The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
To be published: August 18, 2015
Grace Blades has survived a lot, but she is in now a respected adult psychologist who specializes in helping adult victims of violent crimes. At age five, she watched one parent kill the other and then kill themself. She was moved to a multitude of crappy foster homes between ages 5-11 before she finally found some good people to actually take care of her. The book switches back and forth between Grace’s past and the present day. Because of her crazy past, she is a bit of an adrenaline junky, which includes one-night stands. The two days before her vacation she meets a man and has an encounter with him. The next day he shows up as her last patient, having discovered her after reading an article she had written about the family members of murderers. That night he is murdered and the police come knocking on her door as her business card was found in his shoe. The killer is now after Grace, and she needs some answers fast. Who is this man and why is his killer targeting her? Who in his family is a murderer? To find out, you must read this book. 3 stars.
I honestly don’t read a lot of thrillers. I mostly picked this one up because the premise sounded interesting and I love a good mystery. Plus I figured it would be interesting as it is about a female psychologist who witnessed the violent murder-suicide of her parents at a young age, and I enjoy books that make you think about why people do what they do. I didn’t find out until after I started that the author is a noted child psychologist, who wrote a book on violent children, which is exactly what this book is about. As other reviewers have said, I enjoyed learning about Grace’s past and her figuring out who Roger/Andrew was and what her connection to all of it was. I honestly didn’t mind that Grace was a bit cold, despite being totally loving towards her patients, and I can even understand the andrenaline junkie thing after what she went through. My biggest problem with this book was the flow and the ending. In my opinion, everytime it went back to the present, the storyline kind of slowed down and lost a bit of the interesting momentum built up with her back story. The ending was annoying because the author kept building up and up to the climax and then it just wasn’t a satisfactory ending.
Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader’s copy book from Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine on Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.