The Murderer's Daughter

The Murderer's Daughter

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes bonus material

From the 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.
Praise for The Murderer’s Daughter
“[A] taut thriller . . . with the richness and resonance of literary fiction.”—Washington Independent Review of Books
“A stunning page-turner with a truly fascinating femme fatale at its fast-beating heart . . . packed with ingenious, razor-sharp plotting, mesmerizing mind games and nail-biting suspense.”—Yorkshire Evening Post
“A tight, fast-paced narrative [with] a brilliant, kick-ass heroine.”—Library Journal
“Kellerman doesn’t let off-the-charts genius Grace become one-dimensional. Her backstory and challenge to fit in, even into adulthood, are an engaging part of this satisfying mystery, which, though billed as a stand-alone, could certainly make a spin-off series.”Booklist
“An amazing tale of survival and adaptability in the face of neglect and murder.”RT Book Reviews
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: Random House Publishing Group


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Feb 04, 2020

The long, intricate build-up terminates in an unexpected simple ending. A disappointment for this fan of Jonathan Kellerman. It's as if Kellerman got disinterested and finished off the bad guys and the book with a formula ending.

I could understand the protagonist but not empathize.

Two stars.

Apr 20, 2019

Very long and tedious for such a disappointing ending. Although I enjoyed parts of it, the author could have taken the time to write something more realistic and convincing.

Feb 25, 2019

So bad. Loose ends but who cares. Utterly stupid, stupid, stupid. I wasted hours of my life determined to get to the end this time. Got to the end and sorry I bothered. Bad, bad, bad.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sep 22, 2015


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.

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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