It’s a Mystery: The Abortionist’s Daughter, by Elisabeth Hyde

3.0 out of 5 stars Hot button issues

Abortion. Pornography. Malfeasance in the justice system. Illegal/legal drug abuse. Stalkers. It’s all in The Abortionist’s Daughter. Title notwithstanding, this crime novel has no primary protagonist. From chapter to chapter, the spotlight focuses upon different characters, throwing light upon their personal points of view with respect to the murder, and with respect to their relationships with the others who are enmeshed in the case. As in real life, each has his/her own virtues and faults, and some are likable while others are not. Author Hyde has an intelligent writing style, a layman’s understanding of psychology, and a talent for infusing her characters with authenticity. While it becomes evident early on who the culprit is, motive, opportunity, and method do not. The Abortionist’s Daughter has the makings of a made-for-TV movie, with lots of  drama and juicy plum roles.

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