Book Review: Daddy’s Little Girls by Mary Higgins Clark

The Blurb

“At just seven years old, Ellie Cavanaugh lost her sister Andrea to a brutal murderer. It was her testimony that put Robson Westerfield away, but now, twenty-two years on, he is about to be released. Ellie, now a writer and investigative reporter, senses trouble and travels to her hometown just as Westerfield arrives and begins a campaign to prove his innocence. Ellie still suspects him, as does her estranged father, and both are determined to thwart his attempts. But someone has other ideas…Someone who is picking up where Westerfield left off, commiting other dangerous acts that send Ellie spiralling into a whirlwind of secrets, lies and deceit. Can she uncover the truth before a desperate killer sets his sights on her? As events reach a head, Ellie realises she might be the only person who can seek vengenance for the past…”


What I thought

I love Mary Higgins Clark! You know that – I rave about her every chance I get 🙂

In Daddy’s Little Girl, the book is narrated by Ellie Kavanagh who, as a 7 year old, found her sister Andrea’s murdered body in a hide-out in a neighbouring property. Twenty-two years later, Andrea’s convicted killer (her boyfriend Rob Westerfield) is about to be let out of prison based on some fresh evidence that casts doubt on his guilt and Ellie is determined that he should be put back behind bars. As Ellie hunts for clues and new witnesses that will prove what she always believed – that Rob did kill Andrea – she finds her own life in danger the deeper she delves.

I have to admit, that despite still loving this book (I love all her books) this is probably my least favourite out of all the ones I have read – about 13 or 14, I believe. I can’t really put my finger on why although if I was to take a guess it would be that it was pretty obvious who the murderer was right from the start, despite several attempted red herrings. There wasn’t much guess work or suspense involved. Having said that, as Ellie uncovers more and more evidence the plot picks up real pace and there are the usual cliffhangers and race-against-time’s that are the blueprint to MHC’s novels.

In summary, I really enjoyed this – as I do all her books – but it just wasn’t one of my favourites.


I read this book as part of the Queen of Suspence hosted at Tea Time with Marce (2/6)

and also as part of the R.I.P. V challenge (2/4)




10 thoughts on “Book Review: Daddy’s Little Girls by Mary Higgins Clark

  1. They are pretty mainstream, Judith, but that’s one of the things I love about her – you always know what you’re getting and it’s always good. She is my ultimate comfort reads (I can settle down with one of her books and KNOW I’m in for a great read).


  2. That is exactly why I love her also, she is consistent and sometimes you just need that in life.

    My goal is to find my favourites of her’s, i’m glad you started last year and have reviews to look at. What is your favourite of her’s so far?


    • Marce, I have loved most of them but I think probably my favourites are:

      On the Street Where you Live, No Place Like Home, The Cradle Will Fall, Where are you Now? and Nighttime in My Time.

      Fortunately I still have another 15 or so to read 🙂

      Which are your favourite?


  3. I read loads of MHC, she is really reliable. Mainstream, true. I just reviewed an author on my blog that reminded me of her a lot, Margaret Carroll, maybe you know her? She has only two books out so far. I always return to MHC when I look for a comfort read and want to stay on the safe side. Will have to look at your other reviews of her books. Where are the children? will always be one of my favourites.


  4. l was given a load of books which included a lot of MHC books and l have been reading them ever since l would say she was my favourite author and l always thought Virginia Andrews was but l am afraid to say she comes 2nd now


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