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Daddy's Little Girl

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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.
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Ellie Cavanaugh was only seven years old when h
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 16th 2002 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
May 10, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imala sam to zadovoljstvo da je upoznam na sajmu knjiga u Njujorku davne 2002. i da upravo ovu knjige dobijem od nje sos autogram... A onda sam se i uslikala s njom i njenom ćerkom, takođe spisateljicom... :)
Ariel
Jul 21, 2010 Ariel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was constantly irritated by this book. I kept waiting for a "mystery" to occur...for clues to lead to the conviction of someone else like the synopsis said...but it never came. I was gravely disappointed and bored. I felt all that was wrote was how Ellie loved to go out and order expensive salmon fillets and grilled duck and how Rob was guilty and how bad Ellie felt and waaaahhhh waaaaahhhh waaahhhh. Same thing over and over and over again until the last 2 pages in which she turns all of Ellie ...more
Jerry
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Inconsistent pace and predictable ending spoil the suspense...

We're not likely to skip a novel by (mama) Clark, but this -- her 21st -- is far from her best. A good start leads into an absolute slug of a middle book, with most of the exciting action reserved for the three-page epilogue. Ironically, there is a reasonable degree of suspense to the plot, but our interest ebbed and waned so severely we might have put this down if we hadn't lined up for the hardback.

The plot revolves around Ellie Ca
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Doris
Jul 14, 2012 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This enthralling story is a first person narrative told by Ellie Cavanaugh, the 30-year-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 E
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Zézinha Rosado
Oct 16, 2013 Zézinha Rosado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido-e-trocado
Livro deveras espectacular! Muito bem escrito, a acção desenrola-se a uma velocidade vertiginosa e as personagens são muito emocionantes.
O suspense mantém-se até ao final e, uma vez mais, enganei-me no suspeito... eh eh eh!
Mary Higgins Clark é uma autora que nunca se deve deixar de ler.
Sarah
Jan 14, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another good mystery. I am not a reader who necessarily expects a book that is unpredictable. Sometimes books that are predictable are just as thrilling. I have enjoyed all of Mary Higgins Clark's works that I have ever read. This book had enormous meaning other then being a mystery, for Ellie she thought she knew her father and his feelings and after time she found out she was wrong. They worked out their differences and became a family again. She was able to obtain a new job, brought the t ...more
Siobhan
This was my first dealing with the author and if I’m honest I’m not one hundred percent sure where I sit.

The story is interesting from the start yet it is not the fastest moving book I have ever read. Whilst events are moving forward throughout I felt as though there was no real action. It was almost an account of things passing by which compared to other books in this genre was really disappointed. Overall, I really did expect much more action than I was given.

The story follows Ellie years aft
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Lee
3 1/2 stars. I unashamedly love MHC. Her books are very easy to read and play out almost like a movie in my mind. However, I marked this down by 1/2 star for the ending. It felt really rushed, as if she didn't know how to finish, or was too tired to go on. In fact, the book ends with a summary (shudder) explaining how the loose ends were tied up (a little too neatly). The other thing I didn't like about the book was its multitude of unnecessary characters. There were quite a few who were introdu ...more
Brenda
Feb 11, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y yo que creí que P.D.JAMES era mi idola !!
Mary Higgins Clark me ha hecho pasar horas desesperantes y llenas de misterio.
-Tuve miedo de recibir una parálisis facial o algo por el estilo - por los minutos que me pase con la boca abierta en la pagina 202

- Mamá, supón que me olvido y les hablo del medallón que llevaba. Intentaré no decirlo, pero si me olvido, no dejarás que me metan a la cárcel , ¿Verdad?


Casi dudo de Paulie Stroebel, ¿saben lo que significa eso?
Tirar por la borda todas mis magnifi
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Evi Yuniati
Jun 04, 2014 Evi Yuniati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
sedikit cerita. saya beli buku ini dengan harga murah versi bahasa inggris di Blok M Square lantai basement.
sudah hampir setahun lebih buku ini mengendap di lemari buku. waktu itu beli pas ada obral 10,000 kalo ga salah ingat.
waktu baca sinopsisnya saya tertarik, sepertinya buku ini bagus ceritanya. dan ternyata benar aja, waktu baca jalan ceritanya menarik.
ini buku genre misteri atau thriller yang pertama saya baca. kisah pembunuhan seorang kakak yang sebelum polisi menemukan mayatnya,
sang ad
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Rhiannon
All around, I enjoyed reading Daddy's Little Girl. I liked the simple way it was written and so it was easy to visualize the events. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the main character, Ellie. I found her to be obsessive and frankly just plain rude and careless at parts. But other than that, the book itself was quite good.
Ceci
Feb 02, 2008 Ceci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves suspence and has the time to read this book through until the end without stopping.
Recommended to Ceci by: I have been looking around for her book since my Dad (or Mom) sh
Wow. Once again, Mary Higgins Clark has drawn my attention to her books and the world she writes about. A very descriptive story, she again proves why she is the "Queen of Suspence".

A very thrilling story that keeps you hooked and wanting more. ~Ceci~
Kelly
Aug 15, 2014 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few things that I did not like about this novel, however I did appreciate the nuances within the plot, all those little details that suddenly came together were masterful.

So here I go with the negatives:

Ellie was far too dismissive, short-sighted and judgemental for me to champion at all . Throughout the whole novel she believed that Rob was the killer and regardless of any other views or opinions, she just would not budge. I didn't really like that, I wanted her to be flawed and
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Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen)
A friend of mine recommended this book. It had a synopsis that sounded interesting: The heroine, Ellie, was only 7 years old when she discovered the dead body of her 15-year-old sister. There was a handful of suspects, one of whom was convicted and imprisoned despite his steadfast denial of guilt. 2 decades later he was set free, and Ellie, unable to bear this, began writing a book, bent on proving his guilt. New evidences were unearthed ...

Sounds interesting, yeah?

Nope. It was mind-numbingly du
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Monica Chin
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Srishti
Feb 14, 2013 Srishti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars

Ellie Cavanaugh was seven when her older sister Andrea was brutally murdered. Years later when her murderer is let out after serving his sentence, Ellie is determined to prevent Rob from clearing his name by proving his guilt once and for all. But each new revelation puts Ellie closer to becoming the next victim of the killer...

One of my friends recommended this book to me. This is the first Mary Higgins Clark book that I've ever read and my verdict is it was a very uneventful book.
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Zakk
Jan 28, 2008 Zakk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, Anywhere
Recommended to Zakk by: I picked it off my Mother's bookshelf.
Note: I have the hard-cover. Just saying because i put the review on the paperback. Not like it matters. Enjoy the review.

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 i
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Kiana
May 21, 2013 Kiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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 d ...more
Spencer
Daddys Little Girl is about a girl named Ellie. She was seven years old when her sister was murdered. She was the one who found her dead body. After her sisters death her life was crazy. Her parents got divorced, and she lived with her mom. They kept moving from place to place often because of her mothers job. She did not have a normal childhood. Thirty years later the person put in jail for her murder was released. She goes back to her old home town to try to get him behind bars again. As she i ...more
Julie
Jun 27, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot how much I loved suspense books. I used to read a lot of dean koontz books when I was a teenager and this has reignited my passion for the books.

Even from the first chapter, I was all in. It was a bit scary haha so I couldn't read it at night much because the noises of my house settling were too scary. I am definitely a big kid

The story line was good, plenty of action and the characters were goods. Ellie was a bit annoying as a main character but she drove the story well. The surprise
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Maritsa
Jun 15, 2016 Maritsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daddy's Little Girl is about Ellie who was seven years old when her 15 year sister named Andrea was murdered near her house in Oldham. One night when Andrea was suppose to be at her friends house but wasn't because she was meeting a boy at her secret house were her and her friends would hang out. Ellie was blamed for sisters death by her parents because she didn't tell them about the secret house the night of her sisters death. She told them after days of looking for her. After the murder was fo ...more
Zach Paulson
Mar 29, 2009 Zach Paulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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 e ...more
Pam
Jun 12, 2016 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a little mindless schlock is just what a tired girl needs. Not a great book but I enjoyed it.
Kim
Using her investigative reporting skills, Ellie Cavanaugh returns to her hometown in Westchester, NY to stop the release of her sister's murderer after 23 years.

This book made for mild suspenseful reading. However, if Ms. Cavanaugh wasn't a fictional character, I would have smacked her upside the head for her reckless, impulsive, and unwise choices, putting herself and those close to her in danger. I found this distracting at times. As for the storyline, not impressed as I've seen similar usage
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Katelyn Kalway
Feb 15, 2016 Katelyn Kalway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark is a chilling story of murder that reaches the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind. Seven-year-old Ellie Cavanaugh has to go through the most horrific situation when her fifteen year old sister, Andrea, is murdered near their home in Oldham-on-the-Hudson, a far out little village in New York’s Westchester County. It is young Ellie’s tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the nineteen-year-old scion of a prominent fami ...more
Jean
Feb 12, 2015 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Demer
Aug 28, 2014 Chris Demer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is one of Mary Higgins Clark's best, at least from the ones I have read. I think it is somewhat different because she writes it in the first person.

A teen is brutally murdered in a small town in a "hideout" where she goes to meet an older boyfriend. He is tried and convicted and sent to prison. Twenty-two years later, he is up for parole. While many feel he has paid his debt to society (especially his wealthy parents), Ellie, who was seven when her older sister was murdered, feels deeply th
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Tina
Jul 07, 2014 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the first Mary Higgins Clark book I've read. My mom had this book years ago, and I tried reading it, but just couldn't get into it. I don't think it had anything to do with the book or writing, I just wasn't that interested in reading mysteries at that time. Now, however, I love mysteries/suspense/thrillers! I saw this at a garage sale and knew that I wanted to read it since I tried to so many years ago.

While I enjoyed this story, it wasn't the best I've ever read. I think Mary Higgins
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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