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The Murderer's Daughter

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  10,431 ratings  ·  1,280 reviews
A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult ...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Terri Lopez I am currently listening to the book now. The narration is very good. However, to me, there are a lot of characters in this book so trying to keep…moreI am currently listening to the book now. The narration is very good. However, to me, there are a lot of characters in this book so trying to keep track of everyone without being able to flip back through actual pages to refresh my memory is getting a little annoying. Overall, though, I'm enjoying the book - just have to be careful that I'm not letting my mind wander!(less)

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Back a hundred years ago I ate up the Alex Delaware/Milo books like candy. The writing was always good and even when Kellerman would get to rambling on I still enjoyed the series. He took a gay male detective and made him a main character way before many other books that I saw at the time. There may have been more but this was my first intro to a gay man as a main character. Kellerman didn't fall into that troupe with the gay man stereotype either. He made Milo's character a bad-ass and I looked ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
1,5 stars
This was me…as I turned the pages of Jonathan Kellerman’s latest standalone (though there are one or two very quick mentions of Alex Delaware from his Alex Delaware Series) novel, The Murderer’s Daughter…
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The story started off beyond slowly….I asked myself….do I want to carry on or not???...but I persevered…perhaps it will gain some momentum soon!!! It didn’t much!!!

Grace Blades is a dedicated psychologist, who has a huge success dealing with troubled minds…how she did this was a bit not
Edward Lorn
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of good writing
For those of you looking for a thriller, don't look here. I know, I know, it's being marketed as a thriller and a known thriller author wrote it, but it's not a thriller. If you're planning on reading this and expecting a taut read full of suspense and grisly shenanigans, you will be sorely disappointed. Still, the book's damn good. Let me tell you why.

The Murderer's Daughter is a character-driven piece of literature that focuses on the past and present of psychologist Dr. Grace Blades. She's a
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it

The Murderer's Daughter is a crime/suspense, psychological thriller, kind of... Dr. Grace Blades is a psychologist, she who has a special gift for treating troubled souls, people who have experienced certain traumatic events. Her own childhood was far from ordinary, violence, murder, suicide - she was exposed to it all early on, and after the loss of her parents she is placed into foster care - some good, some bad, but all of her experiences contribute to the person she becomes.

Grace is an intel
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jonathan Kellerman Fans, Crime Thrillers, Mysteries
4 Mending the Haunted Stars * * * *

Jonathan Kellerman and his books are old friends of mine. For years I gobbled up everything I could find of his. It has been a while since reading his genre but the thrill is still the same. He weaves a tale which pulls you in from the start... with all systems go.

It was easy falling back into the right mindset and being a active reader; paying attention for clues or making up my own theories of what was going to be revealed towards the end. I had a lot of it f
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, mystery, netgalley
2.5 stars
Not quite sure what exactly it was that I just read, but it certainly wasn't a thriller. I'd say it was a cross between a mystery and a 'biography' of the books main character. In reverse order...
70% of the story turned out to be complete backstory of the protagonist Grace Blades. I'm not exaggerating. The early years really held my interest, but once she was in her teens the story line covered anything from the purchasing of her first bra to multiple chapters dedicated to her education
She called her parents “the strangers” because that’s what they were. At five years of age, Grace Blades had learned how to take care of herself, and to stay out of their way. The violence that had surrounded her short life in the small van park would live with Grace forever – the night she watched first her father, then her mother die meant Grace’s life would be different to most; but she was determined to survive and with an intellect bordering on genius, she would eventually find a way…

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this book! I have always wanted to try Jonathan Kellerman's work so I decided to give this book a try. Unfortunately, life got a little busy when I had originally planned to read this book and my review is about two and a half years late. I really wish that I had read this book when I first got my hands on it because it was really good.

This really is Grace's story. Grace was a wonderful character and incredibly complex. Sh
Cameron Wiggins
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
First, I would like to express my appreciation to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC of Jonathan Kellerman’s newest novel, The Murderer’s Daughter.
Kellerman has written yet another first-rate psychological novel. I hesitate to call The Murderer’s Daughter a psychological thriller as it is a stand-alone novel with a new character that reads much more like a novel than a thriller. This is not a bad thing. The Murderer’s Daughter is a very good novel with a strong protagonist in Ms. Grace Blades
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
I was very much looking forward to this novel. I've never read anything by Kellerman, and when I read the synopsis I just knew this was going to be good. wasn't. First: I don't really understand the title. It suggests something more than what it actually was. Yes, (spoilers!!!), her parents were a murder/suicide but I felt the title suggested a little more than that. Perhaps, I was assuming that one of her parents was a multiple murderer. (Guess that teaches me not to assume!) Seco ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley and Random House publishing group for supplying this book in return for a honest review. This is my first read of a Jonathan Kellerman novel although he has been on my list for quite a while now. A solid 4 star rating and for me an excellent introduction to this author. A stand alone thriller featuring Psychologist Dr Grace Blades who has a dark past and makes a fascinating character. Grace Blades uses her troubled past to help others. The novel switches from past to pres ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve read and enjoyed most of the Alex Delaware series but this new character is fresh and has a lot of potential. Though she’s also a therapist that’s about all she has in common with the Delaware characters. She’s young and beautiful and independent…maybe too independent. Her clinical specialty is working with client’s who have been victims of trauma such as being associated with a murderer or a loved one who’s died in a traumatic manner.

Kellerman keeps us close to the narrator because, like
Linda Strong
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Grace Blades is a psychologist, but that is only one very small part of who she is.

I found the book compelling, but the most interesting part is where the reader is treated to Grace's upbringing. Her father murders her mother and then kills himself. So begins her journey through multiple foster homes and what she learns from all the people she meets along the way.

At one of her last foster homes, her foster mother takes in 3 other children, whose parents were killed while in a cult. There is some
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is the first Jonathon Kellerman I have read for some time. It is vastly different to the other books of his I have read, and also mostly enjoyed.

The Murderer's Daughter is more thoughtfully written. There is not so much action as is usual with Kellerman's books, but there is a depth to his writing that I have not previously encountered.

Told in the third person, the chapters alternate between Grace's history, and the current day. This is done far more seamlessly than I have encountered with
Ellen Kirschman
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Just finished THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTER, a stand-alone by famed mystery writer, Jonathan Kellerman. I'm a psychologist and mystery writer. I was drawn to the book by the premise; a deeply damaged, yet dedicated trauma psychologist with a secret life is pursued by a psychopathic killer from her past. There are plenty of reasons to feel compassion for Dr. Grace Blades' suffering, but I never did. She and most of the other characters in the book felt flat, like cardboard cut-outs of trauma victims. K ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman is a 2015 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing one should know up front is that this is NOT an Alex Delaware mystery, although Alex does manage to have his name dropped once. This story is told from the personal perspective of a psychologist, Grace Blades.

Grace is a success, despite her rough start in life, but is still haunted by her past, and p
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Murderer's daughter is centred around the character of Grace Blades. Grace is a psychologist that experienced living with numerous foster carers as a child after witnessing her parents dying in a murder-suicide. The story alternates between Grace's childhood and her present life, where a client of hers is found murdered. Initially, I got into this book quite easily and learning about Grace's early childhood was interesting. However, there was so much detail about her past (literally I feel l ...more
Heather L
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Man this was so good up until about the 50% mark. I had to skim and skim and when I got to 80% I just didn't feel anything up to that point was great or interesting or anything. This rambled on too much and by the end I was just waiting, waiting to be done. And then that ending?? I'm sorry I even started this book. It managed to hold my interest for half the time, and for that I gave it 2 stars. I enjoyed reading about Grace's upbringing and the obstacles she faced to get to be the woman she bec ...more
Mahoghani 23
In this story, Grace , as a child, witnessed her mother killing her father and then herself. Now after living in several foster homes and then adopted at 16, she's exceptional in figuring out what people want from her or what they want her to say. Now grown, she's a psychologist who specializes in people who have experienced trauma in their lives.

However she has a secret; She sometimes goes on the prowl seeking strange men for sex. Until it backfires. The client she meets with is the man she had
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In many ways - none of which I can specify without spoiling it for others - this book was disturbing to me (not that there's anything wrong with that). Put another way, it's twisted just enough that I enjoyed it thoroughly.

For those who don't already know, this one "stars" a psychologist, but it's not the author's popular Dr. Alex Delaware (although he does get a few mentions here). Instead, this stand-alone novel is about Dr. Grace Blades, a child prodigy who watched her parents die in a murder
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
I had never read Kellerman before and wasn’t sure what to expect. I understand from the blurb that this is a stand alone novel and not part of the Alex Delaware mystery series which has been raved about.

Grace Blades has a horrifying childhood, living in a trailer park with alcoholic unstable parents who give her little to no attention. She learns very early on that she has to fend for herself. Her childhood is well documented not only at the beginning of the novel but throughout as we are told t
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You'd think that after reading nearly everything Jonathan Kellerman has written (including his non-fiction and children's books), I'd not be expecting to find out the motives of the bad guys, wouldn't you? Yet, reading 'The Murderer's Daughter' which is classified as a psychological thriller, the category most of Kellerman's books fit into, I was truly disappointed to arrive at the end and still have no answers. Deeply unsatisfactory ending, as far as I'm concerned. As for the rest of the novel ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

A rare standalone from an author best known for his long running series featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware, Johnathon Kellerman doesn't stray far from the familiar in The Murderer's Daughter.

Grace Blades is a respected psychotherapist who specialises in treating patients that have experienced extreme trauma. It isn't uncommon for new patients to abandon a session, but Grace is curious when the body of Andrew Toner is found the morning after their first meeting. Tracing his last movements
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is very much a character driven novel, I'm thinking future books coming. I really enjoyed the back story of Grace and Mr. Kellerman managed to take us there effortlessly when the present storyline was a little slow.

Grace is non-apologetic (which I liked) and teaches us that "there are no excuses" - deal with it.

I'm only giving it 4 stars because bits of it were boring when describing all the side roads etc, and when Grace was doing some of the research, it was a bit wordy. I'm also a little
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Random House, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER by Jonathan Kellerman, a standalone featuring protagonist Dr. Grace Blades, a dedicated and intelligent psychologist with a horrific past; two worlds collide – an intriguing psycho-crime suspense, with a strong mix of literary fiction.

Grace, 34, a highly regarded psychotherapist in L.A. Her therapy room is located in a 1920s English cottage serving as her p
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Murderer’s Daughter is not an Alex Delaware thriller by Jonathan Kellerman, but more of a character driven new standalone featuring a psychologist, Dr. Grace Blades. Alex Delaware makes a cameo appearance, but this is a past and present story about an intellectually gifted, but broken individual. Grace is the daughter of a woman who killed her live in lover and then commits suicide which begins Grace’s trek through the juvenile foster system. The dual storylines occur when Grace has a run in ...more
If this is the type of work that Kellerman puts out in the world then I'm definitely not buying again! The book started off ok with the backstory of the main character, Grace Blades, and the beginning of the story started out interesting enough but it totally went off the rails when Grace turned into her alter-ego (which I'm not saying is a bad thing). It was the complete and utter repetitive nonsense that went on throughout the rest of the book that completely bored me to tears! And oh my holy ...more
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: The Murderer's Daughter
Written By: Jonathan Kellerman
**NOT YET RELEASED/ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for my review~THANK YOU! ***
Read: July/August, 2015
Genre: fiction, adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, psychological thriller, murder, strong female MC.
Format: ebook, ARC via kindle (Samsung Galaxy Tab)
My rating: 4.5 SOLID.


WOW! What a crazy, intense ride this book was!!
I am limited somewhat as to what may be shared due to the release date is not yet upon us (8/18, I
Alissa Patrick
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.

I really liked this book! Grace is a badass, and there needs to be more women like her in novels. I am hoping this is only book one of a series, because I really liked her.

Grace is a clinical psychologist with a terrible past and childhood, but has managed to beat the odds that were stacked against her. She keeps her emotions in check and doesn't allow anyone to get too close. Her personal life and her professional life suddenly get meshed together in a terrible way, and Grace has to a
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
I have listened to or read all of the Jonathan Kellerman books starring psychologist Alex Delaware. I like them. They are solid good reads but aren't groundbreaking. This one is NOT about him, but a new female psychologist named Grace. She had an interesting childhood, and a lot of the book is about her and her backstory. As others have already stated, it's a character driven novel. Everything revolves around Grace, her personality, her past & present, etc. While many times throughout the bo ...more
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Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t
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