Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex's most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman.
At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.
What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.
When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman's life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.
Heartbreak Hotel is classic Delaware and classic Kellerman.
©2017 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2017 Random House Audio
"I’m fortunate that John Rubinstein's incredible talents have graced the Alex Delaware novels since the series began. John’s illumination of Alex and Milo is perfectly in tune with my view of the novels. His masterful work is at its best in Heartbreak Hotel - a page-turner that is also Alex and Milo at their best." (Jonathan Kellerman)
This book was REALLY slow. I wanted to like it, and kept listening hoping it would get better but it didn't. I found it really boring but made myself finish.
I noticed a few negative reviews and checked them out. Most are new to the author and characters. Those of us who enjoy these books do so because of the interplay of the characters and the odd assortment of people them come in contact with. And, Rubinstein presents the entire work like he was put on earth to do so. Pure delight!!
I am a long time fan of Delaware / Kellerman. While this was not bad, it was not good either. No psychological suspense, no new insights, no plot twists, and way too much filler. If this is the effort going forward this is the end of Alex for me, which is sad.
Thanks though for the many years of good reads.
I purchased this audio book based on Jonathan Kellerman's past writings.....I found this not one of his best.....the story is fragmented and did not contain any ideas or themes that spurred my interest to continue listening....I did on past experiences....
If one was not familiar with the main characters...Milo Sturgis (and his peculiarities)...and Robin Castagna, Alex's girlfriend....the impact of their behavior/activities on this story is lost....
Come on Jonathan...you can do better, and I look forward to the old Kellerman's writing in your next novel.....
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I stuck with this series because I like Alex and I love Milo. Unfortunately though, these books no longer charm me as they once did. Alex is a detective now rather than a psychologist. Robin is a doormat. Milo is still ornery, gruff and dogged but the cases are uninteresting. The writing is formulaic and I am seldom surprised. This will be the last Delaware novel I read.
Sue z Que
99 year old woman is killed 3 weeks before her 100th BD & 1 day after Alex's first visit to her. Enjoyable storyline with instructions & outs told wonderfully by Mr. Rubinstein.
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