There are some people who do jobs that put them in harm’s 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 there’s no way of knowing which of them would resort to violence.
Diana’s husband comes home to find her dead, floating in their lap pool. There is a suspicious bruise on the back of her head that isn’t explained by slipping. Frank is the local district attorney and their marriage isn’t a particularly happy one. Their teenage daughter, Megan is having problems with her former boyfriend who is obsessed with her and won’t leave her alone. He is also a suspect.
The detectives assigned to investigate Diana’s 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 wasn’t going to enjoy THE ABORTIONIST’S DAUGHTER. It seemed to be more about family relationships than murder. However it didn’t take long to discover that the family dynamics help inform the murder investigation.
THE ABORTIONIST’S DAUGHTER is written on a number of levels. First and foremost is the murder of Diana and the investigation. We learn the family’s back-story and what happened to bring them to this point in time. It is also an exploration of an extremely emotive issue from both sides of the argument into which is cleverly woven a theme of the nature of obsession and what it can do to people.
THE ABORTIONIST’S DAUGHTER is not going to be everyone’s 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 http://www.elisabethhyde.com/