Book Review: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

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Dear Bookworms,

Another mystery/thriller this week! Dun Dun Dun…..

One time Hollywood socialite, now convicted murderer Janie Jenkins was recently released from prison. Her conviction has been overturned ten years into her life sentence for the murder of her mother as a result of mishandled evidence by the lab and Janie is free and determined to find the real murderer of her mother. Her memory of that night is hazy at best, (copious amounts of alcohol will do that to you), and with the help of her faithful lawyer Noah, Janie sheds her beautiful “it girl” persona and follows what information she gathered in prison to a tiny mining town in South Dakota. Mining truths from lies and digging into the past, Janie uncovers shocking revelations about not only her mother, but herself as well. 

I have to say, this book started out slow for me. The whole first half really seemed to drag with not so much going on, it was a struggle y’all. The second half picked up tremendously and really kept me engaged, lots of discoveries and increasingly building tension. The ending was for sure a shocker, I really didn’t see that coming, but I was so dissatisfied with how Janies story was wrapped up. I mean, seriously?! I don’t want to give away any spoilers for all of you who haven’t read it yet, but it really didn’t do any justice to the plot line in my opinion. What I did enjoy about the book was Janie as a character. She was the perfect combination of crass sarcasm and dry humor, which was entertaining to say the least. The plot, though slow to get started, was solid with lots of secrets and hidden truths (essential material for any good mystery/thriller). I did enjoy the small town characters and the sexual tension between Janie and Leo was well written and fun to read. For the most part this was a fairly good read. I still think Little could have given Janie a better ending but I enjoyed the story overall.

Have any of you all read this one? What did you think?

Until next week!




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