The Abortionist's Daughter

  • by Elisabeth Hyde
  • Narrated by Beth McDonald
  • 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Like Anne Tyler, Hyde captures the quirky, heartbreaking core of a character and puts it on the page in shining prose." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A disappointment

I found this book to be a disappointment. It had an intriguing premise-a mystery about the murder of an abortion doctor. But the characters were incompletely drawn and in the case of the doctor's daughter, intensely dislikable. In addition, many of the scenes in the book were implausible.

It was engaging enough to want to finish to find out what happened--but overall only a fair mystery story.
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- Jeanne Kaiser

The Abortionist's Daughter

Not a terrible book, yet not a great book. The biggest problem is the narrator. The voice in character is too much. Since this medium is so reliant on the narrator, I tended to miss the content. This is a book that I would probably take out of the library and read myself to form a fairer opinion.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2006
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books