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Dear Daughter [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Little
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14 Aug 2014

'As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We doubled back once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San Francisco we had a girl who looked like me board a plane to Hawaii.

Oh, I thought I was so clever.

But you probably already know that I'm not.'

LA IT girl Janie Jenkins has it all. The looks, the brains, the connections. The criminal record.

Ten years ago, in a trial that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she's been released on a technicality she's determined to unravel the mystery of her mother's last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back of beyond. But with the whole of America's media on her tail, convinced she's literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent.

She knows she really didn't like her mother. Could she have killed her?

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846558166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846558160
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

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

"This amazing book is like Gone Girl meets Gossip Girl - it's gonna be HUGE!" (Company)

"Clever. razor-sharp" (Metro)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Daughter 6 Sep 2014
By Kat
There have already been several comparisons drawn between Dear Daughter and a certain mystery thriller with a rather unlikable sociopath female lead character. And whilst I can see the similarities, there are also several differences between that book and Dear Daughter.

Janie Jenkins was an incredibly spoilt, manipulative and caustic teenager – and not much has changed in the ten years she has spent in prison for the murder of her mother. As twisted as that may sound it’s precisely why I liked Janie a lot – she’s fully aware of her own issues and the fact that most people don’t like her, and she plays upon it for her own gain. She’s full of snotty, sarcastic comebacks and her agenda is purely her own, and although she never comes out and admits that she likes anyone, or even behaves as anything like a friend, she’s also very open. There’s a lot to be said for a well written character like Janie, and Little does a great job in creating a character that’s easy to love to hate.

Set almost primarily in a small South Dakota town that has more mysteries than you could imagine, the secondary characters are also a standout in Dear Daughter – Janie’s lawyer, the people she meets as she tries to unravel the mysteries of her mother’s past, and the bystanders that are seemingly innocent – all are larger than life and equal parts likeable and despicable. In that respect, Dear Daughter felt perfectly balanced.

There are media excerpts throughout the book too, which really threw a different light on Janie, her past and her present, and I think they really added an extra dimension that made me enjoy the book even more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tricky! 25 Aug 2014
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Hello tricky book! The murder case was tricky, the characters were tricky and so too were my feelings on the book. I liked it a LOT but a few issues kept me from loving it. But still I had a lot of fun reading it .

First Line of Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

"A California judge has overturned the first-degree murder conviction of Jane Jenkins as part of the ongoing investigation into the mismanagement of evidence by the Los Angles County Crime Lab from 2001 to 2005."

What I loved about Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little:

I loved the format of the book. It was great! We learned about the main character via a Wikipedia entry, we saw newspaper clippings, police reports, family trees, street grids! I love this stuff in books. It's just so much fun and makes the book feel more interactive as you are deciphering all of these as well as the text.

The main character was interesting! I loved to hate her. The funny thing about Jane is that she doesn't even know for sure herself if she murdered her mother or not. So she is trying to solve the murder but also afraid of the answers too as can't rule out the fact that she might have killed her mother. Like I said, an interesting character!

The setting in an old mining town was great. Especially the creepy ghost town.

The writing is fun and at times the humour is great.

I was kept guessing. I thought Dear Daughter did a great job of maintaining the suspense. I had no idea who was telling the truth and who was hiding secrets.

I LOVED the ending! So much.

What I didn't love so much about Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little:

The humour was hit and miss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 15 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of Dear Daughter from the publishers in return for an honest review.

This is a hard one to review without giving spoilers but I will do my best :)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, infact I ended up sat reading all night and finished just as my alarm went off in the morning. It wasn't the mystery or the twists or anything like that that kept me reading all night, it was the pure readability of the writing style. The story was told from the main character Jane Jenkins point of view, her voice and way of telling her story was engrossing and a pleasure to read. It flowed perfectly from page to page and I just had to keep reading.

The character of Jane Jenkins was very well developed, as were all the other characters. Jane is a sassy, sarcastic, witty mean girl and a lot of fun, her attitude and comments throughout the book had me chuckling. While there wasn't much tension in the story, it had secrets and mysteries to unravel, which to be honest I didn't find myself trying to work out as I was really just so engrossed in enjoying the way the story was told.

The ending of the book is somewhat open ended, while you are given a kind of closure to the story there is still a question of what happens next. I'm not a huge fan of this kind of ending in book but for this one it works and it puts a nice twist onto the ending that wraps the story up nicely.

This I believe is Elizabeth Little's debut novel, which I would never have believed had I not been informed of the fact. I am keen to see what she comes up with next.
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I did enjoy this book but it could have done with a little less embroidery. Wasn't as gripping or page turning as I expected it to be and I was disappointed with the end.
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