Friday, February 6, 2009

Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark

Fifteen year old Andrea Cavanaugh never returned home after a night of studying at a friend's house. The following morning, Ellie, Andrea's younger sister, found her body in the secret hideout on the Westerfield estate. Rob Westerfield, the good-looking boy with a flair for violence and Andrea's boyfriend at the time, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Fast forward 22 years, and Rob is up for parole. He has continually sworn his innocence, and when a new witness comes forward suggesting another boy followed Andrea into the garage that night, he has plans for a retrial. In fact, his legal team is pointing fingers at Paulie Stroebel, the boy who had asked Andrea to the Thanksgiving mixer the night of the murder.

Ellie, who's family was torn apart after the devastating lost of Andrea, now works as an investigative journalist in Atlanta. Determined to keep the man responsible for Andrea's death from being released, Ellie returns to the place that brings back haunting memories from her childhood. When she finds some new disturbing information about Andrea's death, Ellie soon learns that there is someone out there who will stop at nothing to make sure that the Westerfield name is cleared and wants to keep Ellie quiet, for good.

Waiting for the truth behind Andrea's murder to finally be revealed, readers will not be able to put this one down. It is no wonder why Mary Higgins Clark has been named the "Queen of Suspense" and I hope she never stops writing. I can't wait to pick up another one of her books.

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