A Sinister Letter Begins, “Dear Daughter”


thFrom the first page, I was entranced with the narrator’s voice in Dear Daughter. Convicted of killing her mother, Jane was released from prison after ten years when the accuracy of the DNA used to convict her was determined to be contaminated. Prison didn’t destroy Jane’s sense of humor, and her witty observations made her a charming, and seemingly innocent, character I liked. She set off to uncover who really killed her mother, a journey that led her to a small town where family secrets bubbled over.

The quirky characters who populated the practically vacant town were odd, which added to the book’s sinister charm. The writing was very good and the pace of the story was strong. At times the author’s crass language choice caught me off guard, but it worked. This was an unconventional mystery, where the characters and their actions were subtle clues Janie had to decipher. Janie’s mother was an unlikeable character, which didn’t add to the overall plot for me. I wished for a slightly different, and happier, ending, but the twisted ending was impressive.

Dear Daughter was entertaining and I would read more by this author.

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