Twenty-three years ago, when she was seven, Ellie Cavanaugh kept secrets with her teenaged sister, Andrea. She knew the secret spot where Andrea used to meet with Rob Westerfield, son of the area's wealthiest family. When Andrea's body was discovered, it was Ellie's testimony that put Rob behind bars. But the murder broke up Ellie's family, and she's always blamed herself, for both Andrea's death and the destruction of her family.

Now, Rob is being paroled and Ellie returns to her hometown with the mission of proving his guilt, something he's always denied. Ellie sets about it methodically but just as carefully, Rob and his family try to destroy Ellie's reputation. As she gathers more information, her research enrages someone who wants the past kept in the past. Attempts are made on her life and it's clear that a killer is waiting to strike again.

Slowly building in atmosphere and suspense, DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL is another top-notch read from the reigning queen of suspense. Fans will devour this delicious nail biter in one sitting. (Apr., 320 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg