The book had a superficial quality about it. Kellerman's treatment of both the plot and the characters lacked substance and plausibility.
Not very well. Give this one a pass.
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 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.
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
As a longtime fan of the series, I know some of the Delaware-Sturgis stories can be slow. Guilt is well beyond slow, however, reaching rather deeply into B-O-R-I-N-G.
Kellerman's "GUILT" is one of his better psychological thrillers to date. But not his best. This new Kellerman Novel relies heavily on Alex Delaware's quirky and methodical way that he gathers the smallest of clues and slowly, sometimes achingly so, pieces them together to solve the multiple murder case. It is true that this book can be annoyingly slow at times, but that is mostly because we, the reader, spend a great deal of our time tumbling through Alex Delaware's grey matter.
Kellerman's Novel "VICTIMS" was slightly better book because it was faster paced. But Kellerman has brought a more complex Alex Delaware character to light in his new book "GUILT" Hopefully he continues to expand Alex's participation in solving more murder mysteries. However, the expansion of the Delaware character, and the flow of the story, should not be at the expense of the Milo Sturgess charecter. The Milo charecter seemed stunted and dull in this new novel. And because of this the pace of the story slows. I love to see Delaware helping the police as much as I love to see him in his true therapist/client role. There is a place, a determined place, for each. A delicate balance of the Delaware/Sturgess characters and a set of murder mysteries must be struck for Kellerman books to be truly great and thus earn the five stars available.
The narrator for this novel was great, as usual. If the book was faster paced and more exciting, the narrators true and extensive gifts would make all of us love this book even more. It was Kellerman that handcuffed the narrator. This story was a little too slow for John Rubenstein to truly shine
"GUILT" is still a great listen, and I'm glad I spent the money to buy it. It's just that Kellerman has to balance and combine his two main characters and the bones of a good murder mystery a wee bit better in order to deserve that fifth star.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
This was a disappointment. The story line ultimately proved to be completely boring. Kellerman seems to be writing from a formula and the characters aren't developing in any way at all. The plot line just fizzed out in the end....no real mystery, nothing to ponder. Very flat ending.
And, Kellerman tends to have the characters ponder endless possibilities and explanations for each tiny event. After awhile, I just wanted him to get on with it.
There's a curious lack of action in this book as well.
The narrator is good--that's the only thing that kept me going to the end.
At this point, I won't be reading anymore in this series. Save your credits!!!