A deserted street below Table Mountain. A six-year-old ballerina waits alone for her mother. Then an unmarked car approaches, and she is gone. With no trace of why she’s been abducted, suspicion falls on her divorced father, Captain Riedwaan. Powerless, he watches helplessly as the search for his daughter is called off.
In desperation, Riedwaan turns to investigative journalist Dr Clare Hart, whose TV documentary about Cape Town’s missing young girls has made her something of a local celebrity. Clare has seen how aspiring gangsters in the Cape Flats ghetto prove their worth by tormenting children. And she knows that the odds of a victim’s survival worsen with each passing minute.
©2013 Margie Orford (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing
"Wonderfully crafted and fully engrossing" (Michael Connelly)
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Its good, but not great. I would have liked more depth to the characters. They were penned in a fairly superficial way.
The final chapters.
I don't want to include spoilers, so I can't say!
No, several chapters at a time were enough.
Daddy's Girl is very well written. South Africa is a pretty unique culture. The author used to be an investigative journalist with an interest in crime. She has stated that the organisational corruption in her novels represent reality there. The only thing the book lacked for me was a little more depth to the characters (al la Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling).Also, although the narrator did a sterling job, I think this audiobook may have benefitted from a Male narrator. Due to the nature of the South African accent (for me), the male characters, read by the female voice, could be a little high pitched. I was at least 2/3rds of the way through the book before that no longer grated on me! An excellent narrator for other books though.
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