The Abortionist's Daughter

The Abortionist's Daughter

Book - 2006
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Elisabeth Hyde has taken a powerful moral predicament and constructed around it a richly layered, compulsively readable novel about a murder in a small Colorado town, about the choices we make and the way their unintended consequences ripple through our lives. Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found floating in her pool, a bruise the size of a golf ball visible through her dark curls. A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, never more so than on the day of her death. Her husband, Frank, an attorney in the D.A.' s office for more than twenty years, had fought bitterly with her on the day of her murder. Yet to reveal the nature of their fight would cost him not only his career but something greater still-- a relationship he will go to any lengths to protect. Diana' s daughter, Megan, a college freshman, had also quarreled with Diana that day, and her role in her mother' s murder will prove more significant than she ever could have anticipated. The Reverend Stephen O' Connell, founder of the town' s pro-life coalition, obviously had issues with Diana, but his anger extended beyond the political to the personal-- namely, Dr. Duprey' s involvement with his own troubled teenager. Meanwhile, the detective on the case grapples to make sense of it all. His investigation implicates many in this town and reveals a series of gross miscalculations, each one challenging what we know, or think we know, about community, fidelity, justice, and love. A riveting and provocative page-turner: a novel of stunning economy and momentum by a writer poised for wide discovery.
ISBN: 9780307263667
Characteristics: 285 pages ;,24 cm.


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csbryant Apr 17, 2011

This book was a pretty big disappointment. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but this was not it. It wasn’t an awful book, if it had been I wouldn’t have finished it, but it wasn’t good either. It was pretty mundane, for lack of a better word.

Essentially, the book was about the murder of a well-known abortion provider in a small town. Now, you would think that such a plot would give way to at least a little bit of controversy, but there was next to none. Both sides of the abortion debate were addressed, albeit briefly, but that was the end of that.

The plot was pretty shallow. Nothing was ever really explained. For a murder mystery, which I didn’t realize I was picking up, there was not a whole lot of mystery. Most of the book sees the detectives focusing their investigation on someone who is clearly not the culprit, while completely dismissing the obvious killer. Hyde could have done a lot more with this.

The book’s one redeeming factor is the detailed recap of the doctors last moments alive. Those few pages at the very end of the book contained the book’s best writing. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Nov 04, 2007

Ok but I thought the plot was obvious.

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