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Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
  

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A great American thriller debut. Janie Jenkins is released from prison on a technicality. Ten years earlier she killed her mother and is now determined to unravel the mystery of her last words. The world's media is inevitably on her trail as she makes a byline for a small town where the secret might reside, but Janie has the looks, the guile and the connections. A dizzy road movie of a book that paradoxically evokes The Devil Wears Prada alongside Gone Girl, this is both excruciatingly funny and gripping, a rare combination. Fast-paced, atmospheric and with a sassy under suspicion heroine who kicks ass with rapier wit, this is a wildly entertaining romp full of surprises and striking characters. A veritable hoot.

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After ten years in prison Jane Jenkins, suffering from amnesia, decides to find out if she really did murder her mother of which she was accused. Returning to her roots under a new name, Rebecca Parker, she discovers some ugly truths. She comes from a prominent, wealthy, socialite family and yet her mother came from a poor family. The secrets behind all this are nicely revealed but it’s the final twist that really makes you sit up here! Written in an easy, flowing style, it is a quick read.

If you like Elizabeth Little you might also like to read books by Sophie Mckenzie, Paula Daly and Yannick Murphy.

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Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

'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 and 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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'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

'Clever, original, and darkly witty, Dear Daughter's many twists will keep you on your toes as you fall under the spell of its unapologetic, whip-smart narrator' -- Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

'What a devilish, delightful treat of a novel! Crackling with wit and shining with originality, Dear Daughter is the kind of whirlwind mystery that will keep you hooked-and guessing-until the very end' -- Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

'Think Gone Girl meets Mean Girls' Glamour

About the Author

Los Angeles-based Elizabeth Little's work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Dear Daughter is her fiction debut. If she isn't writing, she's probably watching Homeland.

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Publication date

14th August 2014

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Elizabeth Little

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage

Format

Hardback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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9781846558160

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