Title: Daddy´s Little Girl
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Number of pages: 384 pages
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors of all times. I think I have read around 20 or more of her books and I have always liked them. Something that always caught my attention of her books is that the principal character is a strong, intelligent and independent woman, that one way or the other has to seek for the truth.
This book is a bit different from the ones I am used to read from this author. The structure is different. It is written in first person by Ellie, who tells the story of her family and her life. Her life was marked by the murder of her older sister, Andrea, when she was only 7 years old. Her sister of 15 years old was found dead in the garage of the rich family of town. Ellie, was the one who found her, when she realized she didn´t come home in the night she went to find her. It was thanks to her testimony that the killer was sent to prison.
Even though that justice was served her family didn´t recover from the tragedy. Her parents split up, and her mother became an alcoholic. This experience forms the person she has become. An independent and strong woman, that has always believed that if she was the one dead her parents wouldn´t have felt it so much.
With this story the author shows us that murder doesn´t affects the victim only but a lot of people.
After 20 years in prison, the man who killed her sister is going to be released and Ellie, investigative reporter now, comes to town to avoid that from happening. Nevertheless, someone out there isn’t happy about her decision and will do anything to stop her.
I must admit that I am not very fond of books written in first person, but I have to tell that I really enjoy this one. There is a way in which Mary Higgins Clark writes that makes you feel all the anguish, sadness and fear in the voice of Ellie. You like her from the beggining and makes you dislike a lot of other characters.
The books is structured with flashbacks to tell the story of Andrea and Ellie`s family, while mixing it with the investigation she is following now. I like this resource of flashbacks, as when you start wondering what happened a flashback tells you that part of the story making the story flow naturally. In difference from other books you know since the beginning who killed Andrea and that he is in prison. You might have the idea that he was wrongly convicted and you keep waiting to a clue that indicates someone else did it.
You can´t avoid to be intrigued about the story and the characters. There is a high dose of psychology of the characters and that is something I like. I need to know why the do or think how they do. Although sometimes I do feel like the story advances in slow pace.
This is my opinion but I would like to know yours 🙂