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  • When the Bough Breaks: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (276)

    Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

    karen says: "Changing my ways....."
    "All tell, no show"
    Overall
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    What didn’t you like about Alexander Adams’s performance?

    It kind of felt like watching an old '80s rerun of Magnum PI or Colombo.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Interesting potential for unique plot, character, setting, if told with a more interesting voice and focus.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is revealed through long monologues by characters speaking about what they did. The prose is replete with grandiose superfluous verbiage, as if Kellerman is trying to write too hard. He also wants to describe each room and character in excruciating detail, which leaves no room for imagination, if you pay attention and don't drift off out of boredom.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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