Pan MacMillan (Australia). This edition published:
Reviewed by Sunnie Gill
There are some people who do jobs that put them in harmís way. Diana
Thompson is one such person. Diana runs The Centre for Reproductive
Choices in Colorado. In short, she performs abortions. There is no
shortage of opponents but thereís no way of knowing which of them would
resort to violence.
Dianaís husband comes home to find her dead, floating in their lap pool.
There is a suspicious bruise on the back of her head that isnít explained
by slipping. Frank is the local district attorney and their marriage isnít
a particularly happy one. Their teenage daughter, Megan is having problems
with her former boyfriend who is obsessed with her and wonít leave her
alone. He is also a suspect. The detectives assigned to investigate
Dianaís murder have butted heads with Frank in the past. They have to be
careful not to lay themselves open to claims of bias.
At first I thought I wasnít going to enjoy THE ABORTIONISTíS DAUGHTER. It
seemed to be more about family relationships than murder. However it
didnít take long to discover that the family dynamics help inform the
THE ABORTIONISTíS DAUGHTER is written on a number of levels. First and
foremost is the murder of Diana and the investigation. We learn the
familyís back-story and what happened to bring them to this point in time.
It is also an exploration of an extremely emotive issue. Both sides of the
argument are cleverly woven together to demonstrate the nature of
obsession and what it can do to people. THE ABORTIONISTíS DAUGHTER is not
going to be everyoneís cup of tea. There are many who may find parts of
the book offensive and many more who will be upset by it.
Hyde has written three other novels; each examining different aspects of
family relationships. Her website is
May 2008 review originally posted on Murder and Mayhem
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