TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXCERPTS FROM “THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Good morning!  I am getting off to a late start today, but I’m eager to feature one of my NetGalley downloads:  The Murderer’s Daughter, by Jonathan Kellerman.  It will be released on August 18.

 

 

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Intro:  Five-year-old Grace lived with two strangers on the fringes of a desert.  Biology and the law labeled them her parents but Grace had never found them other than alien.  As best she could tell, they felt the same way.

Ardis Normand Blades was twenty-eight years old, tall, reedy, long-haired, and patchily blond-bearded, with a sliver of morose face dramatized by jug ears.  Those bat-like appendages notwithstanding, he was semi-decent-looking in a greasy, vaguely dangerous way.  Only semi because some of his God-given looks were long eroded by dope and alcohol and a near perfect record of bad decisions.

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Teaser:  Women of a certain type were drawn to Ardis’s easy smile and good bone structure.  Dodie Funderburk was one of those.  Her academic achievements rivaled Ardis’s and helped cement a shallow rapport. (2%).

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Blurb:  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 with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.

Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace’s renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses—a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep.

An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she’d long ago fled.

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I am intrigued by these excerpts and the blurb.  Normally I have been drawn to the Alex Delaware series by this author, but this stand-alone novel has captured my interest.  What do you think?

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46 thoughts on “TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXCERPTS FROM “THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER”

  1. I saw this one at NetGalley, but didn’t take the plunge (soooo many ARCs already!). But it does sound intriguing. I’ve only read one of his other novels (in the Alex Delaware series), but really loved it. So this one is definitely going on the “possibilities” list. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I haven’t read a Kellerman book for several years – either his or hers. And I used to read them all. Do you think he is going to have a new series? I’ve missed Alex Delaware and Milo. Thanks for sharing it!

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    • Good question, Kay…I have read an occasional stand-alone of his, and also hers, but none of them seem to be part of a new series. I do love the Alex Delaware books. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Great people descriptions in that first paragraph. In my real life I’d stay away from people like that, but in my reading life, I like to know what makes them tick. That’s the main reason I love a good murder mystery. Yes, I’ll check out The Murderer’s Daughter. Hope its a good eead for you.

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  4. I haven’t read a Kellerman book in a long time. I used to read the Delaware series books the minute they came out, but somewhere along the way I got burnt out on the books. I have really enjoyed some of his stand alones and am curious about this one.

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    • Yes, I have been a fan of Alex Delaware for a long time, too, but took a break a few years ago…and then recently found a renewed interest in them. I also like the stand-alones. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Rita….and I realized early on that I needed to carefully choose my NetGalley books…I went a little crazy in the beginning, and now I am determined to keep those percentages up. LOL

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