Dr. Diana Duprey, an abortion doctor, is found dead, floating in the family pool. The suspects include her husband Frank, who is the town D.A. who fou...moreDr. Diana Duprey, an abortion doctor, is found dead, floating in the family pool. The suspects include her husband Frank, who is the town D.A. who fought with her last, Rev. Steve O'Connell who visited Diana in her home even though she had a restraining order in place, and her daughter Megan, who also argued with Diana the same day.
"The Abortionist's Daughter" is sort-of whodunit mystery wrapped around a controversial issue. The mystery aspect of the novel was predictable at best. I guessed who had murdered Diana halfway through the book. That didn't stop the book from being enjoyable, though. One thing I liked about the book is that it didn't shove certain views down your throat. Hyde didn't put down people for abortions and/or people against abortions.
One thing that absolutely bugged me was the "blossoming" relationship between the cop investigating the case and the victim's daughter, Megan. Was I supposed to be rooting for that relationship? Because I wasn't. That could not have been more inappropriate. It wasn't sweet or romantic. The novel would have been better off if that particular route had not been taken. So, two stars.(less)
"Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark is about Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her 15-year old sister, Andrea, was allegedly murdered by her...more"Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark is about Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her 15-year old sister, Andrea, was allegedly murdered by her rich boyfriend Robert Westerfield. Ellie feels that she is to blame for her sister's murder since she knew where and with whom her sister was during the hours leading up to Andrea's murder, yet kept quiet for fear of getting her sister in trouble.
Fast forward twenty-years where Rob Westerfield is up for parole and intends to seek a new trial to prove his innocence. Ellie, who is now an investigative reporter and is sure of Westerfield's guilt goes back to her hometown to find more evidence against him.
I thought "Daddy's Little Girl" was an exceptional mystery that kept me guessing until the end (which was downright creepy). Ellie was also an extremely likable and memorable heroine. It was a quick and easy read. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books. This is my third Mary Higgins Clark book. I read "Two Little Girls in Blue" and "Daddy's Little Girl" within days of each other and I have to say that this is my favorite from the two.(less)
It's weird, but during this book I suffered through various feelings of like and dislike. When I started reading it, I actually liked it quite a lot,...moreIt's weird, but during this book I suffered through various feelings of like and dislike. When I started reading it, I actually liked it quite a lot, but then it sort of seemed to drag on.
The inside flap of The Last Juror states that it's about how Danny Padgitt murdered a woman and while he was on the stand, threatened to harm the jury if they convicted him. But really only about the first 50 pages and the last 100 pages actually dealt with the trial and Padgitt's threat. My main gripe with this is that it deviated so much from what it seemed the actual book was about. When I started reading this, I thought that it would be suspenseful with this sort of agonizing tension starting from the trial to Danny Padgitt's threat to the picking of the jurors one by one, but it wasn't like that.
Another thing that annoyed me was the actual ending. It seemed very anticlimatic and it seemed like it came out of left field. I found myself thinking "That's very, very implausible" and also "How would no one know?." The ending was also very abrupt.
I guess some of the book was interesting and I did care about some of the characters. It was also nice how he had characters from A Time To Kill appear briefly in The Last Juror. Although, I really didn't think Lucien Wilbanks was such a bastard in A Time to Kill, but I thoroughly disliked him in this one.
I've only read one other Grisham book and that was A Time To Kill. That one was fabulous. This one...not so much. I'm still planning on picking up some of his other books (especially since I own like six others) and am hoping the brilliance that was behind A Time to Kill, shines brighter on one of the others.(less)
I tend to read Tess Gerritsen books when I feel a reading slump coming on. They're just the perfect books to curb them since they're quick books that...moreI tend to read Tess Gerritsen books when I feel a reading slump coming on. They're just the perfect books to curb them since they're quick books that have you turning pages at an alarming speed. Anyway, that's why I picked up Vanish. I've been in final project hell and needed something that I would get into right away. While Vanish wasn't my favorite in the Rizzoli and Isles series, it definitely didn't disappoint.
Vanish doesn't so much start off with a bang, but rather a creepy and effective beginning. Mila's story was heartbreaking and enthralling that I found myself wanting the Rizzoli and Isles parts to be over faster just so I can get back to her story. However, the middle was where I started having some issues. I felt that it lagged just a bit with the whole "Jane is a hostage" situation. It wasn't as heart-pounding as I thought it would be. Also, I felt that it was veering towards political thriller territory and that just isn't my cup of tea.
Soon afterwards, my fears were quenched and Vanish went right back to the heart-pounding thriller that I expected it to be with a satisfying ending for some and heartbreaking endings/beginings for others. While there were a few bumps in the road, I enjoyed Vanish immensely.
I also found that I'm not getting sick of the leads. Usually after I've read more than a few in a series, I find that there are certain things that are starting to bother me about the main characters. Just little quirks that are starting to become more apparent after so much time together. This hasn't happened with the Rizzoli and Isles series yet. It's quite the opposite actually. An example of this is when I read the plot for the upcoming book (I believe it's the 8th in the series) and my heart hurt just a little at the thought of what's coming up for Maura. Hopefully, it won't end the way I think it will and there will be another worthy plot twist that won't have me in tears.
Anyway, not only did Vanish curb said reading slump, but it got me that much more excited for the upcoming Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT. So much that I'm now counting down the days until July 12th. So even if Book 8 ends up the way I hope it won't, I'll still have the series there. Unless of course, the people at TNT (I'm not calling the idiots...yet) cancel the show before it's time and then I'll go back to the books and realized they sucked and the show was better...I doubt this will happen. It's not like Tess Gerritsen is James Patterson and the Rizzoli & Isles series is the Women's Murder Club...(less)