No, it was a disappointing read compared to his previous novels. The plot was tired and uninspiring, and the language seemed trite and over the top. I don't remember feeling this way about his previous books (I've read or listened to them all).
I absolutely hated the way the voice over talent read Milo Sturgis. It made him sound like a cheap Brooklyn detective. The rest of the read was okay but I found that part of the listening experience very irritating.
This wasn't really a mystery. I've read Jonathan Kellerman's books for years and he generally writes an entertaining book. The language in this book was trite. Too many metaphors, too corny. It's almost like someone wrote this one for him.
10 out of 10
Yes lots of twists and turns and mystery to keep me reading.
H'es read the Alex series for years and in a way has become the charactor for me. it wouldn't be the same to simply read the book or to have someone else reading them. I truly wish he could record some of the older books in the series that are out in audio but read by someone else.
yes but sadly it took me 2 long days of reading.
The old ones
Maybe the old ones
This review has spoilers, maybe, but not really. Do not waste money or credit. Hours and hours of uninteresting rambling monologue by Delaware that clouded any part of the mystery which was a teeny tiny part of the story with no detective work by milo, all by Alex. Touching on or glancing on issues and thoughts that and then dropped, till it culminates in the capture of a bad guy who wasn't part of the story, whose motivation and pathology in doing what he does is muddied and unexplored and who is painted as stupid, but who knows enough to order flesh eating bugs? And enough about anatomy to do what he did? And to sort of, but not really frame his wife, and who brings many girls into a house with a real skeleton hanging in the living room and none of them freak out or call the police? The story and development made no sense and had more holes in it then I could count. Horrible
The story just seemed to move too slowly. Some of the characters were just annoying.
The narrator was not the problem, the story was just mediocre.
Probably not. Wouldn't be a terrible movie, just not the best.
From the first "discovery" of bones until the end of the book when that finding is explained, the story had very little substance. When the explanation of the blue box is given at the end, one wonders how and when Alex put it all together. But then, I may have nodded out during that part.
In fact, the story that surrounds the blue box is more interesting, realistic and emotional than the junk in the middle. There were some interesting "red herrings," some witty anti-stereotypes that did little to hide the fact that some of the fictional personalities were taken from today's tabloids.
The mystery that Milo and Alex investigate together was downright ridiculous, improbable and uninteresting. I wanted to squeeze this quick listen in between some required reading, knowing I could knock down a dozen hours in a day or so. I was wrong. It was so tedious, I couldn't stay with it. I found myself reading the paper and listening to it as background noise, having to rewind to catch up and try to get further with it.
It seemed like the large story that comprises the deaths of several people was contrived to showcase very rich Hollywood types. The anti-stereotype may have been an effort at defusing some clichés that surround that kind of lifestyle. In this mire of wealth are religious fanatics, entrepreneurs, pimps, drug addicts, perfect mothers and lousy fathers, castration, abortion, adoption, bad marriages, murder and taxidermy.
The woman who finds the blue box under the tree of her new home is an unfinished character. She appears 2-3 times throughout the story, has a heart-to-heart with Alex and is "cured." The mother of four whom Alex suspects is a certain type of spoiled and damaging superstar turns out to be June Cleaver. Alex literally stalks one character, and thinking he is *tricking* her into revealing herself, the character, who is on to him at once, tells him Milo everything, incriminating another person. Illogical, unbelievable.
Milo is true to form; if you loved him before, you will love him still. Robin is as bland as Blanche is white. A couple of love scenes between Robin and Alex are all we get about them and they are stilted. In fact, the only *love* in the whole damned thing is demonstrated in the final paragraphs of the whole book and those scenes relate to NOTHING else at all.
Guilt? Almost everyone in this cast of characters is guilty of something.
Mystery? Yes, but fairly easy to put together, because Alex and Milo discuss the possibilities and rate them as feasible or not. Toward the end of the book, Alex recognizes how wrong he had been about some of the elements of the story. So what?
Historical/Scientific/Criminal/Psychological content? Light at best.
Horror? Indirect horror when contemplating the nature of mankind -- historical and current.
Redemptions? None. No turnarounds, no recapitulations, no ah-ha moments, nothing.
Informative/Educational? At approximately the 5th grade level.
Love the narrator though. I have come to depend on that voice -- even the silly female voices -- in Kellerman's books. I hope he stays on until the next one.
Hoping for better sooner than later.
When your protaganist is so perfect, the story becomes boring. If Alex Delaware had at least one flaw and more character. He is flat and one dimensional.
A better storyline with characters you cared about. The dog was more likable.
I like John Rubinstein's reading of the book.
No it was boring. Same old story.
Alex Delaware is Dr Perfect. He's the one who solves all the crimes. Won't listen to anymore books by Jonathan Kellerman as they are all the same.
I do not recommend this book. The plot is so excruciatingly slow to develop that I lost interest in the book, though forced myself to listen to the end. In the end, learning the conclusion, I found myself saying, "So what . . ." The problem with the book is too many disparate pieces that are not coherently linked. I can think of parts of the book now that seemed like a waste of time, even in retrospect. Too much minutia, gets bogged down. I would improve the book by cutting it in half and that would probably remedy the pace and allow the plot to thicken and conclude in a reasonable manner. All in all, on a 5 point scale, I give it the lowest rating of "1".
I would not judge him on this alone; but if this was the hallmark of his work and I knew that, I would not listen to his material again.
I think Rubinstein performed very well.
About half of the characters, leaving Milo and Alex D.
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.
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.