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Daddy's Little Girl [Kindle Edition]

Mary Higgins Clark
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Book Description

From Mary Higgins Clark, America's best-selling "Queen of Suspense," comes a dark and chilling story of murder, and its effects years later on the man convicted of the crime and the woman who helped convict him. It is a novel that takes the reader to the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind.
Ellie Cavanaugh was only seven years old when her fifteen-year-old sister, Andrea, was murdered near their home in Oldham-on-the-Hudson, a rural village in New York's Westchester County. There were three suspects: Rob Westerfield, nineteen-year-old scion of a wealthy, prominent family, whom Andrea has been secretly dating; Paul Stroebel, a sixteen-year-old schoolmate, who had a crush on Andrea; and Will Nebels, a local handyman in his forties.
It was Ellie who had led her parents to a hideout in which Andrea's body was found -- a secret hideaway in which she met her friends. And it was Ellie who was blamed by her parents for her sister's death for not telling them about this place the night Andrea was missing. It was also Ellie's testimony that led to the conviction of the man she was firmly convinced was the killer. Steadfastly denying his guilt, he spent the next twenty-two years in prison.
When he comes up for parole, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, protests his release. Nonetheless, the convicted killer is set free and returns to Oldham. Determined to thwart his attempts to whitewash his reputation, Ellie also returns to Oldham, intent on creating a Website and writing a book that will conclusively prove his guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying and heretofore unknown facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.
Gripping and relentlessly compelling, Daddy's Little Girl, a portrayal of a family shattered by crime, reflects Mary Higgins Clark's uncanny insight into the twisted mind of a killer and is further evidence of why she is America's favorite author of suspense.

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From Publishers Weekly

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. (On sale, Apr. 16)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

At the parole hearing for Donald Waring, Trish Duncan begins to wonder whether he was wrongly convicted of killing her sister 20 years ago.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 4106 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story told in the first person! June 23, 2002
This was a great book, which took me all of two days to read, as I could not put it down. I am a Mary Higgins Clark fan and have read everything by her. This is her first book told from the first person point of view and it really works!
Ellie, an investigative reporter and the younger sister of a murdered girl, sets off to prove the murderer's guilt when he is released from prison twenty-two years later. He has almost the whole town believing that he is an innocent man who has served time for someone else's crime. Of course, someone believes that Ellie must be stopped and her life is put in jeopardy.
This is a book full of suspense that had me on the edge of my seat. I hope Ms. Clark brings back Ellie in another book (like she did with Alvirah). She's a great character!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is missing the last chapter! June 5, 2013
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Don't buy the kindle edition if you want to find out what happens in the end. The last chapter (epilogue I believe) is missing! I thought it ended rather abruptly until I read the other reviews and realized I was definitely missing something. Rip off.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to finish November 23, 2002
I am a big fan of Mary Higgin Clark's books, so I am accustomed to reading her books in one or two days, as they are often seemingly impossible to put down. I was surprised then, that I was able to get frequently distracted by it, so much that by the time I returned to it, I had to start over again. After another long pause in reading, I realised I had to finish it at least since I had already devoted so much time to it. With the exception of the last 15 pages or so, there is not much mystery or suspense to it, which really dissapointed me. One thing that irritated me and made it seem very unreal was regarding how the main character, Ellie, is building a website where she places slanderous material against the man she believes murdered her sister. In the book, it is treated as though every person in the world is glued to her website, and the second she finishes placing a piece on it, everyone in town has read it. As much as it pains me to say so, this is not Mary Higgins Clark's best book by any means.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
"My sister, Andrea, was murdered nearly twenty-three years ago, yet it always seems as though it was just yesterday." Thus Ellie Cavanaugh begins her tale and the reader is drawn into the life of this Atlanta investigative journalist who has never come to terms with the murder of her sister, a murder she assumes partial blame for because she covered for her fifteen-year-old sister by not telling their parents that Andrea was secretly meeting handsome rich kid Rob Westerfield.
When Rob Westerfield, the convicted killer, comes up for parole twenty-three years later, Ellie returns to Westchester, New York, the scene of the crime, hoping to prevent his parole. She is, however, up against a rich and powerful family that is able to now produce an eye-witness that will clear the family's name. Ellie fights back with a website outlining all the reasons Westerfield should remain in prison. Many people want Ellie and her website stopped and one person is willing to kill again to accomplish this.
Ellie is one of Mary Higgins Clark's more sympathetic heroines. Like most MHC creations, she is a dedicated career woman. But unlike the others, Ellie is isolated. She has lost her sister and her mother because of the tragedy and is estranged from her father. Her only confidante is her boss in Atlanta. Even her childhood acquaintances still in New York think it is time to quit carrying a grudge---Westerfield has served his time, let him be.
When evidence starts to mount that Rob Wessterfield is really innocent and the crime was commmitted by another, Ellie swings into high gear to find the answers once and for all so that she can truly put the past to rest.
Can Ellie uncover the truth? Will the need for vengeance blind her? Will others deceive her?
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning Suspense April 19, 2002
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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More About the Author

If I were to define myself in one sentence, I would say, "I'm a nice Irish Catholic girl from the Bronx."

I was a Christmas Eve baby all those years ago, the second of the three children of Nora and Luke Higgins. Mother was pushing forty when they married and my father was forty-two. My older brother was named Joseph. Nineteen months later I, Mary, was born. Three and a half years later, my little brother, John, came along.

We lived in a very nice section of the Bronx on a street off Pelham Parkway. I loved our house. I still love it. After my father died, when I was eleven, my mother had to sell it.

I went to Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School. Two years ago I went back and was Principal for a Day. Escorted by two of the tiniest children, I was led into the auditorium while the whole student body sang "Hello Mary. You're back where you belong." I still tear up thinking about it.

I was awarded a scholarship to Villa Maria Academy which is in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, otherwise I couldn't have afforded to set foot in it.

I went to Woods Secretarial School and at eighteen had my first full-time job as Secretary to the creative director of Remington Rand's in-house advertising agency. If I were making that choice now I would have gone to college even though God knows we needed the income. On the other hand the three years I spent in Remington Rand was a tutorial in advertising which served me well when I was widowed with five small children. Another plus was that I left Remington to be a flight stewardess with Pan American Airways and when my contemporaries were seniors in college, I was flying to Europe, Africa and Asia.

Warren Clark and I were married on December 26, 1949 and had five children in the next eight years; Marilyn, Warren, David, Carol and Patricia. Warren died of a heart attack in 1964. The highest compliment I can pay my kids are that they are like him.

I sold my first short story when I was twenty-eight. It was alled 'Stowaway'. It had been rejected forty times before a magazine in Chicago bought it for one hundred dollars.

My first book was about George Washington. It was published in 1969 and disappeared without a trace. Three years ago Simon and Schuster co-published it with the Mount Vernon Historical Society and retitled 'Mount Vernon Love Story', it became a bestseller.

My first suspense novel 'Where Are the Children' was bought in 1974 for three thousand dollars by Simon and Schuster. Thirty-three books later, I'm still with S&S.

Time to wind up - at least for the present. As soon as I sold 'Children' I enrolled in Fordham College. Went there for five years at night and earned a B.A. in Philosophy. Summa cum laude, if you please.

I never thought I'd marry again but ten years ago I threw a cocktail party on St. Patrick's day. My daughter, Pat, urged me to invite John Conheeney. Her opening words about him were, "Have I got a hunk for you!" He came to the party and we were married eight months later.

I'm Honorary Chairman of FraXa Research. My grandson, David, has the Fragile X syndrome, which is the second leading cause of retardation after Downs Syndrome. Basically the brain of the people who have it can't send out the proper signals because there's a kind of short circuit in the synapses that carry the signals. We raise money for research with the goal of finding a medication that will work around that short circuit. I go all over the country to the fund-raisers as new chapters of FraXa are opened.

I'm always asked to name my favorite book. They're ALL my favorites. If there is one book that is very special to me, it is my memoir 'Kitchen Privileges' because writing it made me relive my early life including those first struggles to become a writer. I think 'Kitchen Privileges' is both tender and funny and it's me.

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