The Abortionist's Daughter is essentially a murder mystery. A well-known abortionist is found dead in her pool and the police suspect foul play when they discover she was hit over the head before she drowned.
The author gives quite a balanced view of abortion from all sides of debate - from those who are involved in the practice of abortion, those who are against it, those who are vehemently (and violently) opposed to it, those who are against it for themselves but willing to support others who might feel it's their only option ... Elisabeth Hyde really does try to represent all points of view without making a value judgment on any of them. The book doesn't get bogged down in this debate - it's weaved nicely into the tale.
"The Abortionist's Daughter" is an enjoyable book and I'm delighted to say that the police officers who feature prominently in the story are not the stereotypical types we normally see in whodunnits (the stereotypes really irritate me so I was pleased to warm to these characters). However, the story isn't particularly gripping or surprising - I thought the identity of the murderer was obvious very early on and I wasn't on the edge of my seat to find out who was responsible for the doctor's death.
However, if you fancy something light and enjoyable for the beach this summer, this is a good choice. You'll zip through it and it will entertain you.
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