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Overview 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, nineteenyear-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.
Reviews This enthralling story is a first person narrative told by Ellie Cavanaugh, the 30year-old survivor to a murder that devastated her family when she was only 7. She is now an investigative reporter, and has twice gone to the parole board to fight the parole of the man convicted of the brutal murder of her big sister Andrea. For 23 years, she had been convinced her sister's murderer was in prison, but now he, and his extremely wealthy family, are fighting to prove her wrong.
This story twists as Ellie researches the murder, with several episodes along the way that could have turned out much nastier. The episodes only convince her that her research is bearing fruit, and it comes to a powerful conclusion.
There was only one area that was never cleared up for me, but it would probably have been a dangling teaser regardless. (view spoiler)
Overall though, my reaction when I finished was to say out loud "Wow!"
A masterfully told story from the "Queen of Suspense", which helps to show the ways that murder and violent crime don't affect just the victim. There is a ripple effect that takes a toll on everyone. 'Daddy's Little Girl' by Mary Higgins Clark is a fabulous story filled with mystery and suspense. Mary Higgins Clark is a phenomenal author who was born December 24, 1929 and she is now 83 years old. She studied at Fordham university and has won many awards for her books. This novel is one of my favourites of Mary's collection. It is an amazing thriller that has so much suspense. Whenever I pick up this book I know I will be up for a long night of reading because this book is impossible to put down. I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The end of each chapter was always a cliff hanger. When I opened this book for the first time I had no idea where the story was going to lead to. This story has left me with a new mind, a new opinion and the craving for another one of these books. In my opinion this book is aimed for teenagers and adults. My mum and I have both read and loved this book. I could see that if a child were to read this book they might get quite confused and have trouble following the story and the characters.
The main character, Ellie, takes the audience on a fearful and surprising journey where each event is a shock. I read along as Ellie fought to get the murderer of her sister back in jail. Each page was filled with suspense and I was nervous as Ellie put herself in serious danger and faced many near death experiences. Losing all of her family at a young age has put her in a tough position. She was young and confused but as the story progresses she finds her true family once again.
Ellie always felt blamed for the death of her sister and then the cause for her family to fall apart. After Ellie's sister Andrea dies, her happy and cheerful parents have never been the same. Her mother eventually died of a broken heart after splitting up with Ellie's dad. Ellie and her father never kept in touch but something or someone seemed to bring them back together as Ellie investigated evidence of Rob Westerfeild, the boyfriend and murderer of Andrea. Rob Westerfeild was doing all that he could to get rid of Ellie and prove that what he said was true. What Ellie
didn't know but soon found out was that the murder of Ellie was not his only crime. This novel is a mystery and thriller with themes of murder, love, family, suffering, tragedy, death and loss. The themes of love and family are portrayed well throughout this story. They relate to the the extreme care and admiration Ellie had for her sister and her parents. Loss is related to her losing her sister, her mother, her father and in some way a part of herself. It was a very depressing and tragic time for Ellie and her parents' life when they experienced the loss of Andrea. This event traumatised Ellie and she could never forget it. Ellie is a very brave character who shows a lot of independence. She was a trustworthy person and showed great love and compassion for her family. The antagonist in the story was Rob Westerfeild. He was a very horrible person and his character shows a lot of bad qualities. He was a liar and a murderer who showed a different type of character to those around him. He wanted to be able to get away with his terrible crimes and still have people see him as an innocent person. Mary Higgins Clark wrote this story very well and went into great depth to give the readers a really good idea of the characters and themes. It gives a good setting for us to imagine everything that she describes clearly. It is written in first person and is read from Ellie's point of view. This way I was truly able to understand and learn all of Ellie's thoughts about her personality, fears and loves. I seriously recommend this book to other teens and adults as it is an interesting yet quick read. It is not too easy to read but it is not too difficult either. A truly amazing story that is action packed and mysterious. Even so, it was still able to send a message. Life is short, so don't waste it. Family comes first, protect them like they would protect you. "Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark is about Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her 15-year old sister, Andrea, was allegedly murdered by her rich boyfriend Robert Westerfield. Ellie feels that she is to blame for her sister's murder since she knew where and with whom her sister was during the hours leading up to Andrea's murder, yet kept quiet for fear of getting her sister in trouble.
Fast forward twenty-years where Rob Westerfield is up for parole and intends to seek a new trial to prove his innocence. Ellie, who is now an investigative reporter
and is sure of Westerfield's guilt goes back to her hometown to find more evidence against him.
I thought "Daddy's Little Girl" was an exceptional mystery that kept me guessing until the end (which was downright creepy). Ellie was also an extremely likable and memorable heroine. It was a quick and easy read. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books. This is my third Mary Higgins Clark book. I read "Two Little Girls in Blue" and "Daddy's Little Girl" within days of each other and I have to say that this is my favorite from the two. This book had sucked me in since the beginning. Not being an avid reader whatsoever, i was amazed how much this book grabbed me, and never let me go. The story-line was so approachable, and i couldn't help but to remember every little second of it, and remember it so clearly, that i could relive it whenever i felt like it.
It played out so well in my head, i could have sworn it was written for the screen. It amazed me how well i thought out every scene as a movie. I would love to know how Mary Higgins Clark pictured it, because i think my view had to have been very similar. From the look of the settings, to the look of the characters, i had perfect pictures in my mind that will never leave me.
For being the first book i have read in a long time, i feel so accomplished after reading this, that I'm destine to see a film based on this book. If there isn't one, or wont be one, we must do something about that. I have a perfect vision for every detail, and i hope to see this on the screen someday.
I give it 5 stars, hands down. Mary Higgins Clark created the perfect story with Daddy's Little Girl. From the beginning, to the end. I hope you all will enjoy this book as well. Have you ever endured a death in your family? Focus on that moment right now and multiply it by ten. That is the feeling of leaning over a loved one's body after they were murdered. Ellie was 7 years old when her sister was murdered. She has never let it go that she didn't tell her dad where Andrea was. After serving 22 years in prison though the suspected murderer is being let out and is having a trial to get his name cleared. Enraged Ellie will stop at nothing to prove that he is
guilty. She even creates her own website that tells a whole lot of bad things about Rob that happened to him in the past. This is very dangerous though and could take a turn for the worst for Ellie and some of her close friends. This was one of the very first books I read as a young teenager. Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors from a young age! Honestly, I don't remember every detail of this book, but I know I LOVED it & the suspense was incredible. Somehow, with the girls being young, it was easy to relate to. MHC always amazes me & I plan to read many, many more of her books!! I've read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark books throughout the years and this is the most different of all her books. It doesn't follow the typical Mary Higgin Clark "formula," which can get pretty predictable. It's written in the first person and she usually doesn't write in that style. I would recommend this book when you want something simple to read that doesn't involve a lot of deep thought. Another very good mystery by Mary Higgins Clark. Although we pretty much know who the criminal is at the beginning, the mystery was seeing if he would be appropriately punished for his crimes. A good sub-plot about coming to terms with your past and moving forward into the future. One of my favorites by MHC. There are three plasible suspects for the murder of Ellie's older sister and each twist has the reader second-guessing who might be the killer. The ending is great too, especially since it leaves you hanging about various character's fates until you turn the page to the epilogue. This book was okay. I have read 5 (I think) books of MHC and I have really enjoyed them, however, this one was just okay.
Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfiled, the nineteen -year-old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of twor other viable suspects. Twenty-two years later, Westerfiled, who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to thwart his attempts topin the crime on another, Ellie, an investigative reporter for an Atlanta Newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Westerfiled's guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. Wiht each discovery she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.
At first I didn't think I would like this book but once I got into it I really liked it. At the end I felt good about the outcome. I could never imagine dealing with the loss of a sister or a child. This gives a unique insight to the fight she needed to endure to protect the innocent and vindicate her sisters death. I really enjoyed this book. I would def reccomend it to anyone that wants a good read. I'm really starting to enjoy crime novels. The pages just flew by with this one. *spoilers* The whole book wants you to belive that Rob was the killer that I kept thinking he would turn out not to be. I liked Ellie and her endless serch for justice. I felt sorry for her family and how this affected them all. I would read more books by Mary.
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