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Who Killed My Daughter
Lois Duncan
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Who Killed My Daughter

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,407 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The best-selling young adult novelist recounts her daughter's mysterious shooting death and her own investigation into the crime, including her use of psychics to contact her dead child and expose the truth.

School Library Journal "Best Book of the Year"--1992
The Literary Guild, alternate selection--1992
Time-Life Digest selection--1992
ALA Best Book for Young Adults--1993
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Published September 1st 1993 by Doubleday Books (first published 1992)
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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
♥ 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
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
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.
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
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
Buffy Rochard
I was buying some Lois Duncan books for my class library when I came across this non-fiction book about her daughter's murder. That piqued my attention so I bought it and stuck it in my TBR pile where it sat for about a year. Yesterday however, it popped into my mind that I should read it... and it KEPT popping into my mind, so I dug around until I found and started it. The first line snared me:

"Our daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, was murdered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday, July 16, 1989."

Jun 24, 2011 Natalia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really want t read this book
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
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
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 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'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
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...

I feel like a chump giving this book only 2 stars, because I can't imagine what Lois Duncan and her family went through when her daughter was tragically murdered. Generally speaking in my experience when a true crime story is written by the victim or family of the victim, it tends to be underdeveloped and not terribly well written due to them not being professional writers. Because Ms. Duncan is a decorated young adult novelist, I had high hopes for this book to be both well written and heartbre ...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.
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!
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.
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.
Dec 22, 2014 Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Colleen by: English Teacher
An interesting read and my heart goes out to the Arquettes. I believe in psychics and I believe the police sometimes get a one track mind on cases or choose not to investigate uncomfortable avenues. However, I don't feel like this book made a good attempt to show both sides. I understand that it is, if there ever were a case, fairly biased in that it is written by the victim's mother. But I would have liked to have seen at least a few of the cops in a more favorable light as I just don't believe ...more
Ashton Wiley
After reading 10 pages of who Who killed my daughter by Lois Duncan, I
chose to to read it for my second book report. I chose to read/not read it for my book report because it is already intense and I would love to find out who killed Kaitlyn. Another reason I chose to read
read this book was because if I don't find out who killed kaitlyn I might just die myself. Lastly I thought that it started off amazing and also kinda abrupt which makes it confusing. Because of these reasons, I
rated the boo
Becky Galambos
I read this book for the first time in my early teens when it came out. It boggles my mind that so many years later she is still fighting to get answers. We need to change the rules that force the FBI and other investigators to wait until the local cops invite them into an investigation - the cops that need the oversight the most are the least likely to do so. I am still convinced that the truth will someday come out, and that there is nothing random about the crime. I reread the book prior to p ...more
I read this book for the first time in middle school, and of course I didn’t remember anything that it said but the title of the book remained with me. At times I didn’t even remember the author but I remembered, “Who killed my daughter?” and that it was a thick, small book with a blue cover and a girl’s picture on the front. In all reality, I probably didn’t really read or finish the book – with my parents separating for the first time and I had to move to a new city with my grandparents it was ...more
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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