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Dear Daughter Hardcover – 14 Aug 2014

3.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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 (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,128 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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If you like books with character development, depth and a sensible plot then this book is definitely not for you.

The main character is shallow, petty and thinks she's a lot wittier and cooler than she is. For someone so skinny - as we are frequently told - she talks an awful lot about food. There is no redemptive journey here and she doesn't emerge a better person at the end.

The supporting cast are so thinly drawn I couldn't keep track of who they were or why they mattered. The plot relies on a series of absurd coincidences to progress and the ending is frankly ridiculous.

Could have been so much better in a more capable author's hands.
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Very disappointing. Would not recommend it.
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I really didn't enjoy this book and gave up halfway through.it was not a good story nor gripping enough to finish.very disappointed.
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This author tried to be too clever, it didn't work
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Dear daughter by Elizabeth little there have been a lot of books out since gone girl claiming to be as good but just not hitting the mark . Finally we have a book and a great anti heroine that is if anything even better than gone girl. Janie Jenkins former debutante think Paris Hilton with serious claws after spending ten years in prison for the murder of her mother a l a socialite. Realised because of evidence tampering. She goes in search of mummy roots in disguise to a small two town both named same with several founding families still live and kicking and bonding daily.

Still a page turner but here get some more irritating characters including the two forty plus secret lipstick lesbians one married but separated from others bro who happens to be the local policeman they are way too cute and irritating for this book.

To tell any more would ruin plot read and enjoy ' a ten star thriller
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This has been the most boring and poorly written book that I have read in a long time. The characters were unbelievable and unpleasant. The story line made no sense, were totally confusing and the ending was ridiculous.
Not for me and I cannot recommend
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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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Unfortunately not for me - poor character development and predictable plot. All seemed a bit contrived, perhaps aimed at the readers that like (and believe) the Daily Mail and certainly trying to capitalise on the success of 'Gone Girl'.
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