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1. Diana and Frank are very different people?Diana was passionate and outspoken, while Frank was much more strict and restrained. Evaluate the strength of their marriage; do you think they balanced each other out well?

2. The last thing that Megan says to her mother is ?have fun killing babies.? Why do you think Megan chose to attack her mother this way? Does Megan disagree with her mother?s decision to perform abortions?

3. Although Frank Thomson has been a prosecuting attorney for over twenty years and should know better, he cleans his house while it is a crime scene. What are his possible reasons for doing this? What did you think about his decision to clean up?

4. In the course of an investigation, Frank comes across pornographic pictures of Megan online. Do you think Frank overreacted? Do you think he does the right thing by waiting to confront Megan?

5. Why do you think Megan agreed to let Bill photograph her in the nude?

6. Megan ?had had a lot of boyfriends in her life.? Do you think she saw Huck as just another boyfriend, or do you think her feelings ran deeper? What did Huck see in her?

7. At what point should the police intervene when someone is stalking an ex-girlfriend / boyfriend? How do you decide when someone is a risk? Should Megan or Diana have told someone about Bill?s increasingly desperate behavior?

8. Megan grows up a lot throughout the course of the novel. Discuss her reaction to her mother?s death and her emotional transformation.

9. Many characters in this novel end up making gross miscalculations. Discuss. Which ranks as the worst, in your view?

10. Were you able to figure out who the killer was? How did the different suspects? motives compare throughout the book?

11. Discuss Huck?s relationship with Carolyn. Were you surprised when he cheated on her? Why or why not?

12. Rose experiences pressure about her pregnancy from nearly everyone she knows?parents, boyfriends, doctors, counselors and demonstrators. Discuss the impact that these characters had on her. Why do you think she makes the choices that she does?

13. After reading this book, do you feel any differently about the abortion issue? Do you think it is helpful to use fiction as a way to explore real-life issues?

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katknit, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by katknit)
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 several different characters - the daughter, two detectives, victim's husband, ex boyfriend, the victim herself, antiabortion activist -, 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. In some ways this book is reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's. 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 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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Sharon Wilson, October 10, 2008 (view all comments by Sharon Wilson)
If I were to use 1 word to describe this book it would be: FANTASTIC.
I read this book in a day and a half and could barely tear myself away from it the 1st night I started reading it. The only reason I was able to stop reading was because I was so dead tired I could barely keep my eyes open.
Well developed characters and a great story line.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307263667
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
General
Author:
Hyde, Elisabeth
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Publication Date:
June 20, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.50x6.56x1.09 in. 1.34 lbs.

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The Abortionist's Daughter: A Novel
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Product details 304 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780307263667 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is an exceptionally well-written book that pulls the reader nicely along right up until the surprise ending. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Sensational, like the book's title, but not quite on target."
"Review" by , "Hyde tells a good story....But these characters...are less sympathetic, and the magnitude of plot elements overwhelms; less resonant than Hyde's previous work."
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