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Who Killed My Daughter?

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  1,755 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
The story of a mother's search for the truth behind her daughter's death shows how she was able to uncover information that the police could not.
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Delacorte Press (first published 1992)
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Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
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
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol Kean
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All too familiar, all too sad: the police ignore leads, maybe due to intimidation from the local mafia, and a murder case goes cold. Sounds like Lois Duncan, her husband and family members went out on a limb to investigate leads, doing the work of the police. Why do I believe her version of this scenario? Because it happened to my own family. Julie Benning, Iowa Cold Case # 7600382. Forty years later, citizens and family members are still asking questions and chasing down leads, while the police ...more
Buffy Rochard
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."

Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-info
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
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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
Edwina Callan
Author Lois Duncan's daughter was murdered over 25 years ago.
The killer or killers have never been found.

This book details the shoddy police-work by investigators who just want to wrap it all up and close the case ASAP ... Lois and her family do more work gathering information than the police do, and, of course, the police pay no attention to anything they are given or told.
This book will not only break your heart, it will make you furious.

Praying that one day this family will find justice and c
Jun 24, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really want t read this book
Katie Fitzgerald
Lois Duncan died last week, and in reading tributes to her writing career, I learned that her youngest daughter, Kait, was murdered at the age of 18. I became intrigued by the fact that a writer of thrillers and mysteries was also involved in a real-life unsolved murder mystery, so I checked out the last remaining copy of this book from one of the local library systems. Much like the Serial podcast, this book does not draw any definitive conclusions. Instead, it lays out the case as Lois Duncan ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I got pretty far in this book before I had to call it quits. It is by far the strangest book of its kind I've ever read.

Lois Duncan's 19-year-old daughter was suddenly killed on the way home from a friend's house. The police called it a drive-by shooting. Lois is convinced it was a big conspiracy orchestrated by the Vietnamese mob, who hired Hispanic hitman to silence her daughter. Why? Because her daughter's boyfriend had been involved in two faux car accidents for insurance money--a scam so pr
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sophmore-year
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
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
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
Theresa Sivelle
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Feb 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nikki Eddy
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a total trip! Not something I would normally read, but it was assigned to me for a class once. Great book for the beach...
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Amelia Keldan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been an enthusiastic reader of Lois Duncan's books all throughout my teen years, I was shocked to discover she had lived through her own real life murder mystery. Not being an American and having not ever heard of this tragedy until recently, it was only due to the power of the internet that I found out this tragedy had even occurred. Lois writes well and the story unfolded much like her other novels. Like others have mentioned, the verbatim transcripts of the automatic writing was a litt ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true crime story of an 18 year old girl, who was murdered in her car. Her boyfriend was involved in illegal activities and she wanted out of the relationship. Her parents have spent years working with law enforcement in Albequerque, without a resolution. They have it narrowed down to a few suspects but the killer(s) are free men. I was mortified at the back-biting that goes on between FBI and local law enforcement, which is why some cases like this slip through the cracks. This should have bee ...more
This story is very interesting but complicated at the same time. Its obviously no random accident that a mother's 18 year old daughter was shot in the head driving home. It is very tragic and dark but it has it's ways when it comes to the 'hard' parts to read in the story. It involves suicide attempts, gory imagines, and depression. I wouldn't recommend it if you are easily triggered by these things specifically but its not life changing dramatic. It's really just a simple yet tragic and awful s ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, wom-2017
nonfiction account of a mother's quest to understand why her daughter was murdered.
Kati Polodna
Such high hopes but ultimately I felt unsatisfied and frustrated, and very sorry for Lois as I can't imagine her grief (especially because the case is still unsolved).
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much woo-woo psychic stuff.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not really a fan.
Jerald Hoskelis
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish, Not my kind of book!!
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was 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 grew up in Saraso ...more
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