It is a case unlike any psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware has ever encountered. Five-year-old Woody Swope is ill, but the real problem is his parents. They refuse to agree to the one treatment that could save this boy's life.
Alex sets out to convince Mr. and Mrs. Swope - only to find that the parents have left the hospital and taken their son with them. Worse, the sleazy motel room where the Swopes were staying is empty - except for the ominous bloodstain. The Swopes and their son have vanished into the sordid shadows of the city.
Now Alex and his friend, homocide detective Milo Sturgis, have no choice but to push the law to the breaking point. They've entered an amoral underworld where drugs, dreams, and sex are all for sale...where fantasies are fulfilled at any price - even at the cost of a young boy's life.
©2010 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2012 Random House Audio
"A suspenseful thriller whose solution lies in the darker recesses of the human soul." (The Wall Street Journal)
Absolutely. This was only my second JK book. I started with When the Bough Breaks and plan on listening to the entire series. I really enjoy Adams' narrations.
Nah. It was pretty rough, content wise, but I feel that makes books more interesting. It's a psychological thriller - I am not expecting to read about regular old murder.
He has a great pace in story telling. He isn't overly dramatic, yet he still gets the inflection for each character just right.
The reason I rated this one so low, is because Kellerman doesn't explain enough. When listening, I kept rewinding or going back a chapter because I thought I had missed pieces of the puzzle. All of a sudden Delaware is making proclamations that are out of left field. It was so choppy that I actually thought I had purchased the abridged version. In any thriller/mystery, especially psychological, I want time to think about what may be happening - I appreciated this in When the Bough Breaks - each step was logical and tied together. In Blood Test, it felt as though Kellerman wasn't able to generate the story to lead-up to his conclusion, so he throws it all together in a monologue in the next-to-last chapter. I was riding in my car completely baffled and confused, truly feeling as though I skipped to the second part of the book.
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Love is not the best word to describe the book, Blood Test. There was incest, sexual abuse by other's, cruelty and childhood cancer. Those are tough topics to be dealt with all in one book. Other issues were drugs, cults and murder. I am here to tell you, if I had to deal with those issues frequently, I would burn out. Woody was a child of five, who was diagnosed with cancer. There is a high probability, that if Woody starts treatment immediately, his chances are good. Woody is the son of his sister, Nona, who gave birth at fifteen. Her parent's would not allow her to be Nona's son. The other tough issues come into play in other parts of the novel. All of those topics are woven into the novel that do create some tough learning about our society.
The story is a real eye-opener. I know about all of these issues in a singular context but having never experienced them myself, I don't know how I would have adjusted or if I could have adjusted. Yes, there were many character's in the book but Nona has been destroyed. There were the two character's who step in to help, the child psychologist Alex and his friend, Detective Milo Sturgis. The doctor's and nurse's and other help at the hospital were there to help too. The character development is good. There are reasons for why these people in the novel are the way they are. However, I would have to use deductive reasoning and declare the perpetrator has a mental illness, antisocial personality or use the DSM IV to figure out the diagnosis. It's a tough story to listen to.
The character I liked best only said fifteen or less words in the novel and that was the young boy, Woody Swope. He was sick and did his best to follow along with what the other's were making him do. You have to remember, being only five, he had no voice to object. The narrator, Alexander Adams, did make the reader aware of how sick Woody was just by narrating the words written by the author.
The film would have to have a tag line that I think would hurt the movie. I know the film would definitely bring emotions from deep inside myself that I don't know if I would be able to stay and watch the film. Listening to the book was okay but seeing it acted out would not be good for me. However, I'll attempt a tag line. The Journey Through a Damaged World Creates Chaos.
I hope that the next book in the series does not deal with such heavy topics.
I would recommend this book as I would all of Jonathan Kellerman's books. Insightful, clever, well told and great characters who come alive in the story.
I love the development of the main characters.
The main character, probably because we get to know him better than the others. He is tough but very compassionate and not afraid to show his softer side
Hi voice. LOOOOOOOOVE his deep timbre.
I could have but I buy my books to listen to when I go walking every day so it is done an hour at a time. I have just ordered Book Three in the series so that says something about my feelings.
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