When I ordered Guilt I looked at the review promanently displayed on the page with the synopsis of the story. I have read all of the Alex Delaware books and was so skepical of reading (listening) to this one when the reviewer said it was the last Alex Delaware she would read. I know the subject matter was delicate but I thought this was one of the bext of J. Kellerman's works.
All my favorite characters were there and acting appropriately (true to character). The stroy was a fascinating one and quite convoluted which adds to the mystery. John Rubinstein is a great reader as Alex and Milo and I have trouble identifying with him in some of the TV dramas where I see him as he is still my Alex.
Dissappointments - yes, one major one. I don't want to give it away to readers so I must say the quilty party was not a well developed character. Usually the detectives or someone has more contact with this person in order for the character to be deceptive and the truth revealed. Not so here and It made a hole in the story for me.
I have read or listened to every J Kellerman out there and always enjoyed reading his books. Since I have been listening to him on Audible, I have decided this is my last one. His stories are repetitive. It just seems he has lost his touch for the thriller. Jon Rubenstein is the other reason I can no longer listen to any of his books. He is a good Milo but for the rest I feel his voice is so grating. Sorry Mr. Kellerman, you have lost a reader and listener with this one. Movie stars, murders, cleaned bones and a tribe of kids. A cross between Michael Jackson and Angelina with a touch of true evil thrown in. Seriously? Actually if I could get my credit back I would be very happy.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
The Kellerman's novels are one of my favorites. Faye and Jonathan produce classic west coast detective novels. All though Jonathan's protagonist, Alex Delaware, is a psychologist, and Faye's is a real detective. The stories of Alex Delaware's consultation with the L.A.P.D. feel realistic and always are interesting.
The story falls into a "Hollywood" mystery, so I'm not sure what book I could compare it to. There isn't a feel of danger to Dr. Delaware. It's not a typical hard boiled detective, nor a real forensic novel either. But I enjoyed his tale of hunting a possible baby killer, and it is a good who done it.
LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, is always entertaining. His sarcasm and his view of the world being a cesspool of degenerate, never lets the book get stale. How he deals with his co-workers at the LAPD and the news hound, was realistic. He also provides a different take on solving the mystery.
It was shocking about dealing with a baby's corpse. To think of someone hurting a child is just awlful. But it happens every day, sadly. Kellerman's Hollywood characters were fun. The similarity between the real world Brad and Angelia, to Kellerman's Hollywood hot it couple was a bit funny.
I have to say this was the worst performance I have listened to on audible. John Rubinstein is horrible. I had to fast forward to the last five chapters because I couldn't bare to spend another six hours listening to him.
Yes the formula is played out. Yes John Rubenstein always sounds like an old man with a cough , no matter the character. But for some reason it's always a pleasure finding out what Alex and Milo are up to. And just like most of you out there,I read these books just because they are there.
A better story! I have read every Alex Delaware book by Jonathan Kellerman. They are usually my favorite books. This one was so bad that I finally stopped listening and returned it.
It didn't even seem like a Jonathan Kellerman story. It just wasn't interesting and it was repetitive.
Come on Mr. Kellerman. I KNOW you can do better than this!
I enjoyed the book but I probably won't listen to it again. I only listen to the Alex Delaware books once.
I don't have a specific moment to mention. I enjoyed the fact that there were two mysteries and two investigations. The characters--leads, suspects and witnesses--were unique characters.
I love John Rubenstein. I have seen him on stage and on TV. He makes Alex into a compelling character. He does all the voices well.
An old mystery and a new one--what happened to these babies?
This is one of the better Alex Delaware books.It is definitely worth a listen.
The moves from 3 rd person narration to first person narration were jarring...but I persevered. The circumstances surrounding, the facts of, and the procedures following the finding of the bodies were just dull. Nothing to inspire either the reader or the listener. I returned it after struggling through 16 chapters.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Waiting for the ...but? Dead children and women are beginning to pall on my mind. Perhaps I need to seek stories with more carefully crafted and less predictable mysteries?
You'll enjoy this if you've just dipped into the Alex Delaware stories. Kellerman is good at his work and produces a novel that flows well with plenty of suspense.
I'm just beginning to question the idea of making women and children the focus of crime in stories. It frightens me, considering the news.
And, look, I'm not blaming the genre for the uptick in violent crime. I'm in the process of questioning.