What I’m Reading: The Murderer’s Daughter

I just finished up the audio book The Murderer’s Daughter: A Novel by Jonathan Kellerman.  I haven’t read anything by the author and honestly, when I grabbed the book off the “shelf” at the on line library I didn’t even read the description.  I just knew I quickly wanted a book.  I listen to so many that sometimes I’m just not picky.

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I have to say…I started the book and hated it.  Then I remembered what everyone tells me.  I don’t have to stick with a book…but, I did…..
and the book ended up being okay.  I didn’t like the beginning.  I like the middle a lot and didn’t care for the final chapter.  So how’s that for a review…it was worth my time but not a book I’d say run to the store to get.

The only reason I stuck with it was because I didn’t have another book downloaded and was too lazy to hook up and find another one.

It’s a mystery of a girl who grew up “not so good” and ended up in the childcare system.  Most of the story happens as she is an adult and luckily she turned out okay…or at least a type of okay.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.
 
Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace’s renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses—a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep.
 
An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she’d long ago fled.”

Amazon readers say 3.8 stars…I’d agree.  After I read the first few chapters I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to review the book at all…but it definitely picked up.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Murderer’s Daughter

  1. Sherry V.

    I’ve read a lot of Jonathan Kellerman’s books. . . . .and for the “casual” reader his books can take some getting used to.

    He actually was a child psychologist (hence the submect matter of his books) in a “previous life” but left active practice to write.

    His wife is also a writer; I believe her main character is a police officer.

    I haven’t read on of his books in a while. . . . I’ll have to check to see what our library has in stock.

    Thank you for the reminding of an author that I like.

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  2. Joanne Perry

    I don’t care for Jonathan’s books but I love his wife’s series about LA Det. Peter Decker and his wife Rina. Latest books take place in small town upstate NY as Peter has semi-retired. and have given the series a renewed energy.

    So you might enjoy Faye Kellerman’s books…not as intense and compelling characters.

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  3. Nancy A

    I don’t care for his books, but I did really like the books about a policeman who becomes Jewish so that he can marry a Jewish woman. I see someone has already mentioned them. Try one, I think you might like them.

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