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  • A Scary-Good Story

    A scary-good story that parallels episodes of young Grace and mature Grace to create a thriller that doesn't stop. The story involves more than one psychopathic killer and the impact of childhood trauma on the lives of the adults. while the story involves sex and violence, they are handled with clear and succinct descriptions that are oriented to inform rather than titillate. The book provides outstanding examples of the best and worst of human nature, with a conclusion that is ultimately satisfying. This thriller is well worth several reads.

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  • This book is no thriller!

    The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman is a perplexing novel. Grace Blades witnessed her mother murdering her father when she was five years old. Her mother then killed herself. Grace then entered the foster care system. Grace got lucky when she was moved to her eighth foster home. Her social worker, Wayne Knutsen was getting ready to change careers (go to law school) and wanted to place Grace in a good home (a last act of kindness). Ramona Stage runs Stagecoach Ranch. Ramona was a nice lady who recognized Grace’s intelligence and helped her utilize it. She called a friend, Dr. Malcom Bluestone who tested Grace and then got her the right study materials. Grace is now Dr. Grace Blades, a clinical psychologist. She is about to go on vacation when she gets an unusual new patient. He said his name is Andrew Toner from San Antonio, Texas. Andrew turns out to be the gentlemen Grace picked up in a bar the night before (what a coincidence). Andrew claims to have come to Grace based on an article she wrote many years ago (based on an actual experience from her life). Andrew ends up leaving the appointment abruptly with giving Grace any information. The next day Grace gets a call from the police department. Andrew was found dead with her business card in his shoe. Andrew is evidently not his real name. Who was he and why did he seek Grace out? While Grace is out driving, she notices that she is being followed. Grace starts investigating and finds a link to someone she met briefly when she was 12, but he left a big impression. Grace utilizes her skills to track down who is out to kill her before they can get her. I did not enjoy The Murderer’s Daughter. It was listed as a thriller, but was more of a book on revenge. It is a very long, drawn out plot. This book could have easily lost over a hundred pages. The most interesting part of the novel was reading about Grace’s upbringing. The novel would go back and forth from the present to Grace’s past. There is graphic violence, sex, and foul language in the book. I give The Murderer’s Daughter 2.5 out of 5 stars. It sounded like such a good novel, but the story was not enjoyable to read. I received a complimentary copy of The Murderer’s Daughter from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own are not influenced in any way.

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  • Grace's story

    I enjoyed this book! I have always wanted to try Jonathan Kellerman's work so I decided to give this book a try. Unfortunately, life got a little busy when I had originally planned to read this book and my review is about two and a half years late. I really wish that I had read this book when I first got my hands on it because it was really good. This really is Grace's story. Grace was a wonderful character and incredibly complex. She had a less than ideal childhood but as adult, she is a highly respected psychologist. I loved the fact that we get to know Grace both as a child and as an adult. I thought the contrast between the two periods was really well done. I wouldn't really say that I ever liked Grace but I really did enjoy trying to figure her out and was very curious about her past. Grace does have a bit of a secret life and that life intersects with her professional life early in this book. As she tries to figure out what really happened, she finds that things may be connected to her past. I thought that the mystery side of this book was really just okay. It was rather complex and I never had everything quite figured out but it wasn't the most enjoyable part of the book for me. I thought that the first parts of the book were the strongest. I really enjoyed all of the book that focused on Grace as a child. Adult Grace was really more interesting to me during the first part of the book as well. The book continued to bounce back and forth from past to present but as the story progressed the two timelines grew much closer to each other. As the focus of the book moved towards bringing the mystery to a conclusion, it seemed to fizzle out just a bit. I would recommend this book to others. I really enjoyed the writing style and found this to be the kind of book that was easy to keep reading. I do hope to read from this author in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.

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  • No thriller and boring

    This book is weird. It is not a thriller and it is boring as heck, and you become aware that Grace is one of the least likeable characters ever put to page. About 60% covers Grace’s life story (she being the daughter of her mom who killed her father and then committed suicide). The book tracks Grace through foster homes until she ends up with a very nice lady named Ramona Stage. It is while she lives with Mrs. Stage that she comes in contact with three children, the offspring of a religious cult leader. She suspects that these children—specifically the oldest boy—killed another foster child and caused Ramona’s death. Subsequently, she is adopted by a relative of Ramona’s and—here’s where you find out that Grace is a genius, and spend hours trailing her through home schooling, a school for the intellectually advanced, which she aced, and then Harvard university where she trolled for shy, awkward boys to bed. After all this, the remainder of the book deals with Grace in her car, Grace on the phone, Grace consulting a lawyer, Grace killing a man, Grace searching for the three grownup cultist children. I was bored to tears, but I struggled through to the ending hoping it would get better. It didn’t. And the ending? There are no words to describe it.

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  • That was it?

    I really enjoyed this book... until the end. There wasn't any conclusion. If it was the beginning of a series maybe it wouldn't have been quite so disappointing.

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