Over the weekend I began reading the story The Cinderella Murder written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. As a fan of Mary Higgins Clark, I picked up this story with confidence. I am only a few pages in, but I am sure to enjoy it.
The story centres around television producer, Laurie Moran, who has chosen the next topic for her cold case series, Under Suspicion. She works on what is known as the Cinderella Murder – a twenty year old murder of a beautiful and brilliant UCLA student (Susan Dempsey) who was found dead in the Hollywood hills the morning after she was scheduled to audition for the lead in an up-and-coming director’s new film. Laurie makes contact with, and interviews, family members and friends who knew the murder victim.
My teaser for the novel comes from the beginning of the story:
“When the phone rang the next morning, Jack popped up from reading the newspaper. “There’s our girl, bright and early by a college student’s standards for a Sunday.”
But the caller wasn’t Susan. It was the Los Angeles Police Department. They had difficult news. A young woman had been found just before dawn in Laurel Canyon Park. She appeared to have been strangled. They didn’t want to alarm them unnecessarily, but their daughter’s driver’s license had been retrieved from a purse found fifteen yards from the body. A mobile phone was clutched in her hand and the last number dialed was theirs.” (p. 10, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster).
I look forward to reading more of this story.
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)