The Abortionist's Daughter

The Abortionist's Daughter

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The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde, Beth McDonald

When the director of the Center for Reproductive Choice is murdered, a town must confront the consequences of choice, the nature of guilt, and the hidden allegiances and hostilities that animate and destroy families and communities.

Two weeks before Christmas, Dr. Diana Duprey is found floating face-up in a small lap pool in her back yard. A medical doctor with an abortion practice, and a national figure who inspired passion and ignited tempers, she had been the target of violent threats by right-to-life activists. Her husband, Frank Thomson, a lawyer in the district attorney’s office, fought bitterly with her on the morning of her murder. To reveal the nature of their argument would cost him his career—and more. Diana’s daughter, Megan, also quarreled with her on the day of her death. The Reverend Stephen O’Connell, founder of the town’s outspoken Lifeblood Coalition, had reasons of his own to want Diana’s practice shut down, including her involvement with his troubled teenager. The investigation of the case unleashes a flood of secrets in Duprey’s small Colorado town, whose residents must face haunting questions—and the accusations of their own consciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598870442
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 06/22/2006
Edition description: Unabridged; 8.5 hours on 7 CDs
Pages: 510
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

BETH MCDONALD is a sought-after narrator and voice talent who has narrated many bestsellers. An audition coach and acting teacher as well as a working actress, the Juilliard graduate has appeared across the country in regional theatre and on Broadway. Her television credits include recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. She appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and several independent feature films.

ELISABETH HYDE grew up in New Hampshire but now resides in Colorado. She briefly practiced law for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before taking time off to write her first novel. The recipient of working scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she now teaches creative writing through artist-in-residence programs. The Abortionist's Daughteris her fourth novel.

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Abortionist's Daughter 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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prettybunny More than 1 year ago
really good. kept me wanting more
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ChinaKat More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It's been a while since I read it but I can still picture my vision of the pool and the snow outside. The writing and characters were compelling and the story kept the pages turning. It is an emotional 'who done it' which will keep you guessing the whole time. It is also a story about family and the power of parenting. I haven't read anything else by this author, but if they are written like this one I think I will enjoy her other book as well. Titles like this get you interested, but the good writing is what pulls you in.
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katknit More than 1 year ago
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 several different characters - the daughter, two detectives, victim's husband, ex boyfriend, the victim herself, antiabortion activist -, 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, and some are likable while others are not. In some ways this book is reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's. Author Hyde has an intelligent writing style, a layman's understanding of psychology, and a talent for infusing her characters with authenticity. While it becomes evident early on who the culprit is, motive and method do not. The Abortionist's Daughter has the makings of a made-for-TV movie, with lots of drama and juicy plum roles.
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Zelda More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be but was able to keep my attention. Different twist keep you wanting to find more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put down this book! Excellently written and good mystery. You really feel for the characters. Don't judge this book by it's title....I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me reading from page one. It wasn't predictable and it seemed like something that could really happen in a town anywhere. A highschool relationship gone bad that turns very tragic is what will really get you with this one. Don't focus on the title. Excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Hyde's books. Her style is distinct and keeps the readers entralled. This isn't a murder mystery like you would find in the 'mystery' section of the bookstore it's more about the relationships of the characters and how life changes people. This isn't for those who only read murder mysteries, but if you love Hyde then you'll probably like this one too. I read it in a day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the writer was trying for suspense, but just wound up be being boring. I figured out 'whodunnit' before the first chapter was over. The characters were one dimensional, and not even likeable! A waste of time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very disappointing novel. The story line was weak, the events predictable, the characters one-dimensional. I am sorry I wasted my money. This should have been a cheap paperback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the writer's style and she kept me guessing as to who did it. The interaction with the father, mother, and daughter was very real. The ending left me hanging though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't start this book unless you have time to finish it. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It reads quickly and reels you in from the first page. It has nothing to do woth the prolife/prochoice issue. It is a true murder mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of the Dupreys is something you'll get wrapped up in. This is a beautifuly written story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Because she is a director of a Colorado abortion clinic, Dr. Diana Duprey knows many people want her dead. Still when someone succeeds in killing her in the exercise pool of her home, her spouse District Attorney Frank Thompson and their nineteen years old daughter Megan are stunned.------------- The detective in charge of the investigation Huck Berlin knows this is a difficult case because of the enormous abortion enemy list and a witness claiming Diana had nasty arguments with her husband and her daughter just before she died. Since the coroner has a conflict of interest, another medical examiner does the autopsy though he holds a grudge against Frank. As Huck struggles with the case and his attraction to a prime suspect Megan, who seems to beg him to take her, he seems no closer to a resolution.------------- The whodunit and why take a back seat to the deep look into the impact of performing abortions by a caring medical practitioner and her family. Diana though seen mostly in flashbacks is a fascinating individual who believes she is doing the morally right thing. Her spouse thinks more about how her work impacts his political ambitions. Their daughter Megan is the most complex character of all as she is confused over her mother¿s idealism that seem contradictory as it also means killing a potential life. Diana¿s clients also are delved into with their conflicting internal disputes. Much more rounded than simple sound bites by pro life and pro women¿s rights, Elisabeth Hyde provides a strong character study that opens the abortion debate in an intelligent manner.------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You never know what will happen in Ms. Hyde's books....definitely a good read!