Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

3 Stars plus bonus ½ Star for a great cover.
ARC received from NetGalley. Thank you, NetGalley!

 “It’s hard enough to maintain your innocence when so many people are so sure you’re not. It’s impossible when you’re not sure of anything at all – other than the awful, inescapable fact that you hadn’t particularly liked your own mother.”

Ten years ago L.A. teen socialite Jane Jenkins was convicted of murdering her mother. Although she’s always been the only suspect, and her mother even wrote her name in blood on the floor where she lay dying, a mishandling of evidence charge allows Jane to walk away from prison a free woman. But how free can someone be when the paparazzi, TMZ and one REALLY persistent blogger are on a manhunt to do anything from catch a glimpse of Jane’s famous face to bringing her some vigilante justice?

As always, this is a “thriller” so I can’t really tell you much without ruining everything. What I can tell you is that I really kind of enjoyed this one. I realize it makes me a more horrible person, but sometimes I like reading the “bad guy’s” perspective, and in this case Jane’s mother kind of had it coming to her. (Not that I justify murder, but every once in a while you know you think someone famous is going to snap and murder their mother, right?)

I’m fairly decent at solving the whodunit part of these types of books, so they really need a great back/side/whatever you want to call it kind of story to keep things flowing and remove my focus from the “OH MY GOD, HOW CAN YOU BE SO STUPID, IT WAS OBVIOUSLY COLONEL MUSTARD IN THE LIBRARY WITH A CANDLESTICK” kind of emotions. This one was able to do just that by having a MC with a great voice and wonderfully dry sense of humor and an interesting array of supporting characters. While it’s still no Gone Girl, this one at least could hold Gillian Flynn’s candle.

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