THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTER is a fast-paced psychological thriller filled with nail-biting suspense, deft plotting and featuring a stunning femme fatale in Grace Blades, former student of Alex Delaware. [A] taut thriller . . . with the richness and resonance of literary fiction' (Washington Independent Review of Books) from New York Times No. 1 bestselling Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER and BREAKDOWN. Jonathan's compelling, potent storytelling will appeal to all fans of Patricia Cornwell and Michael Connelly. A brilliant and dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches - because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she watched her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But her now-accomplished life has a secret side, ruled by an insatiable desire; by night she pursues the addictive thrills of sexual trysts with strangers. And when her two worlds unexpectedly converge, Grace's past returns with a vengeance, threatening to destroy everything she's fought for - including her life. Shaken by the murder of her newest patient and fearful that an investigation will expose 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 Grace to confront a decades-old act of evil crying out to be avenged. Suddenly stalked by dangerous men, Grace must turn to the talent for survival she's depended on all her life in order to face down the darkest personal demon she's ever battled: her own.
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Warning This is an independent addition to The Murderer's Daughter, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. Introduction What exactly shapes us into the person we become? And what might have happened differently? These are the questions that lie at the heart of Jonathan Kellerman's latest novel featuring the intriguing and multi-faceted Dr. Grace Blades. This book takes a hard look at the shattering effects of trauma, and what it takes for people to rebuild themselves. Grace was five years old when she watched her parents die in a gruesome murder-suicide. Nearly thirty years later, she has become widely known as an expert psychologist specializing in the treatment of those she calls the Haunted: victims of horrifying trauma. Grace is respected as compassionate and dedicated healer, but she has a secret side - a dark addiction to danger and adrenaline. Grace believes that both her clandestine habits and tormented past are well-concealed - until one day her personal and professional lives collide. Suddenly Grace finds herself being hunted by someone she never expected to see again. Struggling to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, Grace must dig deep into her own haunted memories to understand what is happening and why. What she manages to uncover is terrifying: an evil is rising, and she may be the only one who can see it coming. There are two main narrative paths in this novel - the backstory of Grace growing up, and the murder mystery unfolding in the present. The book is full of twists, turns and thrilling subversions of thriller tropes. However, readers may find the back-and-forth nature of the plot confusing, and the two narratives do not complement each other as strongly as they could. Nonetheless, while The Murderer's Daughter might have its shortcomings as a standalone novel, it is flawless as an introduction to the captivating Grace Blades. Readers will be left wanting more of her. Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved
Lulu and Merry's childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu's tenth birthday their father propels them into a nightmare. He's always hungered for the love of the girls' self-obsessed mother; after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly. Lulu had been warned not let her father in, but when he shows up drunk, he's impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past Lulu, who then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help, but discovers upon her return that he's murdered her mother, stabbed her five-year-old sister, Merry, and tried, unsuccessfully, to kill himself. Lulu and Merry are effectively orphaned by their mother's death and father's imprisonment. The girls' relatives refuse to care for them and abandon them to a terrifying group home. Even as they plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family, they come to learn they'll never really belong anywhere or to anyone—that all they have to hold onto is each other. For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. One spends her life pretending he's dead, while the other feels compelled--by fear, by duty--to keep him close. Both dread the day his attempts to win parole may meet with success. A beautifully written, compulsively readable debut, Randy Susan Meyers's The Murderer's Daughters is a testament to the power of family and the ties that bind us together and tear us apart.
Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis struggle to make sense of a seemingly inexplicable massacre in this electrifying psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense. LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them—the ones he calls “different”—he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. But neither Alex nor Milo are prepared for what they find on an early morning call to a deserted mansion in Bel Air. This one’s beyond different. This is predation, premeditation, and cruelty on a whole new level. Four people have been slaughtered and left displayed bizarrely and horrifically in a stretch limousine. Confounding the investigation, none of the victims seems to have any connection to any other, and a variety of methods have been used to dispatch them. As Alex and Milo make their way through blind alleys and mazes baited with misdirection, they encounter a crime so vicious that it stretches the definitions of evil.
A Philadelphia narcotics cop is shot dead in his home. A bar owner's wife and partner are gunned down during an attempted robbery. And in a beautiful mansion, a young woman dies of a heroin overdose. At first the crimes seem unconnected. But these four deaths are about to trigger a massive convergence of corruption, cops, and the mob that could tear the Philadelphia Police Department apart from the inside out. All the way to the top...
Though born in France, writer Gustave Aimard had a frontier spirit, and his travels in northern Mexico proved to be a life-changing experience. In The Trapper's Daughter, Aimard combines all of the elements of a classic western novel -- adventure, romance, ruminations on the desert landscape, and pulse-pounding encounters with enemies -- in a seamless package that will thrill fans of the genre.