The Murderer's Daughter

The Murderer's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Grace Blades is a master psychologist, respected by her peers and adored by her patients. She is hardworking and highly competent, a model of self-control. But in private, Grace indulges a secret thrill-seeking darkness, pursuing danger as an escape from the regimented life she's established. Closing her eyes as she flies down the Los Angeles freeway or targeting a stranger in a hotel bar for an anonymous moment of passion, Grace craves the rush. Order by day, danger by night - the double life helps her cope with memories of a traumatic childhood, in which Grace saw her mother stab her abusive father before turning the knife on herself. But her two worlds collide when a new patient turns out to be her random conquest from the night before. He pleads for her to take him on anyway, claiming a unique connection with the foster father who raised her. She refuses. The next day, his body is found by police with only her business card to identify him. Suddenly, Grace is plunged into a web of danger and deceit that will draw her back into the dark past she fought so hard to leave behind"--
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour de force standalone novel that illustrates perfectly why "Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller" (People). 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' death 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. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman "Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--Los Angeles Times "Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."--Detroit Free Press"--
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345545312
0345545311
9780804177498
Characteristics: 364 pages ; cm

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peggy_15
Dec 30, 2016

I made it to the end of disk 2. Boring!!!!!!! Long winded, reader not very exciting. Story, plot, boring, dragged out. And so far as I've gotten, I think borrowed from a lisa gardner book I just finished. I'm going to try reading the e-book, maybe without the boring reader it'll be better but I doubt it.

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toby65
Jul 07, 2016

Slow to get going and even then, writing is very uneven.
With this one and "Golem" I'm beginning to wonder what the heck happened to Kellerman's
talent.

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frequentusercom
Nov 02, 2015

Having recently discovered Jonathan Kellerman, I looked forward to reading this novel. However, as I've found with another mystery writer, A.D. Garrett (Margaret Murphy), et al (Believe No One, 2014), the gore and over-the-top depraved depictions make their novels impossible for me to enjoy reading. Both (or all three, because Believe No One was co-written with Professor Dave Barkley)authors will go on my "do not read" list.

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CLAUDIA EISENREICH
Oct 15, 2015

Too long and boring. Protagonist even more unlikeable than that of "Girl on the Train". I was most disappointed and only hope that Kellerman returns to Delaware series ASAP.

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jazpur
Sep 22, 2015

Riveting.

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omgidk86
Sep 10, 2015

Loved this book. After reading Golem of Hollywood, which he co-wrote with his son, I was concerned that maybe Kellerman was going in a new direction and one that I did not like. However, this was a great introduction to what I hope is a new recurring character. I particularly like characters that are flawed and very human and the main character certainly filled that criteria.

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nannerl
Sep 02, 2015

I haven't been all that impressed with Kellerman's novels for the past few years, but he's really redeemed himself with this one. Very hard to put down this page-turner, I even cancelled a date so that I could finish it.

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