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When the Bough Breaks | [Jonathan Kellerman]

When the Bough Breaks

Jonathan Kellerman has gained a loyal legion of fans with his best selling series of thrillers featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware. In When the Bough Breaks - the novel that started it all - Delaware is irresistably drawn to the case of a terrified child who is the only witness in a horrific double murder.
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Publisher's Summary

Child psychologist Alex Delaware thought he'd put it all behind him - all the tense hours of dealing with disturbed kids and their equally disturbed parents. But he can't resist Melody Quinn. Pathetically skinny with huge, frightened eyes, 7-year-old Melody is the only witness the LAPD has in a grisly double murder.

"Two hours of your time...that's all it will take," says Alex's friend, Detective Milo Sturgis. Delaware quickly finds it's not that simple. What the little girl saw becomes a personal obsession that threatens his career and his life. Snared in a web of evil that stretches from the barrio to an elite island community, he approaches a ghastly secret that makes even murder seem like child's play.

©1988 Jonathan Kellerman and Bantam Audio Publishing; (P)1988 Bantam Audio Publishing, Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A compelling, exceptionally exciting thriller!" (The New York Times)
"Suspenseful, neatly spun, fascinating...spooky." (Philadelphia Daily News)

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    Darline 03-24-05
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    "I liked this mystery."

    I bought this mystery on a whim, but once I started to listen to it I couldn't stop. The protagonist's obsession to solve the mystery becomes personal and that's when the action explodes into every corner of his life.

    The dramatic music was entertaining, but also ruined a few moments in the book for me because it cued me to know what was coming next.

    The narrator made the characters come to life with his ever changing voice. I liked his articulations of softly spoken females, foreign accents, and high-pitched voices of children.
    The book is short, but entertaining and I'm going to listen to When The Bough Breaks again and again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 06-29-05
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 06-29-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Insufficiently Audible"

    An interesting plot, although the hero has too many wonderful qualities to be believable. The biggest problem is the recording - the reader's voice sounds muffled, and it's often very difficult to find out what is being said.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-20-11
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Ordinary and dull"

    The plot was obvious; the surprises non-existent. I was bored. I would not recommend this book.

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    Elaine 05-12-08
    Elaine 05-12-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Butchered"

    This book is a prime example of why I normally buy unabridged books. I admire the clear thought process of Jonathan Kellerman, but this title was so badly butchered there was no story line. Whole segments are obviously missing. The book hardly starts before we are jumping to the thrilling conclusion with no clue how we got there. It was a waste of money.

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    Daniel Littleton, CO, United States 05-15-08
    Daniel Littleton, CO, United States 05-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Good book"

    The first of the Alex Delaware novels and a little more simplistic than others that followed. Still a great read.

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