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Daddy's Little Girl

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  18,916 ratings  ·  891 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published April 16th 2002)
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Diane Wallace
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic read! climatic,suspenseful,very engaging,perseverance in never giving up in what you believe is the truth,just keep fighting for justice...a well written story (paperback!)
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: august-2019
2.5 Stars

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First can we start off with that title?

Daddy's Little Girl


Despite having a title that sounds like child porn, this book was Okay. It was a fast read, I just blew through it. It was Fine. I think I've read one other Mary Higgins Clark novel when I was a teenager but I can't remember the title or the plot. I only remember that it took place during winter. And I remember that book being Fine as well.

I'm not blaming this book or
 Li'l Owl
Another great book by The Queen Of Suspense! I've read many books by Mary Higgins Clark and I've never been disappointed. I'm always caught off guard by the twist near the end that I didn't see coming. I Highly recommend this, and all books by The Queen of Suspense! ...more
Jerry B
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
It started off pretty flat despite it was opened with the finding of a dead body in a garage. Ellie was just 8 years old when she found her sister dead. But, surprisingly enough, she didn't look like an 8 yo girl to me. The way she handled the situation and how she was treated, it was so hard to believe. Why she would blame her self so much about her sister's death? It's beyond normal. If I were Ellie, I would blame my self too, but not so intense like she did. After that, I would spend some day ...more
Mary Blye Kramer
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m a memoir addict but after feeling like I’ve pretty much read every good one out there, I picked up a few suspense books. This is the first one I’ve read, ever, and I loved it. I’m a huge fan of suspense movies so it was pretty easy to get into this genre of books. I would probably prefer books where the ending is more of a surprise, as in OMG, HE did it??!! But this was an original and a page turner. You’ll probably see more reviews from me on suspense novels now.
Boundless Book Reviews
I have read a few books by Mary Higgins Clark, but this was by far my favorite.

Ellie was just a young girl when her sister was murdered. Now years later the man who went away for her murder is getting out of prison. On a road filled with danger, Ellie is on the search for more evidence against Rob that will get him sent back to prison. This story was a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and a families love.

The dedication that Ellie shows is what really made this book. She was just a young girl and
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
Jul 14, 2012 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
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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-books

Recently I found Daddy’s Little Girl at Barnes & Noble while I was browsing and remembered reading it many years ago. My memory was “an excellent book”, so I bought it to re-read. Because my memory was so positive I put down a 5-star when I first came on GoodReads.

Just finished this as a re-read and now my views are:

Only vaguely remember the beginning and NOTHING ELSE. So, the positive is: it was like reading a new book. This I liked. But, the negative: Why did I forget 90% of the book? Loss of
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ellie finds her 15 year old sister dead in a garage. She knows it was Rob Westerfield, a boy from a prominent family who did it. She tells what she knows at the trial and he is sentenced to 23 years.

Now 23 years later, he is up for parole and Ellie wants to stop it.

Very good read.
Erica T
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always love Mary Higgins Clark. Great mysteries without being gory or scary. This one was a little more predictable for me than most of the others. There’s always a big twist at the end that I did not see coming, but the ending on this one did not surprise me. Still a good read.
Sarah Nessler
Jan 07, 2016 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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ellie was seven years old when her older sister Andrea was murdered. Now 23 years later her killer is up for parole and Ellie is determined that he stays in jail where he belongs. Rob Westerfield has always insisted that he was innocent of the murder but Ellie is set to prove him wrong. She puts up a website with the evidence that she uncovers which puts her own life in danger.
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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~
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub
I wanted to like this book, but the ending was too predictable. Overall, the story was lacking in suspense unless you were wondering what the protagonist's elaborate next meal was going to be. Spoiler: she usually went with the soup. ...more
Neha Azhar
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To call it a mystery would be incorrect. To call it a thriller would only be partially true. To call it an investigative crime novel with no mystery and little thrill would be accurate enough, so we'll call it that.

This is a story about eight year old Ellie Cavanaugh who discovers her fifteen year old sister Andrea's body in a garage, her head bashed in. Ellie testifies against Andrea's boyfriend Robson Westerfield in court that puts him in jail. Twenty-two years later, he's on parole, about to
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Daddy's Little Girl is not one of Mary Higgins Clark's stronger works. The slow pacing of the story is followed by a lightning quick one page wrap-up. This along with many unrealistic elements make the story a 2 to 2.5 star novel.

Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her 15 year-old sister Andrea didn't return home from studying at a friends one night. Her overprotective State Trooper father and her mother were worried and spent the night frantically searching, having sent Ellie to bed. I
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not certain I WOULD recommend it
Recommended to AJ by: The authoress
Books: 2
Chapters: 46
Pages: 291

First let me begin this review by saying that I read this book back in 2015. However, after I read a book, I always try to write out my feelings on the story when I finish. Sometimes, I’m moved to write a great deal to type up later. Other times, I just feel up to writing a very basic review. I never intended for it to take me five YEARS to get it on my GoodReads account, but it has. Obviously, by now, I don’t really remember much about the story, though someti
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my usual pick of genre, but it was a fun change of pace. A suspenseful quick read.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent - intrigue, mystery, love, family, friends. Everything you could want in a novel.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2013 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
Julie Hodgson
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this while in my new book shop, which of course is full of books..Was intrigued with Ellie and her journey to find justice for the brutal murder of her sister. I do love MHC books.
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
Aug 15, 2014 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
Monica Chin
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-eight suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his­torical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels.

Clark’s books have sold more than 100 milli

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