Dear Daughter - Elizabeth Little

Dear Daughter

By Elizabeth Little

  • Release Date: 2014-07-31
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 176 Ratings


 •  Winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel  •  Nominated for the Barry and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel   •  Longlisted for the CWA John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Award

“Quick-witted and fast-paced, this debut mystery should be a hit with Gone Girl fans.” People magazine

"This is an all-nighter . . . The best debut mystery I've read in a long time."—Tana French

“A really gutsy, clever, energetic read, often unexpected, always entertaining. I loved Janie Jenkins’s sassy voice and Elizabeth Little’s too. In the world of crime novels, Dear Daughter is a breath of fresh air.”
 —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

A sensational debut thriller featuring an unforgettable heroine who just might have murdered her mother

Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.

Janie makes her way to an isolated South Dakota town whose mysteries rival her own. Enlisting the help of some new friends (and the town’s wary police chief), Janie follows a series of clues—an old photograph, an abandoned house, a forgotten diary—and begins to piece together her mother’s seemingly improbable connection to the town. When new evidence from Janie’s own past surfaces, she’s forced to consider the possibility that she and her mother were more alike than either of them would ever have imagined.

As she digs tantalizingly deeper, and as suspicious locals begin to see through her increasingly fragile facade, Janie discovers that even the sleepiest towns hide sinister secrets—and will stop at nothing to guard them. On the run from the press, the police, and maybe even a murderer, Janie must choose between the anonymity she craves and the truth she so desperately needs.

A gripping, electrifying debut novel with an ingenious and like-it-or-not sexy protagonist, Dear Daughter follows every twist and turn as Janie unravels the mystery of what happened the night her mother died—whatever the cost.


  • Just okay

    By Court.Lesley
    I originally got the book because it was compared to Gone Girl; however it is nothing like that book. I could never really get into the plot or characters. The ending was a let down
  • Terrible ending

    By peggy1969
    Really enjoyed it until the ending! What a let down:(
  • Disappointing

    By Thatonegirl71
    The book was difficult to get into, it took me 13 chapters before it really got me interested and caring about its characters. I kept reading out of mild curiosity. Then it gets to the end and then it just lets you down dramatically. It's so filled with plot holes and horribly disappointing, that it made me feel like I had just wasted my time reading the book.
  • Dear Daughter

    By BFQN
    Worst ending ever! The story was interesting until the disappointing & totally implausible conclusion.
  • Dear Daughter

    By GoGo Annie
    It was such a good read until the end. It fizzled and frustrated. Rather disappointing.