Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

This book is a modern whodunit with a golden girl gone bad main character. The main character, Jane, has recently been released after 10 years in prison for the murder of her mother. But she’s not sure she’s guilty. The book is effectively Jane’s quest to figure out exactly how her mother died.

Jane is surprisingly endearing. Snarky, sassy, an all around great character. It was odd though that despite her being the main character I was left wanting to know more about her. What happened to Jane that made her forget what happened? Something like a murder should be pretty memorable. What happened to Jane while she was in prison? What about her readjustment to life after prison?

Overall this book was a pretty quick read and a page turner. But when all was said and done I was left less than impressed. Though I read this book in just a few days, I had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters and it seemed that there were many story threads that were started and left unfinished.

The silver lining: This book is great fodder for imagination. You are left wondering about the background of several of the characters and its fun to think about some of the major themes in the book. What makes us who we are? How flexible is identity? memory? How would a wealthy tabloid darling fare in prison? Would they get special treatment? Singled out?

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