Who Killed My Daughter?
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Who Killed My Daughter?

by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,199 ratings  ·  132 reviews
The story of a mother's search for the truth behind her daughter's brutal death shows how one woman uncovered information that an entire police force could not and proved that the death was anything but random. National ad/promo. Tour.
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Delacorte Press (first published 1992)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Who Killed My Daughter?, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Who Killed My Daughter?

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,078)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
♥ Marlene♥
I am re reading and because of that discovered I did not review this book. Well not on GR so I've copied my old Boockrossing journal entry..

on Saturday, August 06, 2005 I wrote about this book:

6 out of 10
Finished the book yesterday. I have to say it was a very interesting read although at the end I started to get a little bit bored (blushing)
It has a lot of talk about reincarnation and Lois Duncan s special talks with paranormal people, not that I mind cause its interesting but I can't stand it...more
Ariel
I was waiting for my daughter in the library one day and this book caught my eye. I started it while waiting for her because I had vaguely remembered hearing something about the case. The book is by Lois Duncan, a very famous author whose daughter was murdered when she was eighteen. How you feel about the book probably depends on how you feel about past lives and psychics. This was kind of a frustrating book to read. The initial pages hook you in and then there is page after page of psychic mumb...more
Eden
Who Killed My Daughter? is the true story of Lois Duncan's daughter's murder.
In July of 1989 Eighteen year old Kaitlyn Arquette was chased and shot to death. The police believe it was a random shooting, but the Arquette family believes it was because she knew somethings she shouldn't of. This is book is about her death, the investigation surrounding it, the events following her death and the family searching for the truth of why Kaitlyn was murdered.

This is the first book I've read by Lois Dunca...more
Laren
I grew up reading books for young adults by Lois Duncan. So when I saw her name in the true crime section as an adult I had to pick it up. Unfortunately, this is a very personal story for her about the murder of her daughter, and the efforts to find the killer(s).

Usually true crime authors have a peripheral bearing on the story. Here our author was front and center, which made for a very different perspective on the crime. She recounts their attempts at working with the police, detectives, and...more
AnnaBnana
I chose this book from a list of nonfiction for my Adult Pop Lit class because I read a lot of nonfiction, but have never read true crime before. I'm sort of surprised I haven't as I tend to really enjoy things like Forensic Files and Unsolved Mysteries.

Anyway, for class, I'm thinking about why readers might like this kind of book...personally, I'm drawn to the process and the puzzle. I think it's so interesting how crimes are solved and the amazing things we can do with technology and scientif...more
Laura
It was a very sad story. The extended transcripts of reading from psychics was a little much for me. I probably would have enjoyed it more if Duncan paraphrased or summarized what the psychics said instead of having to wade through each reading. Still, it must have been a horrible experience beyond imagination for this family to endure...and the botched police investigation is infuriating.
Natalia
Jun 24, 2011 Natalia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really want t read this book
Joelle
This book is amazing! I absolutely loved it! It was recommended to me by my sisters and mother who have all read it and loved it. The story is so sad and interesting, it captivates the reader the whole 400 pages. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
The book is written in the mother’s point of view and is a non fiction book. Lois Duncan, the author, writes about her eighteen year old daughter, Kaitlyn, being murdered. And her tragic journey to figure out who murdered her daughter. She t...more
Juliette
I had no idea that Lois Duncan, bestselling young adult author, used to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I also had no idea that her eighteen year old daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, was murdered in downtown Albuquerque in 1989, and that the case is still unsolved. This true crime memoir is terrifying and fascinating. Duncan's search for her daughter's killer (killers?) includes the discovery of a possible Vietnamese gang connection, car accident scams, interstate drug trafficking, psychics, shoddy...more
Indra
I would probably give this a 3.5. I found it riveting, imagining the daily reality of what this family went through while they tried to cope with this murder...my heart goes out to them, and I hope they are able to find justice for Kaitlyn. A lot of people might not get into the psychic aspects of the story, but I had no problem with them and found them interesting...it's amazing how one's mind opens about these things when they lose their own loved ones. Many of the coincidences she pointed out...more
Noor Rasool
Louis Duncan's, Who Killed my Daughter was an extremely touching story. It expresses a mother grief as she mourns her 18 year old who was shot in an 'freak accident'. However, having three gun shots perfectly aimed at Kaitlin, shows that it was no way an accident. In the book, Louis Duncan shares the story of her daughter death and how the police did almost nothing to help. They didn't want to be involved in a case like this, so they basically dropped it. Louis then turns to people who have spec...more
Mary
Jun 18, 2014 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes true crime
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
With a promise to see her family later, eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Arquette rushed out the door into the balmy midsummer evening. Little did Kaitlyn's mother, Lois Duncan realize that those were the last words she would ever hear her daughter speak. On July 16, 1989, Kaitlyn was shot to death as she drove home from a friend's house along a deserted strip of New Mexico highway. The police concluded that it was a random shooting - even though it showed all the earmarks of a professional hit...

Kaitl...more
Theresa Sivelle
What a great heart wrenching book. As I mother I just can't imagine going through having one of my children murdered, and then to have the law enforcement be so inept and wrong, unbelievable. In searching the internet it seems that as of 2007 they still didn't have the answers and both the local law enforcement and the FBI were involved in cover-ups or just terrible work, I'm not sure which or maybe a bit of both. A good read though.
Trisha
May 06, 2011 Trisha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my mom
an amazing book and so hard to put down!

I didn't think I knew any of the story before I started reading the book, but I am (and always have been) an avid watcher of Unsolved mysteries and immediately knew I KNEW THE STORY!

I'm still stunned by the break down of the police and the injustice of the system (how can that many people work AGAINST finding the truth!)
I'm so glad I read this book.

My Mom MUST read this book!
Gina
While the genre seems to be true crime, as an author and her family try to learn more about the circumstances surrounding her daughter's murder, a good portion of the book is devoted to the many psychics contacted, with their readings, and psychic phenomena experienced by the family members. A quick, interesting read, though it does not inspire a lot of confidence in the criminal justice system.
Rhonda
May 30, 2009 Rhonda rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rhonda by: Ramona Marten
Shelves: read-2009
This is the story of mother's journey grieving her daughter's death. I was never sure if it was supposed to be a story about what happened, an investigation into what happened, a case against the police who followed up on the case or thoughts on spirituality. It did some of all of these, but none really well. And when it was done I wanted more closure.
Stacia
I loved Lois Duncan's books when I was in junior high. I was surprised to see she had written a true crime book, and decided to read it.

The book is about the murder of Duncan's teenage daughter. It's a well-written portrayal of the grief of a horrible loss, plus the increasing frustration and anger of parents watching as the investigation is handled badly and then dropped altogether.

The reason for the two stars is that the book is not written solely by Duncan. She includes very long passages of...more
Leslie
I would probably give this book a 4.5. I thought this book was a the best one that Lois Duncan wrote because it happened to her and in the book her daughter, Kaitlyn was shot. The police barely investigate it and they don't follow up on tipsters or want help from Kaitlyn's mother because they think she is too emotional and doesn't know what she is talking about. So Lois, Kaitlyn's mother takes the situation into her own hands. She gets additional help from a reporter who agrees with her that th...more
Mari
Well i'm not all the way done with it but pretty close. This book is probably the best book i've read in awhile. It's about this mother who is the author, her daughter Kait gets gunned down and she goes to the hospital and her mother finds out she's in critical condition. She calls all of her sons and daughters to come up to the hospital to tell them what has happened and to say their last goodbyes. After they get home from the hospital all of her kids spend the night at her house and all stay i...more
Amy Y.
The book Who Killed My Daughter is about this real-life event of author named Lois Duncan who tries to find out who killed her daughter. It all started when her 18 year old daughter wanted to stay over at her friend's house. Lois agreed to it. She later gets a call from the hospital that her daughter has been shot in the head 2 times. Heartbroken, she automatically knew that her daughter was going to die. She consulted with her daughter's boyfriend Doug and several cops. They come into conclusio...more
Heather
This is the second time I have read this book by Lois Duncan - this edition has new updates on the continuing investigation behind the murder of Duncan's youngest daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, in 1989. It is the heartwrenching journey that Duncan's family underwent as they faced this tragedy. Duncan, her husband, and four other children all add pieces to the puzzle surrounding Kaitlyn's death throughout the book; Duncan even meets with several psychics and has contact with her daughter through thi...more
Hava
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Amy
This true story of the unsolved murder of Novelist Lois Duncan's 18 yo daughter Kaitlin grabbed me from page 1 and kept my attention half way through the book. The second half, however was bogged down with so much speculative detail from psychics and the author I found myself skipping over some of the psychic encounters.

There is much to enjoy about this true story, while "enjoy" is probably not the best word. Duncan is a gifted storyteller and unlike some first person accounts, she writes with a...more
Jamey Knight
It is really hard to write a thoughtful review of this book--my feelings about it are so difficult to put into words. Loos Duncan has been one of my all-time favorite authors since I was about 8 or 9 years old and I continued to enjoy her fiction immensely throughout my adulthood. I have read this particular book probably at least 15 times, and I just re-read it again in order to refresh my memory regarding the details in anticipation of the long-awaited follow-up that is expected to be released...more
Maria M. Elmvang
This was a very difficult book for me to read for several reasons.

First of all, I knew even before starting the book that it would supply me with no answers. I was afraid that would make for a frustrating read, and I was partly right, but on the other hand it probably also spared me an even greater frustration of turning the last page and not getting the information I wanted.

Secondly, what a horrible, horrible situation to be in! Of course I know that it's written from a slanted viewpoint, but I...more
Shelley
The stuff of nightmares, honestly. I first read this when I was in junior high and it always stuck with me, but I don't think I really understood it as a true story - it honestly reads like one of Lois Duncan's novels, only the heroine is terrorized and murdered instead of saving the day.

This time around, I went straight to the internet to see if the case had been solved. 18 years later, it has not. However, they've been working with PIs and tipsters, and now that the Albuquerque corruption is...more
Jennifer Short
I don't usually like true crime books written about a case that hasn't been solved, but this book was great. The author writes in a way that is very comfortable and easy to follow, she provides enough information that you feel like you're experiencing everything with her, yet it's not so technical that you get bored or distracted, and the book really felt like it had a solid, logical ending despite the fact that the case is still unsolved.

I enjoyed the information she provided about the psychic...more
Catherine
I must have been living under a rock to not know that Lois Duncan's daughter was murdered in 1989. I've enjoyed her YA fiction for many years.

This story is an incredibly sad and real account of her attempt to deal with her daughter's murder and to try to get the APD to help find the murderers. I am saddened that the APD dropped the ball over and over again - they acted like they didn't even care about solving this case.

I understand why Duncan included the passages from the psychics, but some o...more
Preston Mattix
This book was very very sad and inspiring. Lois Duncan had to go through burying her daughter and then trying to find the killer! This book was very well written and surprisingly true! So I just want to say my heart goes out to the family of Kaitlyn Arquette and I hope you have the chance to read this book!
Becky
I know, I know - but who among you hasn't gone through a Lois Duncan phase as an angry, misunderstood preteen? And did you know that this happened? Tragic! I was even impressed enough to go to the website, but don't want to spoil it so I won't disclose my results. I have this book stashed in the backseat of my car with about 5 other books, some random gloves and plenty of candy bar wrappers. It's great to take out when I'm stuck eating in a restaurant by myself, particularly Burger King though I...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 69 70 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
REAL? 5 32 Feb 02, 2012 05:54AM  
Akins Hollis Engl...: SSR 1 2 Nov 04, 2011 08:18AM  
  • Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives
  • Murder In The Heartland
  • Before He Wakes: A True Story of Money, Marriage, Sex and Murder
  • Pure Murder
  • Cruel Deception
  • Mommy's Little Girl
  • The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders
  • All She Wanted
  • Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk
  • After Etan: The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive
  • Mortal Danger and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #13)
  • A Beautiful Child
  • Careless Whispers
  • Son
  • Bully: a True Story of High School Revenge
  • Lethal Marriage: The Unspeakable Crimes of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
  • Shattered
  • By Their Father's Hand: The True Story of the Wesson Family Massacre
26819
Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but gr...more
More about Lois Duncan...
Stranger with My Face I Know What You Did Last Summer Killing Mr. Griffin Down a Dark Hall Summer of Fear

Share This Book