The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman is about a young psychologist Grace Blades who was once a student of Alex Delaware. Grace is no ordinary mortal. She witnessed the brutal and horrific death of her parents. All the goodness in her were instilled by her foster parents. Yet, there runs a voracious and insatiable streak contrary to her ordinary life which has brought to the fore Kellerman’s expertise as a clinical psychologist. Like fish to water, writing a psychological thriller comes naturally to Kellerman.
The fulcrum of Kellerman’s The Murderer’s Daughter is the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” personality of its main protagonist, Grace Blades. Dedicated, brilliant, caring, young and lively, Grace is a supremely fantastic character, finely etched, and fits her job as a psychologist perfectly. But Grace’s other personality is inconceivable for those who knows her as the competent psychologist that she is during day time. When night comes, Grace ventures out seeking for excitement and adventure, ostensibly to relieve herself from the stress of her job and the nightmares of her childhood. She does crazy things. You’ve to find out what happens next after a person with whom she had a tryst comes barging into her office and is soon found dead.
The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman is a hugely entertaining read with Alex Delaware making a brief appearance. Riveting and suspenseful, Kellerman has crafted a superbly well-paced story with a hard-nosed protagonist in control. Though she lives her life on the edge of civility, it is impossible not to root for her. Delving into the deepest recesses of the human capacity for good and evil, Jonathan Kellerman's masterful latest novel will captivate readers from start to finish.