guilt and is determined to track her down to exact revenge.
The setting of an old mining town Ardelle is intriguing because there is a replica town called Adeline (now disused) built on another site so that folk could move from one site to the other depending on where mining was occurring at the time- fascinating

The story introduces us to a whole range of great characters from the sexy town Sheriff to the strange hotel owner and her wayward daughter.

Dear Daughter is a tricky little book, full of misdirection and ambiguity which kept me guessing till the lovely twist at the end.

It's written in first person with a healthy dose of humour, rhetorical questions making the reader feel part of this fast paced story.

A big recommendation to those who like the quirky, comic, yet serious crime book based in tight communities.
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By KarenD VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2014
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Janie Jenkins had always had a tempestuous relationship with her mother, the murdered socialite Marion Elsinger. Janie appeared to be a duplicitous and unlikeable person - so much so that at first I didn't really care whether she had killed her mother. However reading on, I found myself sucked into the story and my opinion of Janie started to change with her sarcastic and spikey comments even becoming slightly amusing.

After ten years in jail for a murder that she may (or may not) have committed, Janie Jenkins is released on a technicality although she will not be allowed to continue with her life in peace. A news reporter/blogger has been hounding her during her time in prison and is continuing to try and track her every move and it's down to Janie to keep one step ahead.

With snatches of memory returning of that night, and armed with a new identity, Janie sets out to try and find out whether she did actually kill her own mother. She discovers that her mother had withheld a lifetime of secrets and in fact had accumulated her share of enemies over the years.

I didn't really know what to make of this book - the first half of the book was a little too slow to make this a wholly enjoyable read. Recalling some vague memory from the past, Janie starts her search by heading for an old mining town called Ardelle. Some of the inhabitants of this small backwater town that Janie encounters seemed rather stereotypical - a few seemed just weird and creepy and I wasn't sure who could be trusted. Janie's interactions with them became interesting in that she had to reinvent herself in order to find out the information she needed. Being nice to people was something totally out of character for Janie.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Oh I was SO excited for this one and it absolutely lived up to my expectation and then some.

I love a good twisty tale - yes I know you all know that - they are especially good when you have a feisty often unlikeable but eminently intriguing heroine that doesnt always get it right such as the wonderfully drawn Janie Jenkins. She drags you along in her wake as she tries to discover the truth about her mother and who might have killed her, and it all flows beautifully from the pen of Elizabeth Little in an addictive and terribly terrific way.

Janie Jenkins, Socialite, IT girl, was convicted of murdering her mother. Released on a technicality and stalked across the country by the tabloid press, she begins to discover that Dear Mother may not have been quite as she appeared. The story twists and turns as Janie meets some people from the past she never even knew existed and begins to unravel a web of deception.

This is not a unique story - in a lot of ways it is a classic "whodunnit" tale but done with such wit and exuberance that you can't help but be involved every step of the way - hard to put aside and so superbly readable that you may find yourself multi-tasking (I apologise to the book for the odd cookery stain) if you love a good thrilling read you will devour this one in record time.

The characters all have depth and substance, the mystery element is intelligent and often unexpected and overall I would be more than happy to give this one a Highly Recommended tag most especially for lovers of all things crime and mystery.

Happy Reading Folks!

**Source: Publisher Review Copy***
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Wow, I believed the hype but hated this. I won't rehash other reviewers' references to much plot, and I'll keep it brief.

Too many characters, none of whom were interesting or likeable.

Jane/Rebecca wasn't 'on the run', so why should I care if someone is trying to find her? She was released from prison - she didn't escape!

Boring, overlong dialogue, half of which didn't lend itself to anything.

Plot taken from any old episode of Dallas/Dynasty/Knots Landing etc. I don't think what someone's real name was or who's really someone's father is interesting at all.

Using a diary is a cheap and tired device.

Hated it. Could almost give it two stars out of sheer pity.
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