Dear Daughter (Hardcover)

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Elizabeth Little has created a
powerhouse character in Jane Jenkins. The sharp-tongued, famous "it
girl" is out to prove to the world (and herself) that she did
not kill her mother, even after ten years of being incarcerated for
that same crime. I fell in love with Jane's darkly witty humor, but
what cinched this book for me is how masterfully the secret past of
Jane's mother is folded into the quietly sinister motivations of the
major players living in the small, twin, gold-rush towns of Adeline
and Ardelle. It's been a while since I've read a book with twists and
turns that felt so deeply satisfying and perfectly timed. Start
reading it early or you'll be up all night with this one! Also highly
recommended by McKenna, Sally & Brenda!

— Mary


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 Daughteris a breath of fresh air.
Kate Atkinson, New York Timesbestselling author ofLife 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.

About the Author

A graduate of Harvard University, Elizabeth Little is the author of the nonfiction books Biting the Wax Tadpole and Trip of the Tongue. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Praise For…

Dear Daughter has three of my favorite things in a book: a smart, damaged, unstoppable narrator with a slicing sense of humor; needle-sharp writing that brings characters and atmosphere leaping off the page; and a vivid, original plot full of satisfying twists. This is an all-nighter, and the best debut mystery I've read in a long time.”
—Tana French
“Clever, original, and darkly witty, Dear Daughter’s many twists will keep you on your toes as you fall under the spell of its unapologetic, whip-smart narrator.”
—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670016389
ISBN-10: 0670016381
Publisher: Viking Books
Publication Date: July 31st, 2014
Pages: 365
Language: English