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  • Published: 7 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448189915
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Dear Daughter

The looks. The brains. The money. The motive?

The looks. The brains. The money. The motive?

Janie Jenkins’ mother always told her that you could get away with anything if you wore great clothes, threw great parties and gave money to charity.

It turns out she was wrong about that – Janie has just finished serving a ten year jail term for her murder.

Janie isn’t a nice person. She grew up rich, spoiled and angry and really didn’t like her mother - but she didn’t want her dead.

Now she’s determined to prove her innocence and find out what really happened on the night her mother died.

The only problem? Janie’s not totally sure that she's innocent…

'Pacy and exciting. . .TOTALLY DIFFERENT' - Clare Mackintosh

'A THRILLING, GRIPPING read' - Glamour

'DARK, SHARP and WITTY' - The Sun

  • Pub date: 7 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448189915
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Elizabeth Little

Los Angeles-based Elizabeth Little's work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she is the author of two non-fiction titles: Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic and Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages. If she isn’t writing, she’s probably watching Homeland.

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Praise for Dear Daughter

“Pacy and exciting...Totally different”

Clare Mackintosh

“Gone Girl meets Mean Girls”


“Dear Daughter has three of my favorite things in a book: a smart, damaged, unstoppable narrator with a slicing sense of humor; needle-sharp writing that brings characters and atmosphere leaping off the page; and a vivid, original plot full of satisfying twists. This is an all-nighter, and the best debut mystery I've read in a long time”

Tana French

“Dark, sharp and witty”

Emma Hunt & Claire Frost, Sun

“A really gutsy, clever, energetic read, often unexpected, always entertaining. I loved Janie Jenkins’s sassy voice and Elizabeth Little’s too. In the world of crime novels, Dear Daughter is a breath of fresh air”

Kate Atkinson

“With a narrator so unreliable you suffer from constant seasickness, and the same fizzy sense of the media tracking the case that gave Gone Girl such edge, this is the thriller of the summer… This is so damn good that it’s worth going on holiday with someone you hate, just so you can ignore them all week”

Alexandra Heminsley, The Debrief

“The real pleasure of this novel is its main character. As narrator, Janie is razor sharp, amoral and fizzing with coal-black wisecracks… A very modern and very funny take on a murder mystery”

Deidre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

“Every year a few books stand out. This is one of them”


“With a compelling cast of superbly drawn characters, a serpentine plot and crackling dialogue laced with stark, pungent asides, Dear Daughter defies you to put it down”

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

“This crime fiction début is the real deal. Unreliable narrator? Check. Plot twists? Yup. Razor-sharp writing? That, too... A thrilling, gripping read”


“A clever, witty thriller you’ll want to gobble up in one go”

Good Housekeeping

“This amazing book is like Gone Girl meets Gossip Girl - it's gonna be HUGE!”


“Clever… razor-sharp”


“A brilliant read”

Daily Express

“Scalpel sharp, plenty of twists and a feisty narrator, you won’t be able to put it down”

Woman & Home

“Clever, original, and darkly witty, Dear Daughter’s many twists will keep you on your toes as you fall under the spell of its unapologetic, whip-smart narrator”

Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

“Extremely well-written…a brilliant début…outstanding”


“What a devilish, delightful treat of a novel! Crackling with wit and shining with originality, Dear Daughter is the kind of whirlwind mystery that will keep you hooked—and guessing—until the very end”

Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

“The writing is sharp as a tack, the heroine feisty and the mystery will keep you guessing until the very last page – a corker”

Candis, Book of the Month

“A terrific page-turner...hilarious... Finally, a thriller that deserves the tag 'the new Gone Girl'”

Bookseller, 'Editor's Choice'

“I couldn't put it down!”

Julie Cohen, author of Richard and Judy choice, Dear Thing

“Elizabeth Little has created a fast-reading mystery rich in dialogue, demonstrating a special talent for great one-liners and crisp observation, and has given her protagonist enough sass and wit to complement the half-wits she has to tolerate on a daily basis as she tries to recover her memory of past events and solve a mystery where she just might be the killer”

Derek B. Miller, CWA award-winning author of Norwegian By Night

“Smart, darkly funny and packed with plot twists… Heroine Janie is an engaging and complex character… An enjoyable romp of a read which is incredibly difficult to put down”

UK Press Syndication

“Janie Jenkins [is] a snide, sharp-tongued and sparky LA bitch channeling her inner Paris Hilton”

Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

“Captivating… Sharp and dramatic – we couldn’t put it down!”


“Original and full of twists”

My Weekly

“[Janie’s] wit is bitter and devastating, her put-downs Pulitzer-worthy”


“Fresh and fizzing and original, this is such an impressive debut”


“a sassy firecracker of a crime novel”

John Koski, Mail on Sunday

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