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Over the Edge | [Jonathan Kellerman]

Over the Edge

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before - and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn't five years ago.
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Publisher's Summary

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before - and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer.

Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn't five years ago. And when he peers into a family's troubled history and Jamey's brilliant, tormented mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high-profile case. Because Alex knows that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something terrible pushed Jamie over the edge - or else someone is getting away with murder.

©2010 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Startling...charged with suspense. This one is simply too good to miss." (Stephen King)

"Harrowing...the work of a novelist of uncommon insight and storytelling skill." (Los Angeles Times)

"High-powered.... Alex Delaware is no ordinary psychologist...he is also a born detective." (The New York Times)

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 07-20-13
    P. Giorgio Illinois 07-20-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Like a psych textbook"

    No need to go over the story. Suffice it to say, it's Kellerman's early work, filled with simple sentences and ridiculous scenarios. The unlikely actions of a variety of professionals are maddening. Story has potential, and then at the end FINALLY, the explanation is too complicated. Characters are rough-hewn, except for Alex. He's perfectly rendered. Milo is still a background character and the gay card is waved about like a flag -- to denote political correctness? Because it adds only a smidgen to the story. Robin has some interesting appearances, and Alex (Kellerman's alter ego) is right there with the romance everybody dreams of -- though a bit over the top for an infraction of minor proportions. Alex knows boating and furnishings, gourmet and fashion. Alex knows psych, and what he does not know, he gets from other "experts," in this story, the experts are little geniuses.

    The reader/narrator is a little stiff, but that's not the problem with him. It's his pronunciation: co-op is pronounced coop (chicken coop) cadge (twice pronounced cadged -- like tagged); other badly "read" words the narrator obviously did not know. Very distracting.

    Two stars and nearly unreadable except that having read the series from end to beginning, I had something to look forward to, which never materialized. No engagement -- but long lectures on science, anatomy, South American Indians, psychotropic drugs, high finance and land development, blah, blah, blah... the story was so small, it could have been an anecdote. We have gays and gay haters, racism, sexism, rogue professionals, bikers, investigators, good cops, bad cops, astounding wealth, single moms and dirty dealings all around. And yet, there was no story, like a child's Christmas tree upon which are placed his favorite things, great and small, for the child to gaze upon and be impressed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Laskoske 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the Best"
    Would you listen to Over the Edge again? Why?

    One of my favorite books is brought to life in this audio version. I loved listening to it and caught several points that I missed from reading it on the page.


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    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 08-07-13
    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 08-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit hard to follow and believe, but.."

    I'll probably be back or more of this series. I find the psychological discussions interesting, when I didn't think I would. I like the friendship between Milo and the protagonist more than I understand the relationship between the protagonist and his girlfriend. The complexity of the plot and the unreality of it were an interference, so that's why it gets 4 stars. The performance, the characters, and the tone were absorbing. If this writer matures from book to book, I'm pretty sure I'll like the later books a lot more, given that this one has promise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AleciaGilchrist Boonville, IN, United States 07-31-12
    AleciaGilchrist Boonville, IN, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Always a twist you don't see coming!"
    Would you listen to Over the Edge again? Why?

    Kept me guessing the whole time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Over the Edge?

    The end. Not going to spoil it.


    What about Alexander Adams’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy his clear and calm voice. I also like his character voices


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was surprised at the end. No laughter or tears.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol nutting lake, MA, United States 10-08-12
    Carol nutting lake, MA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The book"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or Alexander Adams?

    Yes on kellerman no on adams


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alexander Adams?

    Yes


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Rubinstein is a good narrator I liked Victum Zover the edge was bad

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bryan1214 07-30-12
    bryan1214 07-30-12
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    "Noot good for me"

    I have enjoyed everyone of Kellerman's works but I just couldn't get into this. I don't think I made it past the first chapter....maybe if you're a Psychology Major into the workings of a disturbed mind you might like it but I didn't!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
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    "Too much detail"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I lost interest about a third of the way through. There was just too much minute detail which held the story back so the pace was too slow.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

    Probably not.


    Have you listened to any of Alexander Adams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Probably but I'm not good with looking at the names. However, I did think he was very good and would definitely hope to hear him again.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I personally won't recommend this book despite the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
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    12/23/12
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    "Over the edge"

    Great story factual content excellent, clear reading total pleasure to listen to while you're cleaning

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