Picks and Pans Review: Daddy's Little Girl
When crime reporter Ellie Cavanaugh returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, she's on a mission. Rob Westerfield, the preppie convicted of killing Ellie's older sister, is up for parole after 23 years. Haunted by her sister's death and her mother's fatal alcoholic spiral, Ellie pillories him on a Web site.
Too bad Ellie is irritatingly self-righteous and Clark's writing—in the first person, for a change—clings to flat descriptions and workman-like sentences that make for dry going. A thin subplot about Ellie's estrangement from her father doesn't help. (Simon & Schuster, $26)
Bottom Line: Murder, she churned