From the number-one New York Times best-selling creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour-de-force novel that introduces an unforgettable new heroine and illustrates perfectly why "Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller" (People).
Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches - perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her towering intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But as an adult, Grace's accomplished professional life vies with a covert, high-risk dark side, played out harrowingly. And when Grace's two worlds shockingly converge, her past returns with a vengeance.
The crisis begins when the busy therapist encounters a new patient whose own bleak past seems to eerily echo her own grim childhood. But there's a complication: She's met Andrew Toner before, under bizarre circumstances, and must refuse to treat him. Thinking that this is the last she'll hear of the young man, Grace is stunned to learn he was murdered soon after leaving her office, a vicious crime that leads a homicide investigation to her doorstep.
Shaken by the killing and fearing exposure of her double life, Grace sets out to probe the crime herself. But when she stumbles on the dead man's true identity, a horrifying chapter from her childhood is violently reawakened, forcing her to confront a decades-old act of evil that cries out for retribution. Suddenly stalked by vicious predators, Grace must draw upon the fierce will to survive that has powered her entire life while facing down her darkest personal demons.
©2015 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Mazur captures Blades's intelligence, intensity, and emotional highs and lows, varying her delivery with every passage. When needed, Mazur speaks in a tone of resigned understatement and then, seemingly without pause, turns it to raging intensity." (AudioFile)
I don't think anything could have saved this book, other than not writing it, in the first place.
I do not believe Jonathon Kellerman wrote this book. It was trite, shallow and made no sense to me. I could not finish this book.
The female leads voice was so depressing.
I am still a fan of Alex Delaware books and look forward to the next installment in the series.
Yes, if you like long boring books!
Stick to dr delaware
All of them
One of the few books I couldn't finish
Should be named diary of a schizophrenic. It started good but main character had no interaction with supposed villain. It seemed all about her and you kept waiting for something that could be plausible
I love Jonathan Kellerman books. This one had potential, but it is overly complicated. Some people have 3-4 names, and with a host of other characters it is difficult to keep track. Usually I don't mind the wandering into psychology theory, but it bugged me this time, because it seemed to have nothing to do with the story. The protagonist is not likable.
Since this is the lowest quality fiction I have ever read I think maybe Mr. Kellerman could have improved this book by going back to his college fiction class. The point of fiction is to merge the realms of shocking realism with imagination. This book certainly has the imagination part, but so could any novel unconstrained by the bounds of reality. The hallow interactions between characters, the utter lack of realistic emotion, and an omnipotent protagonist made me feel the emotion of anger more penitently then the sum total of all the emotions captured in this whole book, or at least the gagging 6 hours of it I made it through.
No I haven't but I thought that her performance was the only saving grace of this audio book.
Grace. Of course without a main character there isn't really a book; which is my point. With a protagonist like Ms. Grace Blades there is no need for a book.
maybe 1 more
a story line was never present
it was ok
I wouldnt have any of them becuse the book had no real content
poor story line, when the book was finished I was still waiting for SOMETHING
A plot would have helped. I got tired of hearing about her patients. The overwrought descriptions of her Aston Martin and her food read like a first time paperback lurid writer. I have read every Kellerman Alex Delaware book and loved them and this was so far removed from them as to not appear to be the same writer.
No, but I certainly wouldn't buy another book about the same character
I did not have any problems with the reader
This isn't the real problem with the book so I am not sure why you would include this question, but I would have cut the prolonged reviews of her patients. The development of the story was so slow
I gave up on this and am returning it. A Kellerman book, I can't believe it. I have only ever returned one book previously
I kept waiting for.the mystery and intrigue I associate with Kellerman. instead.I found this to be pointless rambling without a discernible plot. disappointing. to be fair, however, I shoukd say I did not make it past 2/3 ir pissibly 3/4 of thr story. I was beyond bored
In reflecting on what I enjoyed -- and didn't enjoy -- about this book, I think a lot of the issues I had with it comes down to the narrator. The story stars a child survivor who is eventually taken in -- and later still adopted -- by a couple of professors, so a considerable part of the novel deals with this man and wife couple, who serve as her mentors until their tragic death late in the book.
The problem comes about because the narrator has the man speaking in a kind of lilting, sing-song cadence, the sort of thing that be appropriate for a baby. But Grace Blades is an extremely -- really, really, super intelligent -- girl, then woman. That fact is laid on with a trowel. But the speech pattern -- which other adults also affect to some degree from time to time -- has the effect of making everything this supposedly highly esteemed Harvard professor say sound as though he's toying with her, teasing about everything. Not taking her seriously. And in the story line, clearly that's not it at all. Anyway, the voice affectation the narrator chose is supremely annoying. To listen to the audio book is one thing -- but if Grace had to listen to that for years on end, no wonder she's weird.
And she is weird. In the sense of a personal triumph -- an abused abandoned child who goes on to conquer the academic/psychological world -- it's inspiring. It could happen, one supposes. Such a child could, I suppose, eventually become fabulously wealthy. But then to turn this creation loose on those who victimize, and have her turn into a cross between Jack Reacher and a female Rambo is more than even the usually-great writing of Jonathan Kellerman can handle. Or maybe it's just that Kellerman's Alex-and-Milo stories are so excellent that something as messy as this tale is bound to frustrate his Constant Readers -- or at least me, and I'm a huge fan of the basic series.
There's a schism in the story line, too -- this could better have been two books. The story of Grace growing up, facing all the endless difficulties the "system" and the world present is one thing. The female Rambo thing is quite another. It doesn't flow -- or maybe it's that the character is not congruent, as perhaps Alex Delaware might suggest. Or is it supposed to be that way? That Grace Blades (the suggestive name is overkill, too) is just an an unpredictable mess, and that's the point of the whole thing? Could be.
I have the feeling this is intended as the first in a new series -- and I'm not looking forward to that. I might try another one as a "paper" book, minus the flawed narration, but I won't hustle out to buy it.
I wish Jonathan Kellerman would stick to what he does best. I wish he would stop trying to write books with various family members, books which end up being worse than dreadful. I wish he'd just focus on the Alex-and-Milo books -- although I sense he's coming to a Conan Doyle moment, when he's so tired of his own creation that he's ready to kill him off, just to get rid of him. I hope that doesn't happen -- but then again, I'd rather see the series end gracefully than to see Kellerman drifting off into these new unworthy waters. Kellerman is better than this book. Much better.
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