Daddy's Little Girl

Daddy's Little Girl

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Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark, Jan Maxwell


Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister was murdered near their home in New York's Westchester County. It was young Ellie's tearful testimony that put Rob Westerfield, the nineteen-year-old scion of a prominent family, in jail despite the existence of two other viable suspects. Twenty-two years later, Westerfield, who maintains his innocence, is paroled. Determined to thwart his attempts to pin the crime on another, Ellie, an investiga-tive reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, returns home and starts writing a book that will conclusively prove Westerfield's guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer.

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ISBN-13: 9780792798828
Publisher: AudioGO
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 7.46(w) x 7.54(h) x 1.65(d)

About the Author

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-seven suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, and Every Breath You Take with bestselling author Alafair Burke. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.


Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 24, 1929

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979

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Chapter 5

Wherever Ellie went, she felt in the way. After the nice detective left, she tried to find Mommy, but Mrs. Hilmer said that the doctor had given her something to help her rest. Daddy spent almost all the time in his little den with the door closed. He said he wanted to be left alone.

Grandma Reid, who lived in Florida, came up late Saturday afternoon, but all she did was cry.

Mrs. Hilmer and some of Mommy's friends from her bridge club sat in the kitchen. Ellie heard one of them, Mrs. Storey, say, "I feel so useless, but I also feel as though seeing us around may make Genine and Ted realize they're not alone."

Ellie went outside and got on the swing. She pumped her legs until the swing went higher and higher. She wanted it to go over the top. She wanted to fall from the top and hit the ground and hurt herself. Then maybe she'd stop hurting inside.

It had stopped raining, but there still was no sun and it was cold. After a while, Ellie knew that it was no use; the swing wouldn't go over the top. She went back into the house, entering the small vestibule off the kitchen. She heard Joan's mother's voice. She was with the other ladies now, and Ellie could tell that she was crying. "I was surprised that Andrea left so early. It was dark out, and it crossed my mind to drive her home. If only..."

Then Ellie heard Mrs. Lewis say, "If only Ellie had told them that Andrea used to go to that garage that the kids called 'the hideout.' Ted might have gotten there in time."

"If only Ellie..."

Ellie went up the back stairs, careful to walk very quietly so they wouldn't hear her. Grandma's suitcase was on her bed. That was funny. Wasn't Grandma going to sleep in Andrea's room? It was empty now.

Or maybe they'd let her sleep in Andrea's room. Then, if she woke up tonight, she could pretend that Andrea would be coming back any minute.

The door to Andrea's room was closed. She opened it as quietly as she always did on Saturday mornings when she'd peek in to see if Andrea was still sleeping.

Daddy was standing at Andrea's desk. He was holding a framed picture in his hands. Ellie knew it was the baby picture of Andrea, the one in the silver frame that had "Daddy's Little Girl" engraved across the top.

As she watched, he lifted the top of the music box. That was another present he had bought for Andrea right after she was born. Daddy joked that Andrea never wanted to go to sleep when she was a baby, and so he'd wind up the music box and dance around the room with her and play the song from it, singing the words softly, until she dozed off.

Ellie had asked if he did that with her, too, but Mommy said no, because she was always a good sleeper. From the day she was born, she'd been no trouble at all.

Some of the song's words ran through Ellie's head as the music drifted through the room. "...You're daddy's little girl to have and to hold...You're the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree...And you're daddy's little girl."

As she watched, Daddy sat on the edge of Andrea's bed and began to sob.

Ellie backed out of the room, closing the door as quietly as she had opened it.

Copyright © 2002 by Mary Higgins Clark

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book ill rate it a 10* , i cried in parts of the book. Most of the time i was on the end of the seat just waitung to turn the page and find out ! My fav ..... thumb up. XOXO
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times and i still love it! Such a suspense!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book it has great mystery recomended for +14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary higgins clark is one of the best authors i know ii fell in love with her books escpecially this one i felt how much pain ellie was in because i would have died knowing my brother was dead and i knew the killer was still alive and never convicted knowing whthw man/woman is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely awesome. She didn't let us down.
Shufly More than 1 year ago
I would not recommend this book at all. Not up to par with expectations from Mary Higgins Clark. For those who say this is an awesome book that is a real page turner and keeps you on the edge of your seat, I'm guessing they have never read Two Little Girls in Blue or Daddy's Gone A Hunting by MHC. I'm also guessing they're not avid Sandra Brown or Lisa Jackson readers. It's not a hard book to get into, it's just that you keep expecting something unexpected, and it never happens. Definitely not one of her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the premise sounded interesting; however, the plot was pretty formulaic. And the ending! It just ended right in the middle of the climax scene. Almost like a chapter was missing.
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Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books by Mary Higgins Clark, but this was by far my favorite. Ellie was just a young girl when her sister was murdered. Now years later the man who went away for her murder is getting out of prison. On a road filled with danger, Ellie is on the search for more evidence against Rob that will get him sent back to prison. This story was a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and a families love. The dedication that Ellie shows is what really made this book. She was just a young girl and was put through so much bad and now she is grown and still lives daily with the knowledge of her sisters death. No matter how much danger she is in she still fights to see her sisters killer brought to justice and along the way she helps her family, friends, and other families find justice and peace as well. I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed me from page one. It kept me reading and deeply enthralled. You never know what to expect. So many books like this are so predictable that it takes away the thrill of the story. This book was not predictable and was a very well written. It was mysterious, enthralling, and captivating from start to finish....Stormi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great suspense story
kizabee More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from page one. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!
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I recommend it. Her books get better each year..
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There are missing pages on my download, and customer service did not help. Otherwise, the book is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was a fast, enjoyable read.
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As all of Mary Higgins Clark's books I was very interested right till the last page. I have never been disappointed.
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Loves_to_read_KY More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Mary Higgins Clark...but it won't be the last!! The unexpected twists and turns kept me wanting to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but is the Nook version missing the last chapter. There are so many unresolved loose ends!
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