August 3, 2015

The Murderer's Daughter

The Murderer's Daughter
by Jonathan Kellerman
to be published: August 18
publisher:  Ballantine Books
source: NetGalley  

reflections:   Back in the mid-and-late 1980's I read every Alex Delaware novel by Jonathan Kellerman.   I got distracted from reading when I went back to teaching full-time.

What a super read!    Grace is a successful psychologist who treats people who have suffered trauma or loss.    An old article  Living with Evil:  Emotional Aspects of Kinship with a Murderer published  in an out-of-circulation criminology journal brings a new client to Grace.  He stays only fifteen minutes.   What happens afterwards influences Grace's vacation plans.

I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters that told about Grace's birth and growing-up years.   She was self-sufficient child who wanted nothing more than to be alone and read, read, read.  A frequent refrain throughout those years:   In the end, no one cared about you.

This is a stand-alone novel, although Alex Delaware is mentioned briefly in passing.

my perspective:   One of the very best I've read in 2015, even though I had some questions about some of the events.    I'm going to have to hunt up the Kellerman novels I've missed.