Daddy's Girls [NOOK Book]

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"I THINK ONE OF DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS KILLED HIM."

For the four glamorous daughters of Lord Oswald Balcon, money can buy anything. From Fendi handbags to Ivy League educations, they live in a world of designer labels and unrestricted opulence -- their father's money and aristocratic status, coupled with their dazzling good looks, bought them every opportunity and advantage. ...
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Overview

"I THINK ONE OF DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS KILLED HIM."

For the four glamorous daughters of Lord Oswald Balcon, money can buy anything. From Fendi handbags to Ivy League educations, they live in a world of designer labels and unrestricted opulence -- their father's money and aristocratic status, coupled with their dazzling good looks, bought them every opportunity and advantage. They are beautiful, blond, and barely thirty, and the world is their luxury playground.

Venetia, the sophisticated interior designer, has booming professional success but is desperate for a child and an escape from a loveless marriage. Camilla, the rising political star, is too brilliant and ambitious for any of her unworthy lovers to handle. Sweet yet savvy Cate is living out her ultimate dream, launching her own magazine, with an all-too-handsome business partner. The baby of the family, Serena, is one of the country's most beautiful actresses, on the cusp of international stardom, but her party-girl lifestyle is bringing about more scandal than success.

The girls are the darlings of the London paparazzi, but when Lord Balcon turns up dead, the shadow of suspicion falls on his four daughters. A jealous tyrant, Daddy has tried to bring his daughters down all their lives. These four women -- at the top of their careers in show business, publishing, interior design, and politics -- must face an awful accusation, and each other, as they try to discover the truth that lies beneath the glossy surface of their lives. The facade of the Balcon family hides a web of deceit and betrayal, in which a thirty-year-old secret lurks, threatening to destroy them all.

From the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean to Manhattan's elite society circuit, from the exclusive fashion houses of Milan to the star-studded streets of Cannes, the Balcon sisters play out their lives in a whirl of glitz and the ultra chic. But as tragedy and danger stalk every one of them, the scene is set for a stunning climax.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Four daughters of wealthy Lord Oswald Balcon come under suspicion after he takes a fatal tumble in magazine journalist Perry's debut, a delightful offering for the beach set. Each daughter has a plausible motive. Actress Serena Balcon is involved with a ruthless hotelier tycoon, and her ensuing pregnancy could mean she carries the next Huntsford baron, but her father won't allow an illegitimate child to inherit the family fortune. Recently fired women's magazine editor Cate wants to put her own spin on a new upscale travel and fashion magazine, but daddy dearest tries to undermine it from the get-go. Venetia, head of a successful design company, yearns to branch out to the States, but dad, an important company shareholder, puts the kibosh on that as well. Barrister Camilla is singled out by her law firm to run for a vacant House of Commons seat, but Oswald, who has lost his seat in the House of Lords, tries to quash his daughter's political ambitions. The writing and plotting are swift, but Perry slaps on an unsatisfying conclusion and a too-pat epilogue. Still, her spicy first novel about four impossibly glam sisters and their power-driven, cantankerous father made a big splash in the U.K. and will likely do the same here. (July)

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Kirkus Reviews
Glitz is the point of British author Perry's fashion-obsessed debut, a beach read that was a bestseller in the U.K. in 2006. After his family's annual Christmas Eve gala, Baron Oswald Balcon falls from a balcony to his death. When his body is found floating in a moat on Christmas morning, Oswald's daughters are immediately suspects. The story then moves back in time several months, and the daughters' histories are relayed. It seems that ever since his wife's death, Oswald has undermined, controlled, badgered and bullied Venetia, Cate, Camilla and Serena Balcon, despite-or because of-the glory and notoriety all four have brought to the family name. Venetia, the eldest, owns a successful design firm and is married to a German aristocrat, Jonathon, selected by her father. Cate has her own travel/fashion magazine, Sand. Camilla, a winning barrister, has been tapped by the Tory party to serve in Parliament. Oswald's grudging favorite, movie star Serena, recently broke with her actor/director boyfriend Tom to dally in the higher echelons of power with vicious billionaire Michael. But Serena, pregnant by Michael, catches him in mid-orgy and dumps him. Her career nosedives. Daddy is no help-he's engaged to opera diva Maria, who threatens to produce a legitimate male heir and disinherit Daddy's girls. Bent on scuttling his other daughters' success, Oswald corners stock in Venetia's firm and mocks the fact that she has no children. Resentful of Camilla's political ambitions-his own fizzled-he threatens to divulge a "dark secret" from her past. When he's not reminding Cate that she's the ugly duckling of the family, he's discouraging potential backers of her magazine. After Oswald's death, hisghostwriter arrives to blackmail the girls with his Lordship's memoir-in-progress. The murder mystery takes up approximately the last 80 pages. Unsurprisingly, Oswald's past-the part left out of his memoirs-holds the key to his homicide, but readers may skim the obligatory clue-sifting to get to the epilogue, where Perry doles out paltry punishments and unearned rewards to her cast of puppets. Trash with little redeeming flash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416546511
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,204,824
  • File size: 562 KB

Meet the Author

Tasmina Perry is a former attorney who gave up a career in law to move into the more glamorous world of women's magazine journalism. She has written on celebrity and style for many magazines, including Marie Claire and Glamour, and most recently was deputy editor in chief of In Style (UK). She lives in London with her husband and son.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Just Okay

    I expected more of a murder mystery, but it was more about family relationships and spent a lot of time jumping from one daughter to another. Not a lot of continuity. A lot of disfunction in the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    The Daddy's Girls

    Really interesting book. Amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Great beach read, kept my interest through the entire book. Fini

    Great beach read, kept my interest through the entire book. Finished it in 4 days time, couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    Good job Tasmina!

    When I purchased this book I thought it would be a waste of money since I generally read science fiction books. Let's just say Tasmina Perry is an excellant detailed writer. This fiction book, full of drama, humor and SEX ended up being a break from science fiction. I have never read a book and got so horny from just reading the words on the page. Wow!

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    Engrossing!

    I read this book while in Malloca Spain for two months. I could not put the book down, and spent many nights going to bed at four a.m. I wanted it to go on; felt totally engaged, and interested in the depth and shallowness, of the characters. Yes, an oxymoron, but an interesting one. That is why I would give this book 5 stars in all categories.

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  • Posted December 24, 2008

    I wanted to finish the book in one evening!

    Overall the book was a great read. I liked how Tasmina Perry wrote in a manner that wanted me to keep turning the pages. I liked how the descriptions of the characters were vivid. I also liked the even mix of drama, emotion, romance and interesting plot Tasmina Perry put into this book. Too much drama and romance would have easily made this book a knock of a Beverly Hills 90210 episode. The emotion in the story line led to me being able to identify with each character. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about life. This story could have easily been non-fiction.

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