By Elizabeth Little
Summary: As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We doubled back once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San Francisco we had a girl who looked like me board a plane to Hawaii.
Oh, I thought I was so clever.
But you probably already know that I’m not.
LA IT girl Janie Jenkins has it all. The looks, the brains, the connections. The criminal record.
Ten years ago, in a trial that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she’s been released on a technicality she’s determined to unravel the mystery of her mother’s last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back of beyond. But with the whole of America’s media on her tail, convinced she’s literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent.
She knows she really didn’t like her mother. Could she have killed her?
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Dear Daughter was a thriller sort of mystery involving a famous woman accused of murdering her mother. An issue in her county with evidence tampering exonerated her, though much of the public was certain she was guilty. After spending ten years in prison, he decided to stay off the radar and discover what really happened to her mom based on a small number of clues that seemed out of place to her.
Janie wasn’t a good person whatsoever. She was selfish and awful and she and her mother both treated each other like crap, which is probably why she was such an easy target for everyone to accuse of murder. Her character was like that of Amy from Gone Girl, so reading Dear Daughter was like reading a story narrated by Amy. I thought it was kind of fun, but I do enjoy the occasional awful main character. If that point of view annoys you or you have issues reading about unlikable characters, Dear Daughter isn’t the book for you.
Jane was snarky and unlikable, but she did grow a bit throughout the story. She wanted to track down what happened to her mom and discovered that everything she thought she knew about her mom’s past and her own origins was wrong. It was interesting and full of twists and turns. I liked the mix of mystery and suspense… Jane was playing a tough game where she could’ve been outed at any minute, but took some leaps of faith and even discovered there might be a few people she could actually trust or befriend during her search.
I recommend Dear Daughter. It was slightly predictable towards the end and a little annoying given that the main character was such a frustrating It girl who thought she could manipulate the planet, but it was enjoyable and kept me guessing for the most part. It was a quick read, too. Again, if unlikable narrators aren’t your thing, I would definitely skip this one.