Saturday, May 30, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde




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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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.

MY REVIEW:

Diana Duprey, an abortion doctor, is found dead in her pool with signs of trauma.  Who killed Diana?  Was it an anti-abortion activist finally making good on their threats?  Was it a distraught client?  Was it her husband Frank Thomson?

The story is centered around Frank and Diana's daughter Megan, but takes you into their troubled marriage, Diana's controversial medical practice, and Megan's risky choices as a college student transitioning into adulthood.

I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews for this book.  It makes me wonder if those negative reviews are due to the controversial topic of abortion rather than the book itself.  I personally did not feel that the author took a strong stand for or against abortion in this book, but if you read it and disagree with me, come back to this post and add a comment below!

The Abortionist's Daughter is full of fascinating characters, plot twists and scandal.  I highly recommend this book for fiction readers.