Dear Daughter; Elizabeth Little
Viking - 2014
Dear Daughter tells the story of Hollywood "It Girl", Jane Jenkins who served 10 years in prison for murdering her mother, Marion Elsinger, a high society beauty and philanthropist who has had numerous husbands over the years.
Jane, as a teen was spoiled rotten and totally out of control, often appearing in the media for some drug or alcohol offense. Now at 27 and newly released from prison on a technicality for evidence mishandling, she immediately goes into hiding. She is a woman on a mission, determined to find her mother’s killer, although the night of her mother’s murder she was heavily under the influence.
Jane changes her appearance, leaves town and recreates herself. Even her lawyer isn't sure where she is. With only a vague memory of a conversation she overheard her mother having with a man the night of the murder, she headed to two small mining towns in South Dakota, to get to work. However, once she begins asking questions she quickly learns that she’d better be careful or she could even be a target like he mother.
Our protagonist Jane (Janie) is what makes this novel a treat. She’s a spunky, in your face kind of person, she’s very vain and knows how to turn on the charm when it’s to her benefit, but she is very witty and funny as well and that’s what this novel so good. Imagine an in your face Beverly Hills girl in small town South Dakota looking for a killer. It makes me laugh just thinking about it. Although a lot of what happens in this novel seems very unrealistic, it’s fiction, and if you can allow yourself to suspend belief, you will be rewarded for your efforts.
Dear Daughter is a multi-layered mystery with a protagonist you won’t forget. Although not all of the threads are completely tied up, the ending did not disappoint, and it left me wondering if a sequel might be in the works. Elizabeth Little is a new author with talent who knows how to create interesting and quirky characters, I’ll be looking out for more books by her moving forward.
(book received from published)