14. Reader’s Digest Select Editions, Volume 5: Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark (2002)
The Reader’s Digest Select Editions Series Volume 5: 2002 – (Daddy’s Little Girl/Without Fail/Flight Lessons/Three Weeks in Paris)
Length: 131 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 10 February 2015
Finished: 12 February 2015
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 October 2007
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past. I also love to read Reader’s Digest Select Editions from time to time.
“Then, from somewhere in the big room, she was sure she heard someone breathing – harsh, heavy, sucking-in breaths that broke off in a kind of giggle.”
“Terrified, she tried to get up, but her knees slid in the blood and she fell forward across Andrea’s chest. Her lips grazed something smooth and cold – Andrea’s gold locket. Then she managed to scramble to her feet, and she turned and began to run.”
Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister Andrea disappeared and was later found murdered near their home in Westchester County, New York. As a matter of fact, it was young Ellie’s tearful testimony that eventually put nineteen-year-old Rob Westerfield, the scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of two other viable suspects. And for the past two decades, Rob Westerfield has stayed behind bars, although he has always proclaimed his innocence of Andrea’s murder.
Twenty-two years later, Rob, who still maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to thwart his every attempt to pin the crime on another person, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Rob Westerfield’s guilt – beyond a reasonable doubt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, Ellie begins to uncover some horrifying facts that shed a whole new light on her sister’s brutal murder. And with each new discovery, Ellie creeps closer to finally solving her sister’s murder, and putting herself in a dangerous situation – into a direct confrontation with a desperate killer.
I must say that after I read All Through the Night: A Suspense Story back in April of 2014, I wasn’t all that sure if I wanted to read another book by Mary Higgins Clark for some time. I decided to end my self-imposed hiatus by reading this particular book, though. I’m so glad that I chose to give Ms. Clark a second chance as I enjoyed this story quite a bit. I found it much more intriguing than I expected, and I would give Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark an A!
A! – (90-95%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight