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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elisabeth Hyde Narrator: Beth McDonald Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781598872675
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eduardo Vazquez | 2/9/2014

    " The Abortionist's Daughter is so far an interesting book. It is nothing like what i have read in the past. When the doctor who does abortions was found dead on her swimming pool, that is when everything started to get interesting. Her husband Frank and daughter Megan, are doing everything they can to figure out this case. With the help of some of Megan's friends, they are getting closer and closer to finding the the man who murdered her mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 1/20/2014

    " I shall have to look into this author. I like the way she writes very much. Some writers get so carried away with their stories that they get further and further away from reality, which is fine and dandy - as everyone says "It's fiction!" But I am particular about the kind of novels where I tolerate reality being stretched. Stephen King for example, is an author whose books no-one would read expecting the content to stick to the rules of reality, in fact, expecting the opposite. When a story purports to be about the real world however, I feel cheated if reality is bent to suit the story. It feels as if the author has cheated - no - stronger than that - I believe that the author has been lazy. Authors that pay close regard to the way that things work stretch their story taut on a framework made up of the rules of this world. Authors who feel that the story is more important and blur reality to suit, they allow the story to evolve like algae, and their stories seem more shapeless to me as a result. I find such a story difficult to read. However, this story is firmly in the real world, and I had no argument with it for that. Obviously people have strong feelings about abortion, and this book is a bit too much determinedly pro-abortion for my linking. But, it is good to be challenged to think through these issues. The main thrust of the book is about the abortionist's murder, not about the abortionists job. In the wake of the murder, and on way to the murder being solved, we have a romance, a tangled family relationship and a stalking. This is one of those books where the end comes as a surprise - as the pages keep turning it seems as if things are still too complicated and unexplained to be near the end - and then it arrives. This book is not exciting - but it is calmly satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/18/2014

    " While I devoured this story in just a couple of days, I can't say it's really very good. The characters are diverse, intense, but none of them really rang true. The daughter seemed excessively immature for a 19-year old. I would have enjoyed more about the marital dynamic between Frank and Diana after suffering a tragedy earlier in their marriage. There weren't enough twists or surprises to make this a satisfying murder mystery, and not enough depth to make it a memorable novel. Just meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 1/15/2014

    " The 1st 50 pages were really good but the rest was Boring ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/11/2014

    " Meh. Listened to this on my trip home this weekend, and it was so-so at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this mystery. Especially the obsessive love component. Another interesting aspect of the book was that it was a genuine mystery cloaked in a provocative title and chick lit style of cover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Tuell | 1/3/2014

    " i wasn't too thrilled about this book. the whole story was very predictable. i knew exactly what was going to happen. i did have nightmares for a couple of night after i read what was in the white buckets, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs | 1/1/2014

    " what I took away from this book is that what you do for a living doesn't necessarily mean that's what you believe in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/27/2013

    " A nice quick read. Like others I expected much more because of the title. Once I got over that, the characters were well developed and interesting to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 12/5/2013

    " I liked this book. It is part muder mystery, part family drama. Elisabeth Hyde develops her characters well and their complexity makes for an interesting narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle (Neilan) Houghton | 12/4/2013

    " Eh, book was okay...the Lifetime movie would probably be great. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saya Hashimoto | 11/18/2013

    " Tidy little thriller without the trashy style usually associated with the genre; crisp. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/11/2013

    " No why, the killer is crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Evans | 10/4/2013

    " A good mystery. Abortion was not a huge part of the story. The story was told in first person--for most characters and this was an interesting approach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 8/11/2013

    " I don't normally read murder mysteries but this one was passed on by a friend. Kind of figured out who did it and why early on. Overall, just a sad story. Read it till the end because I hate to quit a book but can't say I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Plainjane26 | 12/9/2012

    " A murder mystery that combines motives with mother-daughter relationships. I read this on vacation and I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/4/2012

    " Really wasn't what I expected...couldn't put it down for some reason; finished it in less than 24 hours! Liked it but thought I'd like it more...Didn't expect this whole pornography scheme intertwined with everything, very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 5/19/2012

    " So far so good. Very interesting perspective on the whole issue, tangled in with a decent murder mystery. I am about halfway through the book and am still waiting to see what happens next so hopefully it will finish as well as it started. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 2/1/2012

    " If it weren't such a quick read I probably would have abandoned it. Not bad for an airplane ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 12/21/2011

    " Not a novel to read if you are in need of an emotional boost! However it is well written, the characters are believable and complex, an it does explore the issue raised around abortion sensitively. I read this in a single sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pilar Hood | 10/25/2011

    " Fast and predictable, but it was a nice weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/17/2011

    " pretty good but mostly a run of the mill murder mystery.. the fact the woman was an abortionist is relevant.. but not actually necessary to the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna Brown | 9/11/2011

    " I agree that the title makes it sound much more contraversial. It is a good murder mystery with a little bit of medical ethics thrown in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaine | 8/15/2011

    " Was excited to read. Found myself leafing through the book to find the climax of the story. I don't like to give up on a book, this was give up worthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/27/2011

    " Nice twist. Did like the story and the struggle within the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 4/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book suspense novel. I felt if was predicable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 1/5/2011

    " a little simplistic, but okay "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meredith | 12/30/2010

    " Unlikeable characters, calculating prose, excruciatingly predictable--don't bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbie Mission Viejo | 11/21/2010

    " I didn't realize this was a murder mystery. Although it was fairly well written, I found the ending to be quite disturbing and wish I hadn't finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/15/2010

    " This was a good who done it with a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenaia | 6/14/2010

    " "The Abortionist's Daughter" was absolutely amazing. A very intricate plot from the beginning- I enjoyed the mystery. The ending wasn't exactly surprising, but the reasons for the murder were something you had to look deeper for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 1/20/2010

    " A real page-turner, and although it is a thriller about the murder of the woman who is the abortionist, it is also very much about the thorny issue about when life begins.

    Well-written and gripping to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 11/7/2009

    " as soon as i started reading this book, i knew i'd read it before, but i still enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/13/2009

    " This was... pretty blah. It seemed more about teenager sexuality than about mystery, and there were hardly any twists. In fact, the twist that sorts it all out was one I assumed would complicate matters, but it never got very complicated at all.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/4/2009

    " I listened to this mystery as I stood in lines at airports and flew overseas on 28-hour journeys of several flights with layovers. The plot and characters kept me wide-eyed when I might have otherwise been napping or watching the in-flight video offerings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 11/11/2008

    " Was good until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/10/2008

    " Not impressed at all. I hated the main character, didn't understand the relevance of another central character, didn't believe the age of one and the dialog of another. "

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About the Author

Elisabeth Hyde was born and raised in New Hampshire, she has since lived in Vermont, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle. In 1979 she received her law degree and practiced briefly with the US Department of Justice. She is the author of several novels and currently lives in Colorado with her family.

About the Narrator

Beth McDonald, a Juilliard graduate, has appeared across the country in regional theatre productions of plays by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, Sophocles, Arthur Miller, Moliere, A. R.Gurney, Euripides, and others. Her Broadway credits include the original cast of Angels in America, A Few Good Men, and Einstein and the Polar Bear. Her television work includes appearances on Law & Order, Third Watch, and The Courtroom as well as recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. She has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and several independent feature films. An Earphones Award-winner, Beth has read a number of audiobooks including Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, Sandra Brown’s Sunny Chandler’s Return, Tami Hoag’s Dark Horse, and Elisabeth Hyde’s The Abortionist’s Daughter.