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The Murderer's Daughter Audiobook

The Murderer's Daughter: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour-de-force novel that introduces an unforgettable new heroine and illustrates perfectly why "Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller" (People).

Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches - perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her towering intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But as an adult, Grace's accomplished professional life vies with a covert, high-risk dark side, played out harrowingly. And when Grace's two worlds shockingly converge, her past returns with a vengeance.

The crisis begins when the busy therapist encounters a new patient whose own bleak past seems to eerily echo her own grim childhood. But there's a complication: She's met Andrew Toner before, under bizarre circumstances, and must refuse to treat him. Thinking that this is the last she'll hear of the young man, Grace is stunned to learn he was murdered soon after leaving her office, a vicious crime that leads a homicide investigation to her doorstep.

Shaken by the killing and fearing exposure of her double life, Grace sets out to probe the crime herself. But when she stumbles on the dead man's true identity, a horrifying chapter from her childhood is violently reawakened, forcing her to confront a decades-old act of evil that cries out for retribution. Suddenly stalked by vicious predators, Grace must draw upon the fierce will to survive that has powered her entire life while facing down her darkest personal demons.

©2015 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Mazur captures Blades's intelligence, intensity, and emotional highs and lows, varying her delivery with every passage. When needed, Mazur speaks in a tone of resigned understatement and then, seemingly without pause, turns it to raging intensity." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

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    Kiki Fitz 08-25-15
    Kiki Fitz 08-25-15
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    "Do not bother..."
    What would have made The Murderer's Daughter better?

    I don't think anything could have saved this book, other than not writing it, in the first place.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

    I do not believe Jonathon Kellerman wrote this book. It was trite, shallow and made no sense to me. I could not finish this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The female leads voice was so depressing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still a fan of Alex Delaware books and look forward to the next installment in the series.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Velma Springs 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"

    Should be named diary of a schizophrenic. It started good but main character had no interaction with supposed villain. It seemed all about her and you kept waiting for something that could be plausible

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Collins 08-20-15
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    "Different"

    I love Jonathan Kellerman books. This one had potential, but it is overly complicated. Some people have 3-4 names, and with a host of other characters it is difficult to keep track. Usually I don't mind the wandering into psychology theory, but it bugged me this time, because it seemed to have nothing to do with the story. The protagonist is not likable.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen COVENTRY, RI, United States 08-25-15
    Stephen COVENTRY, RI, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't Finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Yes, if you like long boring books!


    What could Jonathan Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stick to dr delaware


    What didn’t you like about Kathe Mazur’s performance?

    Monotone voice


    What character would you cut from The Murderer's Daughter?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few books I couldn't finish

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ailene MacPherson 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What's the point of fiction?"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or Kathe Mazur?

    Absolutely Not!


    What could Jonathan Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Since this is the lowest quality fiction I have ever read I think maybe Mr. Kellerman could have improved this book by going back to his college fiction class. The point of fiction is to merge the realms of shocking realism with imagination. This book certainly has the imagination part, but so could any novel unconstrained by the bounds of reality. The hallow interactions between characters, the utter lack of realistic emotion, and an omnipotent protagonist made me feel the emotion of anger more penitently then the sum total of all the emotions captured in this whole book, or at least the gagging 6 hours of it I made it through.


    Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I thought that her performance was the only saving grace of this audio book.


    What character would you cut from The Murderer's Daughter?

    Grace. Of course without a main character there isn't really a book; which is my point. With a protagonist like Ms. Grace Blades there is no need for a book.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    anita 09-02-15
    anita 09-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "not riveting"

    struggled to keep interested in the middle towards the end. often I heard: blah. blah blah blah. wish I had not bought it

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Goldenlks 09-01-15
    Goldenlks 09-01-15
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    "blah, blah, blah"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or Kathe Mazur?

    maybe 1 more


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman’s story?

    a story line was never present


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    it was ok


    What character would you cut from The Murderer's Daughter?

    I wouldnt have any of them becuse the book had no real content


    Any additional comments?

    poor story line, when the book was finished I was still waiting for SOMETHING

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 08-26-15
    Ian 08-26-15
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    "So very very disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot would have helped. I got tired of hearing about her patients. The overwrought descriptions of her Aston Martin and her food read like a first time paperback lurid writer. I have read every Kellerman Alex Delaware book and loved them and this was so far removed from them as to not appear to be the same writer.


    Has The Murderer's Daughter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I certainly wouldn't buy another book about the same character


    What didn’t you like about Kathe Mazur’s performance?

    I did not have any problems with the reader


    What character would you cut from The Murderer's Daughter?

    This isn't the real problem with the book so I am not sure why you would include this question, but I would have cut the prolonged reviews of her patients. The development of the story was so slow


    Any additional comments?

    I gave up on this and am returning it. A Kellerman book, I can't believe it. I have only ever returned one book previously

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "did not care for this story."

    I kept waiting for.the mystery and intrigue I associate with Kellerman. instead.I found this to be pointless rambling without a discernible plot. disappointing. to be fair, however, I shoukd say I did not make it past 2/3 ir pissibly 3/4 of thr story. I was beyond bored

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Saint Paul, MN, United States 08-20-15
    Susan Saint Paul, MN, United States 08-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I was expecting, but I loved it!"
    Where does The Murderer's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds, including all of Jonathan Kellerman's, and this is one of my very favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murderer's Daughter?

    When the Grace and Andrew have their scheduled appointment and realize it was not the first time they've met.


    Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so, but I thought she did a wonderful job. I plan to look for other books performed by her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. Wish I'd taken longer, but was so intrigued I finished it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    Not at all like the recent Jonathan Kellerman novels. I've enjoying them all, but found this one particularly intriguing, and enjoyed the narration too.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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