A Review of The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The Murderer’s Daughter

by Jonathan Kellerman

Wow! What an intense book. The Murderer’s Daughter is the best thriller that I have read this year. Usually I say that I couldn’t put a book down when it’s really good, well when I was reading The Murderer’s Daughter, I had to put it down. Just to give myself a break, to be able to take everything in, and to comprehend exactly what had just gone on. This book is really good!

If you’ve ever read any Jonathan Kellerman books, then you know that he is known for his psychological thrillers. This one is just slightly different. In The Murderer’s Daughter, Mr. Kellerman explores the mind of one person, Grace Blades. He puts you inside her head, both as she is growing up, and in the present, as she has to discover who wants her dead, and why. You learn about all the events and people who shaped her mind, and made her the person that she is today. You feel what she feels. You understand what she needs to do.

Normally I wait to post my review of a book until the publication date, but The Murderer’s Daughter is so good, that I want to give you a chance to preorder it, so that you can start reading it next Tuesday, August 18th. I have links to Amazon and B&N at the bottom of this review. Go ahead and click on them, I don’t have anything to gain if you do, I’m not a shill.

I give The Murderer’s Daughter 5 Stars out of 5 and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you want to explore the mind of a fascinating character, and maybe discover what it must be like to be subjected to terrible events that shape a young mind, then read this book.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

The Murderer's DaughterFrom 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’ 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.

Book Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345545311
ISBN-13: 978-0345545312
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Photo: © Karen Miller
Photo: © Karen Miller

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to three dozen New York Times– bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he also co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, as well as the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony Awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York City. Their four children include the novelists Jesse Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman.

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9 thoughts on “A Review of The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman”

  1. i found the detailed description of the rape \scene at the end of the book unnecessary and horrifying. we don’t need to give men more roadmaps on ways to commit violence against women. as a psychologist i would also think Kellerman might be more sensitive to how what he writes might affect and even traumatize his women readers.

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