Have always been a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware but I feel his latest stories are drifting away from the main characters and moving towards weaving complicated story lines. Although I love his attention to detail and enjoyed following the trail of the plot, I could not connect with the new characters or really believe the story itself. I would like Kellerman to explore the develoment of Robyn and Alex's renewed realtionship. Where are they heading? I need to know more about the main characters to stay hooked. However, ever hopeful, I always look forward to the next book from Kellerman.
In a world of instant gratification the graphic prose of Mr. Kellerman could be misconstrued as slow or long winded. But in the world of anticipated pleasure savoring each description and placing value on the visualizations is a welcome diversion. Why would you want to listen a shortened version and miss the observations of doctor Delaware as he describes each character? That is the delight of reading or in this case listening. So if you like fast food or eat so fast that you do not savor the food don't listen, but don't complain because you did not enjoy the meal.
The audiobooks I get from Audible have made dealing with the physical limitations that constitute my new reality.
Alex Delaware is contacted by a young woman he saw as a child. Her mother has made something of a death bed confession to her biological niece/ adopted daughter about someone who was killed in one of the family's old neighborhood's. Alex and Milo begin an informal investigation for the daughter Lucy in order to disprove the confession. Soon the connections between Lucy, her mother and a family her mother once worked for.The cast of characters from this family present with far more issues than even a therapist like Alex Delaware could treat. Then there are the various characters connected to that family however tenuously and images of The Celestine Prophecy meets The Silence of the Lambs come to mind. Add in one Private Detective to the Stars and a couple of Midwestern religious cult member lesbians turned porn stars and it is an all star cast of characters. In the climatic scene Milo faces a psychopath; when Alex hears shots his first instinct is to run to his friends aid. "I jumped out went running back to protect my friend; with what? a nice change from entertainment stories when some idiot pulls a stupid move and gets away with it. This one got the full five stars from me despite some seemingly implausible situations. Of course this is So Cal we're talking about so maybe nothing can be labeled implausible. In the up and down of the Alex Delaware novels this is the one of the up novels.
This book keeps you listening. The twists and turns keep the reader looking for the obsession, which there are many.
Good word for how I feel about Johnathan Kellerman. I love his work and have either read or heard all his work.
The narrator is the best, giving life to all the characters.
This one starts out a tad slow but quickly buids steam to an exciting climax. I hartily reccommend this to any mystery fan.
I've gotten pretty into audiobooks lately, but this one I would have rather read. The guy reading it kept yanking me out because he just didn't sound right. And when he kept changing voices they weren't distinct enough and kept confusing me as to who was supposed to be talking. This makes it difficult to rate the book itself.
This is not one of Kellerman's best, but certainly not his worst either. My main problem is with John Rubinstein. I absolutely love the way he voices Alex Delaware and especially Milo Sturgis. However, I have a real problem with the way he voices ALL women characters.
They all sound like breathy, helpless females, even when what they're saying should sound forceful. Why couldn't he voice women the way women really talk, which is not all that different from the way men talk?
Engaging story - narrator does poor girl voices. Not exactly a mystery novel. The author is indulgent in his leaps to conclusions conveniently supported by subsequent evidence. Entertaining nevertheless.
The unabridged version is the most drawn-out, super fluffed read I've ever downloaded. It takes Kellerman what seems like hours to get to a point, and then it's trivia. Don't waste your credit.