Summary (from Goodreads):
“As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We doubled back once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San Francisco we had a girl who looked like me board a plane to Hawaii.
Oh, I thought I was so clever.
But you probably already know that I’m not.’
LA IT girl Janie Jenkins has it all. The looks, the brains, the connections. The criminal record.
Ten years ago, in a trial that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she’s been released on a technicality she’s determined to unravel the mystery of her mother’s last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back of beyond. But with the whole of America’s media on her tail, convinced she’s literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent.
She knows she really didn’t like her mother. Could she have killed her?”
This is one of those books that’s nearly impossible to put down. Be warned though that, like Gone Girl, the protagonist isn’t particularly likeable. (Understatement.)
This book works on a variety of levels. Like Janie, we’re not sure exactly who killed her mom (it could’ve been Janie. We don’t know). Honestly, though, that didn’t really drive the story for me. I was more interested in Janie learning about who her mom was before she became a mom. And I was also very curious about how long it would take for Janie to be found out.
In that particular way, it reminded me of Casey Anthony. We don’t know where she is, but we know she’s probably somewhere in the US. And that makes me wonder what kind of a life she has, because it seems like the whole country (justifiably, IMO) hates her.
How do you get a job or date or have friends when everyone knows who you are and thinks you killed your kid and got away with it?
At any rate, this book is very clever. I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth Little does next. (This is her first novel.)