Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark

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From Mary Higgins Clark, America's best-selling "Queen of Suspense," comes a dark and chilling story of murder, and its effects years later on the man convicted of the crime and the woman who helped convict him. It is a novel that takes the reader to the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind.
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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 had a crush on Andrea; and Will Nebels, a local handyman in his forties.
It was Ellie who had led her parents to a hideout in which Andrea's body was found -- a secret hideaway in which she met her friends. And it was Ellie who was blamed by her parents for her sister's death for not telling them about this place the night Andrea was missing. It was also Ellie's testimony that led to the conviction of the man she was firmly convinced was the killer. Steadfastly denying his guilt, he spent the next twenty-two years in prison.
When he comes up for parole, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, protests his release. Nonetheless, the convicted killer is set free and returns to Oldham. Determined to thwart his attempts to whitewash his reputation, Ellie also returns to Oldham, intent on creating a Website and writing a book that will conclusively prove his guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying and heretofore unknown facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.
Gripping and relentlessly compelling, Daddy's Little Girl, a portrayal of a family shattered by crime, reflects Mary Higgins Clark's uncanny insight into the twisted mind of a killer and is further evidence of why she is America's favorite author of suspense.
 

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Mary Higgins Clark nació en Nueva York y cursó estudios en la Universidad de Fordham. Está considerada una de las más destacadas autoras del género de intriga, y sus obras alcanzan invariablemente los primeros puestos en las listas de bestsellers internacionales. Entre su ingente producción destacan, entre otras, El último adiós, No puedo olvidar tu rostro, Un extraño acecha, Por siempre mía , Pálida como la luna, Noche de paz, Testigo en la sombra, La estrella robada, La fuerza del engaño , En defensa propia, Dos niñas vestidas de azul y La misma canción.
 
Published April 16, 2002 by Simon & Schuster. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Clark's latest damsel-in-distress is a former child witness set against her teenage sister's convicted killer when he comes up for parole 23 years later.

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Writing in the first person—a rarity for this veteran author—has inspired and energized Clark. Her 21st novel of intrigue is her best in years, a tightly woven, emotionally potent tal

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Writing in the first person—a rarity for this veteran author—has inspired and energized Clark. Her 21st novel of intrigue is her best in years, a tightly woven, emotionally potent tal

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As any of us might do, Ellie ponders the "if only's" of that night --- if only she'd told her parents about Andrea's secret rendezvous, if only her father had come home earlier that night, if only her mother hadn't been so blinded by the Westerfield's wealth.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Mary Higgins Clarkís latest novel explores the degrees of guilt family members share when one of their own is murdered.

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As an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, Ellie returns to her hometown and begins a dangerous probe into the events of that night --- an intrusion that is resented by both the Westerfield family as well as many of the local residents who never believed Rob was responsible for Andrea...

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