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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Murderer's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Back a hundred years ago I ate up the Alex Delaware/Milo books like candy. The writing was always good and even when Kellerman would get to rambling on I still enjoyed the series. He took a gay male detective and made him a main character way before many other books that I saw at the time. There may have been more but this was my first intro to a gay man as a main character. Kellerman didn't fall into that troupe with the gay man stereotype either. He made Milo's character a bad-ass and I looked Back a hundred years ago I ate up the Alex Delaware/Milo books like candy. The writing was always good and even when Kellerman would get to rambling on I still enjoyed the series. He took a gay male detective and made him a main character way before many other books that I saw at the time. There may have been more but this was my first intro to a gay man as a main character. Kellerman didn't fall into that troupe with the gay man stereotype either. He made Milo's character a bad-ass and I looked up to him. Milo was who he was and anybody that didn't like it could kiss his ass. Jonathan Kellerman may strike gold with me again. In Grace Blade. My friend Ed posted a status update about who he saw as Grace's character and I totally agree. (Grace is far from broken-she should be but totally not broken) This book is hopefully setting the stage for a series with Grace's character. *begs Jonathan Kellerman* So there is a bunch of Grace's life that comes into it. Don't think for one minute that it's boring though. Those are the best parts of this book. Grace was birthed by two people who were really too stupid to have children. They should have been featured in a movie. *somewhat spoilery-but it happens early in the book* Grace is five years old when her birth mother (I'm not calling this woman a mother) kills the "baby daddy" and then kills herself. Thus the title of this book, The Murderer's Daughter. This book is better than that title. Grace then ends up as a foster child, in a system that gives two shits less. The thing about Grace though, as a child she is obedient and never makes herself stand out. She does not want to be around other people, preferring reading and being by herself over anything or anyone else. I won't spoil any of her story because I thought it was fascinating. Grace is now a successful psychologist that helps people put traumatic events behind them. There is another side to Grace though. At night Grace goes for what she calls "leaps"..she dresses up and goes and picks out a guy and bangs the hell out of him...and walks away. Kellerman makes no apologies in her character for her behavior. FUCK YES!! Grace is a character that will piss off some old school readers. A woman that acts like a man in regards to sex? Grace manages to stay classy, intelligent and I LOVED her character. Flaws and all. Grace doesn't form attachments to people though. She still as an adult prefers her own company. She is successful in her career as a caregiver in spite/because? of it. She is able to separate herself from it in a way that had me glued to these pages. Then Grace gets involved in a murder case. She isn't one of those characters that is tagging along with the police and "helping" with the case. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review. I'm spotlighting my friend Ed's review on this one. He brought it to my attention when he was reading it and I'm so glad. Ed Lorn is an author on this site. If you follow or read his reviews you will see that the guy has chops and why I grab up any book he puts out. But better than that, Ed is my true friend. He is someone that has come to be a person that I can always go to. Even if it is to whine about something. He always makes time for me. Not because he cares if I read his books..he is just that kind of guy. I'm very honored to call him my friend. Go and friend/follow him. He will keep you entertained.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    1,5 stars This was me…as I turned the pages of Jonathan Kellerman’s latest standalone (though there are one or two very quick mentions of Alex Delaware from his Alex Delaware Series) novel, The Murderer’s Daughter… The story started off beyond slowly….I asked myself….do I want to carry on or not???...but I persevered…perhaps it will gain some momentum soon!!! It didn’t much!!! Grace Blades is a dedicated psychologist, who has a huge success dealing with troubled minds…how she did this was a bit not 1,5 stars This was me…as I turned the pages of Jonathan Kellerman’s latest standalone (though there are one or two very quick mentions of Alex Delaware from his Alex Delaware Series) novel, The Murderer’s Daughter… The story started off beyond slowly….I asked myself….do I want to carry on or not???...but I persevered…perhaps it will gain some momentum soon!!! It didn’t much!!! Grace Blades is a dedicated psychologist, who has a huge success dealing with troubled minds…how she did this was a bit not believable…hell, she has some serious shit of her own…..her personal life was a real mystery to me…..a lone woman, no friends who has sexual encounters that are pretty bizarre!! Then one of her clients if found murdered and before you know it….never mind the cops doing the investigation….she decides to go on the hunt for the killers!!!!! And then we go on a totally unbelievable….beyond unbelievable trip with this super sleuth,… The backstory chapters were the only parts I liked and the only reason that I didn’t totally dislike Grace…because the present day one was just too much for me…. The secondary characters were not memorable apart from Malcolm, the psychologist who adopted her and the woman she lived with as a child, Mrs Stage. And how she finally discovers who the killer is, after working out all those clues…..really!!!! Wow, this is one hell of a Lara Croft!!! And the ending…..jeez….I couldn’t understand it at all!!! I didn’t like the writing either….I have read so much better books by this author. I am sure that there are a lot of other readers who will like this book, but it just didn’t do it for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    For those of you looking for a thriller, don't look here. I know, I know, it's being marketed as a thriller and a known thriller author wrote it, but it's not a thriller. If you're planning on reading this and expecting a taut read full of suspense and grisly shenanigans, you will be sorely disappointed. Still, the book's damn good. Let me tell you why. The Murderer's Daughter is a character-driven piece of literature that focuses on the past and present of psychologist Dr. Grace Blades. She's a For those of you looking for a thriller, don't look here. I know, I know, it's being marketed as a thriller and a known thriller author wrote it, but it's not a thriller. If you're planning on reading this and expecting a taut read full of suspense and grisly shenanigans, you will be sorely disappointed. Still, the book's damn good. Let me tell you why. The Murderer's Daughter is a character-driven piece of literature that focuses on the past and present of psychologist Dr. Grace Blades. She's a broken individual who uses her own issues to help others. She's also hyper sexual and totally comfortable in her own skin. No slut shaming in this book. Lady gets down to bidness, lemme tell you, and never apologizes. I appreciate Kellerman writing a woman such as Grace without once giving the reader the feeling that she should be judged for digging a bit of the three Fs: find em, fuck em, and forget em. Well done. But where this novel truly shines is the backstory. Kellerman effortlessly hops from present day to Grace's childhood and upbringing. These flashbacks were my favorite parts. Smiles were had. Tears were shed. As Yoda would say, a very engaging structure this book has. (Be honest, you read that in Yoda's voice, didn't you?) Every time you begin to grow bored with Grace's present-day duties, Kellerman pops you into the past. Without these travels through time, The Murderer's Daughter wouldn't have been nearly half as entertaining. My only complaints are very minor. In fact, one complaint I have holds no bearing on the content of the book. The title of the novel is crap and the cover is garbage. That's my biggest complaint. If I saw that title with that cover showcased at Books-a-Million or in a thumbnail on Amazon I'd navigate right past it without a second glance. It doesn't fit the content. My second complaint is that some of Grace's internet scouring and conversations get a bit long winded. I found myself checking the progress bar on my Kindle app during most of these scenes. The driving directions were equally boring. Other than that, the book is rad. Finally, the ending is pretty brutal, and the final chapter is brilliant. Hell of a way to close out a damn fine story. In summation: I'm a newbie to the world of Kellerman but this novel has me wanting to tackle his back catalogue. The Murderer's Daughter was so much more than what I was expecting. This guy can write, and that's such a rare thing in a genre polluted with Patterson clones. Final Judgement: No such thing as deserve

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    The Murderer's Daughter is a crime/suspense, psychological thriller, kind of... Dr. Grace Blades is a psychologist, she who has a special gift for treating troubled souls, people who have experienced certain traumatic events. Her own childhood was far from ordinary, violence, murder, suicide - she was exposed to it all early on, and after the loss of her parents she is placed into foster care - some good, some bad, but all of her experiences contribute to the person she becomes. Grace is an intel The Murderer's Daughter is a crime/suspense, psychological thriller, kind of... Dr. Grace Blades is a psychologist, she who has a special gift for treating troubled souls, people who have experienced certain traumatic events. Her own childhood was far from ordinary, violence, murder, suicide - she was exposed to it all early on, and after the loss of her parents she is placed into foster care - some good, some bad, but all of her experiences contribute to the person she becomes. Grace is an intelligent and successful, but she also has a secret, she enjoys one-night stands with complete strangers. When a new patient turns up dead, Grace begins to investigate, because this man isn't who he claimed to be. With her professional life and her past colliding, Grace is determined to uncover what happened. Written in 3rd person, this story alternates between the Grace's childhood past and preset. This novel has tons of character development, which makes it seem likely this will eventually become a series with Dr. Grace as the protagonist. Overall this was an interesting read, I especially found Grace's past compelling where as the pacing of the murder mystery in the present was a little slow. *ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4 Mending the Haunted Stars * * * * Jonathan Kellerman and his books are old friends of mine. For years I gobbled up everything I could find of his. It has been a while since reading his genre but the thrill is still the same. He weaves a tale which pulls you in from the start... with all systems go. It was easy falling back into the right mindset and being a active reader; paying attention for clues or making up my own theories of what was going to be revealed towards the end. I had a lot of it f 4 Mending the Haunted Stars * * * * Jonathan Kellerman and his books are old friends of mine. For years I gobbled up everything I could find of his. It has been a while since reading his genre but the thrill is still the same. He weaves a tale which pulls you in from the start... with all systems go. It was easy falling back into the right mindset and being a active reader; paying attention for clues or making up my own theories of what was going to be revealed towards the end. I had a lot of it figured out but didn't care one bit. I was hanging out with my old friend Jonathan Kellerman and the reading was fine. Briefly, we are introduced to Dr. Grace Blades, psychologist. She has developed a reputation and private practice which focuses on those touched by specific traumas; loved ones lost due to brutal killings. accidents or the death of children by their own hand... It could be any type of situation but her way of helping comes from a very deep and personal understanding. These people have not succeeded with the standard care of listening and hand holding... they are in need of something else. It seem Dr. Grace Blades is the answer. She was woman who survived and became an amazing person out of circumstances too horrific to think about. Gifted with a mind and capacity to learn, observe and develop, she innately did whatever she needed to grasp at life and the result was amazing. She got too few good breaks while caught in the foster system but when she did, she flourished. Did she come out a whole person, perfectly normal... well, that is to be debated ... because what she became was so much better than anything labeled normal. This is a tale which has you ask yourself what would you have done in her life...and which way would you have gone...for she meets another who had a horrific beginning as well...and we see the path he took. We are with Grace through all her times during her life... from the beginning but it is doled out in a way which links the present. We are fed all of this and I was greedy for every bite. The lesson taught is.... there are no excuses...Excellent. A gifted copy was provided by Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    She called her parents “the strangers” because that’s what they were. At five years of age, Grace Blades had learned how to take care of herself, and to stay out of their way. The violence that had surrounded her short life in the small van park would live with Grace forever – the night she watched first her father, then her mother die meant Grace’s life would be different to most; but she was determined to survive and with an intellect bordering on genius, she would eventually find a way… After She called her parents “the strangers” because that’s what they were. At five years of age, Grace Blades had learned how to take care of herself, and to stay out of their way. The violence that had surrounded her short life in the small van park would live with Grace forever – the night she watched first her father, then her mother die meant Grace’s life would be different to most; but she was determined to survive and with an intellect bordering on genius, she would eventually find a way… After a variety of foster homes, most of them on the “not good” scale, Grace had discovered keeping to herself and learning was what kept her safe. She had an insatiable desire to know everything she could and when a professor of psychology happened into her life, Grace slowly but surely found a measure of contentment. Malcolm and Sophie took Grace into their home when she was just eleven years of age – the years that followed were fulfilling ones and defined Grace’s future as a clinical psychologist in a satisfactory way. Brilliant at her job, Dr Grace Blades was in great demand - her deep empathy and knowledge of how to treat her patients (because of her own experiences) found her with outstanding results. But when her past, after twenty five years of being buried, suddenly reappeared on the too-near horizon, Grace found herself in danger. The life she had made for herself; the safety she had become accustomed to – all was under threat from the most insidious sources of evil. Grace knew that she had to uncover the past for her to have a future; she must do it on her own to be sure of success. Would Grace be able to overcome her personal demons? Or would her fight for the truth be the end? The Murderer’s Daughter by author Jonathan Kellerman is a brilliant psychological thriller – a standalone but with some small references to Dr Alex Delaware. Twisted and gritty, the plot is fast paced and heart stopping in places; main character Grace is a strong and determined woman with a damaged past who is determined to remain in control – she demonstrates that with remarkable ease! I have no hesitation in highly recommending The Murderer’s Daughter which I thoroughly enjoyed. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    2.5 stars Not quite sure what exactly it was that I just read, but it certainly wasn't a thriller. I'd say it was a cross between a mystery and a 'biography' of the books main character. In reverse order... 70% of the story turned out to be complete backstory of the protagonist Grace Blades. I'm not exaggerating. The early years really held my interest, but once she was in her teens the story line covered anything from the purchasing of her first bra to multiple chapters dedicated to her education 2.5 stars Not quite sure what exactly it was that I just read, but it certainly wasn't a thriller. I'd say it was a cross between a mystery and a 'biography' of the books main character. In reverse order... 70% of the story turned out to be complete backstory of the protagonist Grace Blades. I'm not exaggerating. The early years really held my interest, but once she was in her teens the story line covered anything from the purchasing of her first bra to multiple chapters dedicated to her educational and financial future. I feel like I know the life story of Grace Blades better than I do that of my best friend. ZZZZZZZZZZ...... The other 30% involved what could have been a really dynamic mystery but got lost in all the backstory, as well as the ending provided no closure or understanding of what the antagonist's main objectives were. It was this part of the story that kept the book from becoming a DNF. Wish I knew then what I know now! While this book is described as a standalone, I can't help but think with the extensive backstory that the author is planning on making Grace into another series. For fans of his work with the fantastic Alex Delaware character, there are references to him periodically throughout the story, but that is where the similarity ends. For those not familiar with Alex, do yourself a favor and start there before reading this book. Jonathan Kellerman is a solid writer and storyteller...but this book is not the best representation of this in MHO. My thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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. Sh This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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. Initial Thoughts I enjoyed this book and am kind of mad at myself for leaving it unread for as long as I did. The book did lose some momentum for me during the last third of the book. I really liked learning about Grace both in current life and in the past. The contrast between Grace as a child and as a mature adult was very well done and eye opening. The book did seem to focus more on the mystery aspect as it moved towards the finale which was somewhat less interesting for me. This was my first time reading Jonathan Kellerman and I really enjoyed his writing style.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I was very much looking forward to this novel. I've never read anything by Kellerman, and when I read the synopsis I just knew this was going to be good. Well.......it wasn't. First: I don't really understand the title. It suggests something more than what it actually was. Yes, (spoilers!!!), her parents were a murder/suicide but I felt the title suggested a little more than that. Perhaps, I was assuming that one of her parents was a multiple murderer. (Guess that teaches me not to assume!) Seco I was very much looking forward to this novel. I've never read anything by Kellerman, and when I read the synopsis I just knew this was going to be good. Well.......it wasn't. First: I don't really understand the title. It suggests something more than what it actually was. Yes, (spoilers!!!), her parents were a murder/suicide but I felt the title suggested a little more than that. Perhaps, I was assuming that one of her parents was a multiple murderer. (Guess that teaches me not to assume!) Second: The character of Grace annoyed me. She was cold, kind of a slut, and she could do EVERYTHING!!!! I liked her backstory more than I did the adult version. Didn't like her at all at the beginning, by the middle--she was ok, and then I didn't like her again at the end. Third: there were a lot of boring parts. Too many directions--like I really cared what streets & highways Grace took. Other parts dragged as well. Fourth: The ending was horrible. When she finally gets to the bad guy, there was really nothing to it. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am!!! We went through this whole book of Grace searching for the guy and then you give us nothing?! The bad guy didn't even really have a chance to talk. I just wasn't impressed. I see that some people think Kellerman might make a series out of this character....I can honestly say I won't be one to continue with it. It wasn't bad writing, obviously Kellerman can write well. I just didn't think this story was fleshed out well enough. **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Wiggins

    First, I would like to express my appreciation to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC of Jonathan Kellerman’s newest novel, The Murderer’s Daughter. Kellerman has written yet another first-rate psychological novel. I hesitate to call The Murderer’s Daughter a psychological thriller as it is a stand-alone novel with a new character that reads much more like a novel than a thriller. This is not a bad thing. The Murderer’s Daughter is a very good novel with a strong protagonist in Ms. Grace Blades First, I would like to express my appreciation to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC of Jonathan Kellerman’s newest novel, The Murderer’s Daughter. Kellerman has written yet another first-rate psychological novel. I hesitate to call The Murderer’s Daughter a psychological thriller as it is a stand-alone novel with a new character that reads much more like a novel than a thriller. This is not a bad thing. The Murderer’s Daughter is a very good novel with a strong protagonist in Ms. Grace Blades, but the book is a definite departure from Kellerman's Alex Delaware character. Nonetheless, I liked the book very much. Note: Very limited spoilers are coming up in the next two paragraphs, but nothing that will distract the potential reader from reading the book. I try to stay away from spoilers of any kind. Grace Blades has a very rough childhood until she lands in the foster care of a Jewish couple, Malcolm and Sophie Bluestone, whom also work in the academia field of psychology at USC. This sets the course for Grace’s future. Grace is off-the chart intelligent and is accepted by Harvard at the tender age of 16. She graduates and decides to come back to do her masters degree work at USC. Grace completes her degree and sets up practice and teaches a clinical-level course at USC one day a week. Life is going very well for Dr. Grace Blades. Until, … there’s always an until, isn’t there? One day a new male patient strolls into Dr. Blades office for his appointment. Both of them become immediately aware that they know one another. However, the appointment proceeds, but just barely, but not because they have already met. Something is weighing very heavy on this new patient. He cannot get it out. He starts, he stops. Grace quickly realizes that whatever is bothering the patient is very significant. Finally, the patient just gives up and leaves. Grace cannot let this go. She tries to gain more information about his background and then the unthinkable happens. The new patient is murdered. This sends Dr. Grace Blades on a mission to determine exactly what happened and all of the details that lie behind it. The novel is written in the third person and bounces back and forth from childhood and growing up to the present. I do not believe that I have ever read a novel with so much detail given to character development, certainly not in the few Kellerman novels that I have read. This is what lends the book more to being a novel than a thriller. So, the immediate question I ask myself is why is there so much devotion to character development in this book? This is where I get into speculation, but I think that I may be correct. I believe that Kellerman is testing the waters, so to speak. Maybe he thinks that he has taken the Alex Delaware character about as far as he can go. Maybe, he is speculating with how The Murderer’s Daughter goes over on whether Dr. Grace Blades will be his next unlikely protagonist. Maybe the next book that we see Dr. Blades in will definitely be a psychological thriller. At any rate, I’m in. I anxiously await to see. I hope that she makes the cut. I would recommend The Murderer’s Daughter to friends who enjoy psychological thrillers with a warning that this is not the typical Kellerman novel. I believe that people that rate this book lower are really disappointed that they are not getting that Alex Delaware-like thriller/procedural. The tree has to be planted first. 4 stars, Jonathan. Cam

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Thank you to Net Galley and Random House publishing group for supplying this book in return for a honest review. This is my first read of a Jonathan Kellerman novel although he has been on my list for quite a while now. A solid 4 star rating and for me an excellent introduction to this author. A stand alone thriller featuring Psychologist Dr Grace Blades who has a dark past and makes a fascinating character. Grace Blades uses her troubled past to help others. The novel switches from past to pres Thank you to Net Galley and Random House publishing group for supplying this book in return for a honest review. This is my first read of a Jonathan Kellerman novel although he has been on my list for quite a while now. A solid 4 star rating and for me an excellent introduction to this author. A stand alone thriller featuring Psychologist Dr Grace Blades who has a dark past and makes a fascinating character. Grace Blades uses her troubled past to help others. The novel switches from past to present day and shares a mix of emotions that make excellent reading. My first Kellerman book but on finishing it I was quickly looking at his other work for more books to read. The Murderer’s Daughter is a very good psychological thriller, the plot is fast paced and the suspense is gripping in places. Dr Grace Blades is a strong and determined woman with a dark past and is determined to stay in control, bring on the next novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I’ve read and enjoyed most of the Alex Delaware series but this new character is fresh and has a lot of potential. Though she’s also a therapist that’s about all she has in common with the Delaware characters. She’s young and beautiful and independent…maybe too independent. Her clinical specialty is working with client’s who have been victims of trauma such as being associated with a murderer or a loved one who’s died in a traumatic manner. Kellerman keeps us close to the narrator because, like I’ve read and enjoyed most of the Alex Delaware series but this new character is fresh and has a lot of potential. Though she’s also a therapist that’s about all she has in common with the Delaware characters. She’s young and beautiful and independent…maybe too independent. Her clinical specialty is working with client’s who have been victims of trauma such as being associated with a murderer or a loved one who’s died in a traumatic manner. Kellerman keeps us close to the narrator because, like her, we can see the clues and anticipate what could happen next. I suppose it’s possible Kellerman didn’t mean this to be the case but in my opinion he’s too skilled a writer for this not to be the case. The giveaways in no way take away from the suspense. The only reason I’m giving this book four rather than five stars is that I was disappointed with the ending. Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-copy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Grace Blades is a psychologist, but that is only one very small part of who she is. I found the book compelling, but the most interesting part is where the reader is treated to Grace's upbringing. Her father murders her mother and then kills himself. So begins her journey through multiple foster homes and what she learns from all the people she meets along the way. At one of her last foster homes, her foster mother takes in 3 other children, whose parents were killed while in a cult. There is some Grace Blades is a psychologist, but that is only one very small part of who she is. I found the book compelling, but the most interesting part is where the reader is treated to Grace's upbringing. Her father murders her mother and then kills himself. So begins her journey through multiple foster homes and what she learns from all the people she meets along the way. At one of her last foster homes, her foster mother takes in 3 other children, whose parents were killed while in a cult. There is something not quite right with the two boys and girl, and when another foster child in the home is killed, Grace knows who did it. Fast forward 20 years and Grace is in private practice. A new client walks in, states that he is interested in her paper published years ago on dealing with killers in a family. The man bolts after a few minutes. The next day she is visited by homicide detectives who tell her they have a victim with her business card in his shoe... only his name is not the name he used with her. The book rocks back and forth between her remembering her life and the things that are happening in the present. She basically starts investigating on her own, as she now knows who her client really was... and the past jumps up and slaps her in the face. Her memories were much more captivating than her investigation. That part of the book overstepped what I could imagine as actually happening. While good, I don't think it was as good as the author's Alex Delaware series. But he did merit a mention and a very tiny cameo appearance. This book was furnished by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Ballantine Books in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Kirschman

    Just finished THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTER, a stand-alone by famed mystery writer, Jonathan Kellerman. I'm a psychologist and mystery writer. I was drawn to the book by the premise; a deeply damaged, yet dedicated trauma psychologist with a secret life is pursued by a psychopathic killer from her past. There are plenty of reasons to feel compassion for Dr. Grace Blades' suffering, but I never did. She and most of the other characters in the book felt flat, like cardboard cut-outs of trauma victims. K Just finished THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTER, a stand-alone by famed mystery writer, Jonathan Kellerman. I'm a psychologist and mystery writer. I was drawn to the book by the premise; a deeply damaged, yet dedicated trauma psychologist with a secret life is pursued by a psychopathic killer from her past. There are plenty of reasons to feel compassion for Dr. Grace Blades' suffering, but I never did. She and most of the other characters in the book felt flat, like cardboard cut-outs of trauma victims. Kellerman's writing was nearly all "tell" and very little "show." Too much description, too little character development. I was surprised and disappointed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    This is the first Jonathon Kellerman I have read for some time. It is vastly different to the other books of his I have read, and also mostly enjoyed. The Murderer's Daughter is more thoughtfully written. There is not so much action as is usual with Kellerman's books, but there is a depth to his writing that I have not previously encountered. Told in the third person, the chapters alternate between Grace's history, and the current day. This is done far more seamlessly than I have encountered with This is the first Jonathon Kellerman I have read for some time. It is vastly different to the other books of his I have read, and also mostly enjoyed. The Murderer's Daughter is more thoughtfully written. There is not so much action as is usual with Kellerman's books, but there is a depth to his writing that I have not previously encountered. Told in the third person, the chapters alternate between Grace's history, and the current day. This is done far more seamlessly than I have encountered with many other authors and works well. The writing flows well and I found myself totally absorbed by both Grace's past and her current situation. Grace Blades is a psychologist dedicated to treating troubled souls - those she calls "the Haunted". Perhaps she is so successful because she is one of them. At the tender age of five she witnessed the murder/suicide of her parents. But Grace has her own dark side...she frequently races her Aston Martin DB7 through the NPC road's twists and turns with her eyes closed. And then there is 'The Leap'...perhaps her most dangerous game of all, and one that may bring about her downfall when an evil she though she had left far in her past resurfaces. Honestly, by the time I reached the final page, I was holding my breath and totally unsure of what the outcome would be. Well done Mr Kellerman. I hope to read more in this vein from you. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman is a 2015 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The first thing one should know up front is that this is NOT an Alex Delaware mystery, although Alex does manage to have his name dropped once. This story is told from the personal perspective of a psychologist, Grace Blades. Grace is a success, despite her rough start in life, but is still haunted by her past, and p The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman is a 2015 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The first thing one should know up front is that this is NOT an Alex Delaware mystery, although Alex does manage to have his name dropped once. This story is told from the personal perspective of a psychologist, Grace Blades. Grace is a success, despite her rough start in life, but is still haunted by her past, and perhaps you might question her mental health on more than one occasion. But, then her past presents itself in what was at first an awkward and embarrassing situation, that quickly turns deadly and dangerous. As Grace searches for answers, her memories come to the forefront of her mind as she tells the story of how she became a murderer’s daughter and how she coped, and managed to survive to become a doctor, and why she has so much empathy for her patients. But, as her story unfolds, we see another side of Grace that is sad, unnerving, and chilling, but is also brave, and too smart for her own good… I honestly had no preconceived notions when I started this book. I knew it was not a part of the long running Delaware series, and I had heard some positive buzz about it prior to its official release. However, I do confess to thinking this book would probably follow some kind of traditional mystery trope or formula, which is not the case. This is an interesting way of presenting a crime and Grace’s role in the developments that took place in her young life and how it all comes back to haunt her in adulthood. Her character is certainly fascinating. She’s a lone wolf, takes uncalled for risk, is a bit eccentric and her mental health may not be on par with what people consider normal, but it is like a defense mechanism, and of course her attitude, feelings, and actions will leave you feeling conflicted. In some ways she is like an anti-hero, but I found myself fascinated by her narrative, and could understand her at times, since I am an extreme introvert. Many things Grace craved, such as solitude and time to read, are things I will do anything to achieve. So, while some will not know how to take her, I actually liked her. While this is certainly not a traditional crime story or mystery, there is action, some very tense moments, and a lot of dark subject matter. However, it’s almost like reading Grace’s personal journals or maybe like reading a memoir, and she makes a compelling character study and is quite analytical. Once I finished the book, I was not sure about my feelings for it. But, the more I think about it, the more I see its merits and have concluded it was a good story, a little outside the box, but very thought provoking. Its unconventional style could throw Kellerman’s fans off a little bit, since this book is nothing at all like anything else he’s written, that I know of. But, I would urge people to approach the book with an open mind, and if you can do that, I think you will enjoy this book. 4 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    In many ways - none of which I can specify without spoiling it for others - this book was disturbing to me (not that there's anything wrong with that). Put another way, it's twisted just enough that I enjoyed it thoroughly. For those who don't already know, this one "stars" a psychologist, but it's not the author's popular Dr. Alex Delaware (although he does get a few mentions here). Instead, this stand-alone novel is about Dr. Grace Blades, a child prodigy who watched her parents die in a murder In many ways - none of which I can specify without spoiling it for others - this book was disturbing to me (not that there's anything wrong with that). Put another way, it's twisted just enough that I enjoyed it thoroughly. For those who don't already know, this one "stars" a psychologist, but it's not the author's popular Dr. Alex Delaware (although he does get a few mentions here). Instead, this stand-alone novel is about Dr. Grace Blades, a child prodigy who watched her parents die in a murder-suicide when she was just 5 years old. That, and living through a foster care system notorious for undesirables, left her with emotional scars that never healed even after she finally found loving adoptive parents. Thanks to her intelligence, drive and well-honed survival instincts, she accomplishes her goal of becoming a much sought-after psychologist capable of treating the most troubled of patients with success. But then, she opens her office door to a man with whom she quite recently had a brief encounter in a parking deck. He really needs her help, but Grace decides that because of that encounter, she must say no and turns him away. Shortly thereafter, the man is found murdered. Curious and feeling a little guilty for not agreeing to take him on as a patient (inasmuch as she's able to have feelings for anyone or anything), she temporarily shuts down her office and sets out on an investigation of her own. Once she ferrets out the almost-patient's real name, she realizes there's more to their connection than the parking deck meetup - a dark connection that requires her to bring to the forefront the childhood experiences she's compartmentalized in her mind over the years. Her sleuthing does seem to yield results faster and with less to go on than seems realistic for the average human, but after all, she's been way ahead of the intelligence game since she was a toddler. As I said at the beginning, I really enjoyed this book. But I will add this: If you're expecting to "connect" with any of the seriously flawed characters here, it's likely you'll be disappointed. Not a single one - not even Grace herself - exhibits anything close to a warm and fuzzy personality. But IMHO, for the purpose of this story, that's exactly as it should be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    The Murderer's daughter is centred around the character of Grace Blades. Grace is a psychologist that experienced living with numerous foster carers as a child after witnessing her parents dying in a murder-suicide. The story alternates between Grace's childhood and her present life, where a client of hers is found murdered. Initially, I got into this book quite easily and learning about Grace's early childhood was interesting. However, there was so much detail about her past (literally I feel l The Murderer's daughter is centred around the character of Grace Blades. Grace is a psychologist that experienced living with numerous foster carers as a child after witnessing her parents dying in a murder-suicide. The story alternates between Grace's childhood and her present life, where a client of hers is found murdered. Initially, I got into this book quite easily and learning about Grace's early childhood was interesting. However, there was so much detail about her past (literally I feel like her whole life was documented in minute detail!) that didn't relate to the present storyline that I lost interest. I finished the book, but only because I don't like not finishing books. I also didn't find the ending too satisfying either and I got a little bit fed up with Grace being so perfect and being told how intelligent she was. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy this one, but that's how it is sometimes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather L

    Man this was so good up until about the 50% mark. I had to skim and skim and when I got to 80% I just didn't feel anything up to that point was great or interesting or anything. This rambled on too much and by the end I was just waiting, waiting to be done. And then that ending?? I'm sorry I even started this book. It managed to hold my interest for half the time, and for that I gave it 2 stars. I enjoyed reading about Grace's upbringing and the obstacles she faced to get to be the woman she bec Man this was so good up until about the 50% mark. I had to skim and skim and when I got to 80% I just didn't feel anything up to that point was great or interesting or anything. This rambled on too much and by the end I was just waiting, waiting to be done. And then that ending?? I'm sorry I even started this book. It managed to hold my interest for half the time, and for that I gave it 2 stars. I enjoyed reading about Grace's upbringing and the obstacles she faced to get to be the woman she became. But the whole mystery part of the novel was drawn out and boring. I am sorely disappointed. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    In this story, Grace , as a child, witnessed her mother killing her father and then herself. Now after living in several foster homes and then adopted at 16, she's exceptional in figuring out what people want from her or what they want her to say. Now grown, she's a psychologist who specializes in people who have experienced trauma in their lives. However she has a secret; She sometimes goes on the prowl seeking strange men for sex. Until it backfires. The client she meets with is the man she had In this story, Grace , as a child, witnessed her mother killing her father and then herself. Now after living in several foster homes and then adopted at 16, she's exceptional in figuring out what people want from her or what they want her to say. Now grown, she's a psychologist who specializes in people who have experienced trauma in their lives. However she has a secret; She sometimes goes on the prowl seeking strange men for sex. Until it backfires. The client she meets with is the man she had sex with in a parking garage the night before. What's worse is a day after his appointment with her, he's found dead in an alleyway with her business card in his shoe. People are starting to follow Grace and now she's on the prowl to find out why. Using her skills as a psychologist, she takes the road previously traveled, her past, to find out whose behind the mayhem. I didn't enjoy this book. She's a loner that says what she wishes in her head but what comes out of her mouth is what she knows people want to hear. Narration is dull and the real reason behind the person following her is from her deduction and not the stalker. There are two exciting scenes in the book and the rest is basic. The switching from the present to the past provided insight as to why Grace is the way she is. As the old saying goes, "The apple don't fall far from the tree."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    I had never read Kellerman before and wasn’t sure what to expect. I understand from the blurb that this is a stand alone novel and not part of the Alex Delaware mystery series which has been raved about. Grace Blades has a horrifying childhood, living in a trailer park with alcoholic unstable parents who give her little to no attention. She learns very early on that she has to fend for herself. Her childhood is well documented not only at the beginning of the novel but throughout as we are told t I had never read Kellerman before and wasn’t sure what to expect. I understand from the blurb that this is a stand alone novel and not part of the Alex Delaware mystery series which has been raved about. Grace Blades has a horrifying childhood, living in a trailer park with alcoholic unstable parents who give her little to no attention. She learns very early on that she has to fend for herself. Her childhood is well documented not only at the beginning of the novel but throughout as we are told the story in a back and forth, past and present style. I really agonized along with the child Grace and cheered at her fortitude after she witnesses her parents murders and is then caught up in the foster care system. Going forward 20 years, Grace is a skilled psychotherapist specializing in post traumatic stress disorder. Her practice flourishes as word of mouth from her patients relate Grace as being empathetic, understanding and compassionate although I got the feeling that Grace is just a very good actress. Grace has a dark side and when she leaves her office she becomes a very different person. During one of her sexual “leaps” she meets someone from her past. She discovers this when he turns up at her office the next day, only to flee before he explains why he is there. The following day a homicide detective comes to her office and tells her that they have a victim who has her card in his shoe. From here we are propelled into the thriller part of the story as Grace herself tries to track down a killer. She is relentless in spite of the danger to herself. I found this part of the story to be unbelievable and found myself waiting for the book to rock back into the past. If you are looking for a very suspenseful thriller this isn’t the book for you. Maybe it is the switching back and forth in time that caused me never to feel that taut, thrilling suspense in a thriller that moves along at a faster pace. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonna

    You'd think that after reading nearly everything Jonathan Kellerman has written (including his non-fiction and children's books), I'd not be expecting to find out the motives of the bad guys, wouldn't you? Yet, reading 'The Murderer's Daughter' which is classified as a psychological thriller, the category most of Kellerman's books fit into, I was truly disappointed to arrive at the end and still have no answers. Deeply unsatisfactory ending, as far as I'm concerned. As for the rest of the novel You'd think that after reading nearly everything Jonathan Kellerman has written (including his non-fiction and children's books), I'd not be expecting to find out the motives of the bad guys, wouldn't you? Yet, reading 'The Murderer's Daughter' which is classified as a psychological thriller, the category most of Kellerman's books fit into, I was truly disappointed to arrive at the end and still have no answers. Deeply unsatisfactory ending, as far as I'm concerned. As for the rest of the novel, well, it wasn't all that satisfying either.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    A rare standalone from an author best known for his long running series featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware, Johnathon Kellerman doesn't stray far from the familiar in The Murderer's Daughter. Grace Blades is a respected psychotherapist who specialises in treating patients that have experienced extreme trauma. It isn't uncommon for new patients to abandon a session, but Grace is curious when the body of Andrew Toner is found the morning after their first meeting. Tracing his last movements A rare standalone from an author best known for his long running series featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware, Johnathon Kellerman doesn't stray far from the familiar in The Murderer's Daughter. Grace Blades is a respected psychotherapist who specialises in treating patients that have experienced extreme trauma. It isn't uncommon for new patients to abandon a session, but Grace is curious when the body of Andrew Toner is found the morning after their first meeting. Tracing his last movements, Grace unwittingly puts herself in the cross-hairs of a ruthless killer. Andrew Toner, Grace soon discovers, was born Typhon Dagon Roi, the orphaned son of a cult leader, who along with his siblings, Samael and Lilith, spent a brief period in the same foster home as Grace. Targeted by Andrew/Typhon's killer, Grace, intelligent and resourceful, conducts her own investigation, while evading the men targeting her, leading her into a harrowing confrontation with pitiless evil. The narrative alternates between the present, as Grace searches for for the killer, and the harrowing details of Grace's troubled past. Grace is an intriguing character. She was five when she witnessed her mother kill her father and then commit suicide, eleven when her foster mother, Ramona, collapsed and died in front of her. An incredibly bright child, she captured the interest of Ramona's brother-in-law, psychology professor Malcolm Bluestone, and his wife Sophia, who later adopted her. Now in her mid thirties, she is independently wealthy, and successful in her field, but she has a dark side that comes to the fore when threatened. The mystery runs a fairly predictable course, but Grace is a memorable character. Part fast paced thriller, part complex character study, The Murderer's Daughter is a great read for Kellerman fans, and new readers alike.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This is very much a character driven novel, I'm thinking future books coming. I really enjoyed the back story of Grace and Mr. Kellerman managed to take us there effortlessly when the present storyline was a little slow. Grace is non-apologetic (which I liked) and teaches us that "there are no excuses" - deal with it. I'm only giving it 4 stars because bits of it were boring when describing all the side roads etc, and when Grace was doing some of the research, it was a bit wordy. I'm also a little This is very much a character driven novel, I'm thinking future books coming. I really enjoyed the back story of Grace and Mr. Kellerman managed to take us there effortlessly when the present storyline was a little slow. Grace is non-apologetic (which I liked) and teaches us that "there are no excuses" - deal with it. I'm only giving it 4 stars because bits of it were boring when describing all the side roads etc, and when Grace was doing some of the research, it was a bit wordy. I'm also a little perplexed on why there didn't really seem to be a follow up on the bad guys looking for Grace - that just kind of petered out. Overall, a good read. **Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    A special thank you to Random House, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER by Jonathan Kellerman, a standalone featuring protagonist Dr. Grace Blades, a dedicated and intelligent psychologist with a horrific past; two worlds collide – an intriguing psycho-crime suspense, with a strong mix of literary fiction. Grace, 34, a highly regarded psychotherapist in L.A. Her therapy room is located in a 1920s English cottage serving as her p A special thank you to Random House, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER by Jonathan Kellerman, a standalone featuring protagonist Dr. Grace Blades, a dedicated and intelligent psychologist with a horrific past; two worlds collide – an intriguing psycho-crime suspense, with a strong mix of literary fiction. Grace, 34, a highly regarded psychotherapist in L.A. Her therapy room is located in a 1920s English cottage serving as her professional headquarters on a quiet corner in West Hollywood. Grace had insisted on the ideal location so patients could enter on one street and exit on the other. She has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—and her own childhood tragedy. Flashing back and forth we learn of a five-year-old- Grace in a trailer park, who lived with two strangers on the fringes a desert. Her biological mother and father were alcoholic drug addicts. There was a violent murder – a bloody suicide, and she is placed in foster care and later adopted. Grace, now a highly intelligent psychologist, has a dark secret life. She enjoys one night stands with strangers. Turns out, one man (one of the hookups), Andrew becomes a new patient, traveling out of state to see her. (using an alias, of course). When she realizes he is from her past, and turns up dead, she now is in danger. Now her professional life and past collide – a past she thought was behind her. Will her double life be exposed? Now Grace conducts her own investigating, pulling her back into the evil violent past, she thought she had escaped. Grace, an intriguing damaged character a survivor, brilliant, intelligent, yet cold and dark, at times and detached. She possesses tenacity and is driven to solve the mystery--She has to face her demons from the past in order to have a future. Due to Grace’s complex character, felt THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER was more of a deep character study, than a thriller, with seamless transition from past to present- Nicely Done. My first book by Kellerman and look forward to more! JDCMustReadBooks

  26. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    The Murderer’s Daughter is not an Alex Delaware thriller by Jonathan Kellerman, but more of a character driven new standalone featuring a psychologist, Dr. Grace Blades. Alex Delaware makes a cameo appearance, but this is a past and present story about an intellectually gifted, but broken individual. Grace is the daughter of a woman who killed her live in lover and then commits suicide which begins Grace’s trek through the juvenile foster system. The dual storylines occur when Grace has a run in The Murderer’s Daughter is not an Alex Delaware thriller by Jonathan Kellerman, but more of a character driven new standalone featuring a psychologist, Dr. Grace Blades. Alex Delaware makes a cameo appearance, but this is a past and present story about an intellectually gifted, but broken individual. Grace is the daughter of a woman who killed her live in lover and then commits suicide which begins Grace’s trek through the juvenile foster system. The dual storylines occur when Grace has a run in with another foster child from her past, who is murdered in present day. I found Grace’s character to be extremely interesting. She was a genius, with no true feelings, but tried to appear normal so that she wouldn’t be moved around in the foster care system. She eventually hit the lottery of foster homes and blossomed as much as she could. She dealt with sex through casual encounters because she had no understanding of being with someone. She found solitude to be the ultimate state. It is a good twist that Grace earns all her money being deeply empathetic with her patients, but her feelings all seemed to be learned and just called upon as needed in the present situation. This book was not what I was expecting. Mr. Kellerman does flow back and forth from past to present effortlessly. I did find the ending exciting, but not really believable. I would consider this book interesting, but not a thriller as I was expecting from this author. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read a free uncorrected proof of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    If this is the type of work that Kellerman puts out in the world then I'm definitely not buying again! The book started off ok with the backstory of the main character, Grace Blades, and the beginning of the story started out interesting enough but it totally went off the rails when Grace turned into her alter-ego (which I'm not saying is a bad thing). It was the complete and utter repetitive nonsense that went on throughout the rest of the book that completely bored me to tears! And oh my holy If this is the type of work that Kellerman puts out in the world then I'm definitely not buying again! The book started off ok with the backstory of the main character, Grace Blades, and the beginning of the story started out interesting enough but it totally went off the rails when Grace turned into her alter-ego (which I'm not saying is a bad thing). It was the complete and utter repetitive nonsense that went on throughout the rest of the book that completely bored me to tears! And oh my holy hell the driving and directions. Did we really need to read nearly 100 pages total of driving and the directions to where she was going?? I had always heard such positive things about this author but maybe that only applied to his Alex Delaware series. I'm not getting into the story other than the older Dr. Grace gets embroiled with a "bad ombré" (my homage to one of the many ridiculous quotes of the 2016 election) and then a cat and mouse game ensues. From there on out, it's Grace investigating who is after her and then a chase...read...repeat. The only mildly good parts were the flashbacks to Grace's childhood living in foster care. I definitely don't recommend it. I checked out the Alex Delaware series and may give that a go at some point when I have the time, but I'm in no rush. The only reason I'm giving this book 2 stars is because the flashbacks were the saving "Grace" of the book. 2 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Title: The Murderer's Daughter Written By: Jonathan Kellerman **NOT YET RELEASED/ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for my review~THANK YOU! *** Read: July/August, 2015 Genre: fiction, adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, psychological thriller, murder, strong female MC. Format: ebook, ARC via kindle (Samsung Galaxy Tab) My rating: 4.5 SOLID. Remarks: WOW! What a crazy, intense ride this book was!! I am limited somewhat as to what may be shared due to the release date is not yet upon us (8/18, I Title: The Murderer's Daughter Written By: Jonathan Kellerman **NOT YET RELEASED/ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for my review~THANK YOU! *** Read: July/August, 2015 Genre: fiction, adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, psychological thriller, murder, strong female MC. Format: ebook, ARC via kindle (Samsung Galaxy Tab) My rating: 4.5 SOLID. Remarks: WOW! What a crazy, intense ride this book was!! I am limited somewhat as to what may be shared due to the release date is not yet upon us (8/18, I believe). In short, this is a stand-alone, non-Delaware-Sturgis novel, but instead our MC is a former very poor, messed up orphan now independent Dr. Grace Blades. This story takes us through Grace's history as its weaved in throughout current and terrifying goings-on. A helluva fighter, we go through some tough scenes with Grace as she grows up to ultimately become a successful & noteworthy physiologist caught in the middle of deadly blasts from her past. I actually have been a Kellerman fan for YEARS and really enjoy the Alex Delaware series. That being said, I kinda liked our MC in this one and cannot help but to wonder if there might not be a few more stories left there for us...another series? Trilogy? She is a very deep, well developed and fascinating character, imo. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Thank you! :) Cheers, Lisa (@NurseLisainOhio)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Patrick

    3.5 Stars. I really liked this book! Grace is a badass, and there needs to be more women like her in novels. I am hoping this is only book one of a series, because I really liked her. Grace is a clinical psychologist with a terrible past and childhood, but has managed to beat the odds that were stacked against her. She keeps her emotions in check and doesn't allow anyone to get too close. Her personal life and her professional life suddenly get meshed together in a terrible way, and Grace has to a 3.5 Stars. I really liked this book! Grace is a badass, and there needs to be more women like her in novels. I am hoping this is only book one of a series, because I really liked her. Grace is a clinical psychologist with a terrible past and childhood, but has managed to beat the odds that were stacked against her. She keeps her emotions in check and doesn't allow anyone to get too close. Her personal life and her professional life suddenly get meshed together in a terrible way, and Grace has to attempt to fix it before her whole life blows up in her face. This wasn't a thriller by any means, but the character-building in this novel was superb. I did find it suspenseful, and I breezed through this one wanting to know who was involved and what was going on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wanda Hartzenberg

    Ok so my new rating policy might turn out to be unfair in certain circumstances. But in this case I think it works perfectly. If I read a book and I cannot put it down or if I have to put it down I cannot wait to pick it back up again then it gets a five star rating. And obviously if the plot is shabby, the logic faulty, the editing lacking etc then the book will get on my nerves instead of hooking me. However, this book took me a bit before it hooked me this completely. Only at 31% did my obsessio Ok so my new rating policy might turn out to be unfair in certain circumstances. But in this case I think it works perfectly. If I read a book and I cannot put it down or if I have to put it down I cannot wait to pick it back up again then it gets a five star rating. And obviously if the plot is shabby, the logic faulty, the editing lacking etc then the book will get on my nerves instead of hooking me. However, this book took me a bit before it hooked me this completely. Only at 31% did my obsession with seeing the end of the book come to light even though the book has a fast and immediate hook at the start. If I should guess, I would say that my “second hook” came so late because I had to get used to Grace and not Milo and Kie although they are referenced in passing in this book. But this book had me hooked. Kept me hooked and I am glad to say that I can recommend this to anybody who is a lover of this genre and most who might not normally like this genre. I am a long time fan but got a bit irritated with the main characters driving for pages at a time. Grace does the same but less so and she is new and twisted and perfect for a character. Grace is the definition of everything a character should be, a bit unpredictable. A lot unstable, then again she has reason to be. Her past filled out the story and plot brilliantly and I would have been happy if her past were the only thing up for discussion. When the present were as engaging I was in heaven. I really hope the author will make Grace Part of a new series and on the other hand I think by the end of book one, we actually do know what makes her tick so a series might not be necessary but still. I love Grace. What else can I tell you to convince you to read this book? Nothing. So stop reading this and get your copy of the book today. You will thank me.

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