The Abortionist's Daughter

The Abortionist s Daughter Two weeks before Christmas Diana Duprey an outspoken abortion doctor is found dead in her swimming pool A national figure Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers but never so than the day of h

  • Title: The Abortionist's Daughter
  • Author: Elisabeth Hyde
  • ISBN: 9780307263667
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found dead in her swimming pool A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, but never so than the day of her death Her husband Frank, a longtime attorney in the DA s office her daughter Megan, a freshman in college the Reverend Stephen O Connell, founder of the town s proTwo weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found dead in her swimming pool A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, but never so than the day of her death Her husband Frank, a longtime attorney in the DA s office her daughter Megan, a freshman in college the Reverend Stephen O Connell, founder of the town s pro life coalition all of them quarreled with Diana that day and each one has something to lose in revealing the truth Meanwhile the detective on the case struggles for the answers and finds himself intimately involved than he ever could have imagined.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Elisabeth Hyde

      Elisabeth Hyde is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, most recently In the Heart of the Canyon, a NY Times Editor s Choice and a People Magazine Great Read Her fourth novel, The Abortionist s Daughter, became a best seller in Great Britain after being selected as a Summer Read by The Richard and Judy Show Britain s Oprah, at the time Trained as a lawyer, she tried cases for the U.S Department of Justice in Washington, D.C for several years, a day job that still gives her stomachaches just to think about it Realizing that she preferred written conflict over face to face argument, she eventually left the law to write fiction, and never looked back She lives in Boulder with her husband and the best dog in the whole world.

    725 thoughts on “The Abortionist's Daughter”

    1. A cheap, flimsy book masquerading as a thoughtful thriller. Hyde seems to draw her insights on human nature from blockbuster movies: the spunky, headstrong teen; the high-powered lawyer; the obsessive boyfriend; the hardened but still vulnerable cop When the daughter inexplicably (but spunkily! and sexily!) decides to sleep over at the cop's house, I almost yelled, "Oh, come ON!" The characters are unconvincing in the extreme, the "mystery" is no mystery at all, and Hyde's solemn attempt at mor [...]

    2. This novel uses the abortion debate as the background for a tepid narrative. What frustrated me most is that the author seems to feel like she needs to pretend to present both sides, and yet she is so graphic in her descriptions of abortion, and so clearly doesn't really think it's right. She never gives any narrative space to why people might need abortions, doesn't give us any characters who choose abortion and in fact kills the one female doctor who provides abortion (and even this doctor fee [...]

    3. This book actually impressed me. Usually when I buy books without checking them out on , they're terrible. This was probably the most predictable thriller I've ever read but then again nine times out of ten, I do guess the killer pretty early on in other books. This book had a really nice cover and it had a very intriguing title so I picked it up. The plot sounded so interesting but it wasn't actually as interesting as it sounded. It's very clichéd and the characters are all very one-dimensiona [...]

    4. The author starts with a premise: two people with strong convictions make a 180-degree flip when their personal lives are involved. And when they do, what are the consequences? Written in the omniscient POV so the reader gets to watch characters dance all around the book. The abortionist gets to tell her story in a strange way. Two things popped out at me--one, the novelist's rule that the two protagonists need to be introduced in the first page or two made for a rather convoluted beginning, but [...]

    5. Maybe I'm getting curmudgeonly in my old age. I probably would have liked this book when I was 15 and I thought that anything with the word "abortionist" in the title must be socially hip. At 15 I didn't really care about things like character development or a plausible plot. I mean, of course cops always risk their careers for the nubile nineteen-year-old girls (yes, I said girl) they are also investigating. Of course, smart, level-headed children get involved in unstable relationships and porn [...]

    6. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading 'The Abortionist's Daughter' by Elisabeth Hyde. Clearly, the topic of abortion is always controversial. In this novel, however,the fact that one of the characters, Diane Duprey, was a doctor who performed abortions and founded her very own Center for Reproductive Choice, was a sort of secondary theme to the story that unfolded. 'The Abortionist's Daughter' is a mystery a classic whodunit. The story begins with the murder of Dr. Duprey in a swimmi [...]

    7. So lately I've noticed that these hype books fall into three categories: those I read and hated (and felt justified hating because I hate the hype), those I read and surprsingly liked (and sometimes resented myself a bit for liking because, again, I hate the hype) and those that I will never read. (Yes, I can be a book snob. I am dealing with it.) The Abortionists Daughter falls into the first group, although now that I'm done I wish I'd had the sense to put it in the third group.It was recommen [...]

    8. Although I really enjoyed this book and it had that quailty that made it hard to put down. It was all very over the top and had very bizzare and unrealistic events.It was hard to really care for the characters and Bill didn't even feel like a real person, just some over the top pantomime villian.This is worth a read for the entertainment factor but it doesn't really get deep enough for many of the issues in the book.

    9. What a dumb book. If I'm going to name everything that was dumb, this post would be full of spoilers. But to name only one, of the many: detective takes in victim's daughter (who is still a suspect). Everyone thinks he is sleeping with her. Very jealous ex boyfriend of daughter finds out. Then he gets called into his bosses office, where very jealous ex-boyfriend is too. He wonders what that ex-boyfriend is doing there. Boss says: you tell me. And then this dumb 26-year old detective (yeah, righ [...]

    10. I was really enjoying this book when it seemed like a police procedural. There were a lot of interesting layers to possible suspects, and some very well developed characters. Sadly, at about the halfway mark, the book got sidetracked. Abruptly, the main police character, Huck, stopped acting like a cop trying to solve a homicide and started going all googly about his relationship with his girlfriend and his *feelings* about the annoying and self-absorbed daughter of the murder victim. This felt [...]

    11. I can not decide if I should rater The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde a 5 for "It was amazing" or a 2 for "It was okay." Readers are given more information then detectives, because people, like the abortionist's daughter, Megan, withhold information that might have helped them solve the crime as quickly as astute readers can. That is, I knew early on who the murderer was, while the detectives stayed clueless for most of the book. What I liked was the range of topics covered without bei [...]

    12. Call me dumb, but I didn't even realise this was a mystery novel until the second chapter. I assumed it was some dark post-modern exploration of devastation or whatever the meme of the month is and I'd thought I'd give it a chance. It's a page turner, it's a long time since I've read a book in two days. I like how she reveals vital plot information far from the end of the book, though I wonder why she didn't just open up the book with the ending. She developed five characters as well as one can [...]

    13. Abortion. Pornography. Malfeasance in the justice system. Illegal/legal drug abuse. Stalkers. It’s all in The Abortionist’s Daughter. Title notwithstanding, this crime novel has no primary protagonist. From chapter to chapter, the spotlight focuses upon different characters, throwing light upon their personal points of view with respect to the murder, and with respect to their relationships with the others who are enmeshed in the case. As in real life, each has his/her own virtues and faults [...]

    14. Without doubt the worst attempt at a murder-mystery I've ever encountered I read it right after Richard and Judy's book club sang it's praises years ago and it haunts me how bad it is to this day. It is very hard to enjoy a story when the majority of the characters are unlikable, even harder still when you can somehow tell that it was the writer's intention for you to actually like these people. The plot twist (a.k.a. the murderer's reveal) can hardly be called such, seeing as you know which cha [...]

    15. There's something really special about listening to a good thriller on audiobook. The taut language and frequent plot twists just go really well with long drives. Sometimes, when I time it right, I can get one plot twist per 45-minute work commute, and it's awesome. Unfortunately, The Abortionist's Daughter is NOT a good thriller - it's a horrid, hackneyed, faux-progressive bore.You can't fault the premise: one December afternoon, noted abortion doctor Diana Dupree is murdered in her absurdly ni [...]

    16. this is another book that i wouldn't have sought out on my own. it was laying around on the coffee table in my living room for several months, & finally i was bored enough to pick it up & read it. i was probably foiled in my plans to hit the library due to rain or something. i am just not really into books like this--kind of cheesy thrillers full of criminals denying their criminal activities & people having very questionable affairs with the cops investigating the deaths of their mo [...]

    17. I shall have to look into this author. I like the way she writes very much. Some writers get so carried away with their stories that they get further and further away from reality, which is fine and dandy - as everyone says "It's fiction!" But I am particular about the kind of novels where I tolerate reality being stretched. Stephen King for example, is an author whose books no-one would read expecting the content to stick to the rules of reality, in fact, expecting the opposite. When a story pu [...]

    18. I was reading something else, I don't even remember what now, but it was so so so boring, that when I was randomly staying at a hostel and found this, I immediately swapped it. I hate leaving books unfinished, but sometimes you just have too.So many books have titles like these and most of them are eh. This was definitely one of them. The Abortionist works in a small town and is found murdered one night. The book tries to find out who killed her. The husband, whom she was last seen fighting with [...]

    19. This book had a lot of potential - off the bat, an abortionist having a child, and a daughter at that, is in itself interesting, and though I am not a fan of mysteries, her winding up dead is interesting too, all the more if so called pro lifers are behind it. But instead the novel, which started out well enough and was decently written, missed many more opportunities than it took. The abortionist is described as outspoken, difficult, and tough, yet whenever we 'meet' her she seems just about pe [...]

    20. I started off listening to the audio version, which I thought was excellent. But once I was just a short way to the end, I grabbed my paperback copy off my bookshelf and finished it.I thought it was very good. Briefly, it's about the murder of a local doctor who runs an abortion clinic and the investigation. There's the mystery of who could have murdered her - the local Pro-Life minister? The husband? Someone else?And then there are the issues that the daughter, Megan, must deal with - not only [...]

    21. Selected purely on the basis that it was on the Richard & Judy list and very easy to get hold of. They really did have a huge impact on book stores and making their list can really catapult a novel into the best sellers. The abortionaist daughter was a huge disappointment. After Megan discovers her mom has been murdered an investigation gets underway to find the killer. Her mother ran an abortion clinic and attracted alot of controversity. When the killers is finally revealed you will be nei [...]

    22. One of the most predictable, boring, "who-done-it?" books I have ever read in the history of ever. The writing isn't bad, but the characters are more like caricatures, unbelievable and very convenient. The title is misleading, as well. It's not about the abortionist's daughter at all. The only character worth paying attention to is the murdered abortionist. She had some intrigue and some interesting depths that were only explored at the end of the book, when we get to see the day she was murdere [...]

    23. My wife used to purchase all of Richard & Judy's summer reads. Many of then didn't appeal to me as a man, although I did read some of them. This one has been sitting in my mini library in the spare bedroom for six or seven years. I suppose it was the title which didn't appeal to me. I had visions of a back street abortionist but this book has little to do with abortion. It is a story about the murder of the abortionist, the police investigation and the way her death affects her disfuntional [...]

    24. As a murder mystery book it is a bit unoriginal and predictable, so I wasn't overly impressed in that respect although it is a reasonably good read. But considering this is more plot rather than character driven, it's a slight problem. Plus the daughter was an irritating little madam. And the older man being besotted with her and this supposedly becoming some love affair???? Dear god.The thing that I did like about the book was the abortion issue. Got to admit, my prejudices did get the better o [...]

    25. This book had the potential to be a great crime thriller and started out wellbut somehow just lost momentum by the end. The author treated the abortion issue fairly, I thought; neither villianizing nor canonizing? either the female abortion provider or the pro-life protestors. And this was really a side issue to the murder mystery anyway. She went into too much detail, too much character development, too many side issues like the doctor's son with Down's who died or the dumb romance between the [...]

    26. I had really looked forward to reading this book. It had been hyped up and recommended as being original and different. From the first page I found the author's style of writing cheap and trashy with many gramatical errors. The only character who was remotely human and interesting was killed instantly leaving us only with cliched, stereotypical and uninteresting characters who did not develop as the story unfolded. I also found this story entirely predictable. The romance was again cliché and d [...]

    27. Megan Duprey's mother is found dead in her own swimming pool. With a number of possible suspects, this book is of the journey leading up to the murder and how it affects her family's life.I like this type of book. A good murder mystery. I'm not sure about bringing the whole debate about abortion into the novel- but I guess it expanded on the possible suspects. I guessed early on in the book who had murdered her- so it was a bit pointless carrying on but I did anyway. Megan was an interesting pro [...]

    28. Megan and her father both recently fought with Diana, her mother, his wife. Now Diana has been found dead in her swimming pool and the police are investigating it as murder. Diana was an abortion doctor with many enemies in the community and there are a lot of suspects for a jaded detective to look into. This had a good story and it did keep you reading so why only two stars? Well I felt is was obvious from the very beginning who the killer was and I hate that in a whodunnit! i like to be kept g [...]

    29. I've had this book for ages and just never got around to reading it. I'm glad I finally did! This was a good read but quite predictable. I guessed the killer a few chapters in and I didn't feel emotionally attached to any of the main characters, they seemed to be presented as flat and sort of hollow. It's one to read if you like a weak thriller but not one to read if you have strong views about abortion and don't appreciate the graphic descriptions. I felt like Hyde was trying to be neutral rath [...]

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