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3,0 von 5 SternenNot a fan of the ending....
2. Februar 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
One time Hollywood socialite, now convicted murderer Janie Jenkins was recently released from prison. Her conviction has been overturned ten years into her life sentence for the murder of her mother as a result of mishandled evidence by the lab and Janie is free and determined to find the real murderer of her mother. Her memory of that night is hazy at best, (copious amounts of alcohol will do that to you), and with the help of her faithful lawyer Noah, Janie sheds her beautiful "it girl" persona and follows what information she gathered in prison to a tiny mining town in South Dakota. Mining truths from lies and digging into the past, Janie uncovers shocking revelations about not only her mother, but herself as well. I have to say, this book started out slow for me. The whole first half really seemed to drag with not so much going on, it was a struggle y'all. The second half picked up tremendously and really kept me engaged, lots of discoveries and increasingly building tension. The ending was for sure a shocker, I really didn't see that coming, but I was so dissatisfied with how Janies story was wrapped up. I mean, seriously?! I don't want to give away any spoilers for all of you who haven't read it yet, but it really didn't do any justice to the plot line in my opinion. What I did enjoy about the book was Janie as a character. She was the perfect combination of crass sarcasm and dry humor, which was entertaining to say the least. The plot, though slow to get started, was solid with lots of secrets and hidden truths (essential material for any good mystery/thriller). I did enjoy the small town characters and the sexual tension between Janie and Leo was well written and fun to read. For the most part this was a fairly good read. I still think Little could have given Janie a better ending but I enjoyed the story overall.
I thought his book looked very interesting. I had hoped for a really good mystery. However I could not get past the crude and foul language whenever the main character opened her mouth or had a thought. I realize her character required it when you understand her upbringing and incarceration. I get that. The problem for me was I had no idea what I was getting until a few pages into the book. I guess I should have tried the sample offer. Maybe this author can write a great story but I’ll never know. Sorry Elizabeth Little.
Here’s what you want to know about this book: it’s good. Here’s what else you want to know: you won't like the main character, Jane(ie) Jenkins.
Jane is bitingly sarcastic, razor sharp, and out to prove the system wrong. In all honestly, she was probably written to be UN-likable, and so succeeds in that department.
So how can a book be 'good' while at the same time leaving you with a bitter taste in your mouth about the main character? Simply put, the author has such a finely tuned feel for words. For example, ‘speculative glint’is a turn of phrase that has stuck with me...and don’t even get me started on the sublime verbs scattered throughout: bellowed, jammed, jangled, mashed, swelled, swarming…for someone who likes plot and story as much the delicate sound and deeper meaning of words, reading DEAR DAUGHTER proved to be a plethora of fun.
Here's what you might *not* like: too many f-bombs.I get it's all about character, etc. but there was just a time when "enough was a enough, already."
But here's what you *will* like: The wild goose chase of finding more evidence, hitting up small South Dakota towns, getting enmeshed in small-town politics and social strata proves to be tediously glorious, and bodes well for someone like Janie Jenkins who thrives on drama. Of course, there are abandoned houses and mirrored sister towns that intrigued the old house buff in me.
And then ending...well, you might not like that, either. Or maybe you will. Seems the harder one tries to prove you wrong, the easier it becomes to make it right. Right?
DEAR DAUGHTER is edgy. It's smart. It’s a mind-twist of psychological suspense that will leave you a bit flat (really?), and perhaps still puzzling things out.
5,0 von 5 SternenShe was mean for the fun of it and could manipulate any person she came ...
12. Mai 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
What a debut from Elizabeth Little! I cannot wait to read more from this author.
Janie Jenkins was the girl every guy wanted to get with and every girl wanted to be. She was mean for the fun of it and could manipulate any person she came across. She was the 'It Girl" in her hometown until she was convicted of murdering her equally-beautiful, high-society, charitable mother. The night of her mother's murder is a blur to Janie and she cannot honestly say whether she did or did not kill her mother, but she's ready to find out for sure when, ten years later, she gets released from prison on a technicality.
Janie's former fame has not helped her life after the murder and her release from prison seems to infuriate some, especially one man who has taking it upon himself to ask the public's help in tracking Janie's every move after her release. With the press, reporters, and a self-proclaimed detective wanted to document her every move, Janie decides to go undercover and attempt to solve the mystery that surrounds her mother's death. As Janie digs ever deeper into her mother's muddled past, she begins to question if she ever actually knew the woman who raised her.
Did Janie kill her mother or is the murder still out there living the life Janie used to crave? Will Janie choose to slip away into a life of anonymity or risk it all for the truth and a chance to clear her name?
3,0 von 5 SternenGreat character, but that ending...
30. Mai 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Fascinating protagonist. Great, consistent voice.
Well plotted tension.
That ending, though. Needed another 20 pages or so to fully complete the character arc. Ending itself was a little too pat, and waaay overly realistic considering the tone of the rest of the book. Bad girls may get punished, but we read about them because we want to escape into a world where they don't have to be.