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1.0 out of 5 starsThe most boring ever
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2017
After 10 "fascinating" pages describing spiders' collection in detail of each creature appearance, abode, habits and behavior, then about 10 pages of a nurse giving medicine to children - I do not feel like reading any more of this book. And I am not even 1/4 into the book! What is the worst, I know that those spiders do not really play a meaningful role in the whole plot. The same as descriptions of clothes people wear, exteriors and interiors of houses do not play any role in Kellerman's books'. All this is just for filling space. For blowing up something that could be a very good short story into a very slow and boring novel, and making perhaps 10 bucks instead of 3, were it a short story. For hopeful fools like me to buy it.
Jonathan Kellerman is one of my favorite authors, however this is not my favorite book. The crux of the story didn’t begin until about halfway through. While the descriptions of settings and the introduction of individuals were well written, there was not much substance until midway through the book. The story that emerged, while somewhat improbable, was unique and kept my interest. Then, suddenly the book ended abruptly as though the author had grown tired or had enough pages and just wanted to be done. I wanted more at the end. I even went back and reread the last two chapters to see if I had missed something. I hadn’t, there just wasn’t much description of the events that brought resolution to the story. I would have liked more at the end and less at the beginning.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot my favorite of the Delaware series
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2017
Not my favorite of the series. The pace is a bit slow and the new characters are all pretty unlikable--annoying, even. Milo makes a brief appearance by phone, and made me realize how much I enjoy his interactions with Alex. This book takes Alex and his main squeeze to a completely different setting and I didn't really care for it. The writing is of the usual good quality, I just didn't like the plot, setting, or "villains". Only after rereading a newly purchased copy did I remember why I gave away my original copy--wasn't one I thought I'd reread.
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2011
Full disclosure: I've only started reading it, but it was an odd read from the start. First, it does not sound like Kellerman wrote this. His voice is different, the nuances. The story starts off with the biggest gaffe that made me wonder 1) who really wrote this and 2) who researched the simplest of information. (scoop coming up - so if you don't want to know, stop reading!) They take Spike with them and fly to Hawaii first where they spend 30 hours or so before continuing to Guam? It says that Spike was crated in baggage. Ok, first of all. Do your research! Brachycephalic breeds are mostly banned from cargo on almost every airline, especially those that travel to warm climates. They could pay to have him ride in the cabin with them because Frenchies would fit the size requirements (I know this because I have smoosh-faced dogs and do travel with them that way). Second, Hawaii has a mandatory quarantine for all incoming animals and dogs are no exception. It is an awful process that can be planned for, but requires months of preparation and pre-testing that is time specific. The idea that they gave him meatloaf and attention after arriving and spent 30 or more hours in Hawaii is more fiction than fiction. I could go on.
And when is this story supposed to take place? There is no reference except to the fact that they were rebuilding their house which is quite a few books back, yes? Or am I missing something?
Sorry to be so complain-y, but I have come to expect a lot more from a Kellerman novel. I've been a fan forever. This book, though, seems like a space filler and a badly done effort. I'm disappointed and if I could get my money back, I would!
Scattered and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy this Delaware book. Itjust got out of control in its prose and an excessive use of pronouns to the point I had to reread to find out just exactly who "he"was. A absolute killer for a thriller's tempo. A big yuck for this novel.
This is not your usual Alex Delaware novel. He is out of his familiar environment and is on a tropical island with Robin. He is lured there on the pretext of a well paid working vacation. Of course all is not as advertised. The island is filled with strong, well developed characters. Most are not who initially appear to be.
There is plenty of mystery, intrigue and action. I think you will like this one.
He writes with grace, intellect and vivid imagination. This book will not disappoint. I've read most of his books, as well as those by his lovely wife and son. All well written and engaging. I, too am a "shrink" and I appreciate his weaving of his psych craft into mystery and mayhem. I also love his vocabulary. I had to "google" a couple of words from the book for definitions. That is no longer a common practice for me, and I delight in being challenged in that manner. Thank you, Mr Kellerman for many hours of suspense, intrigue, served with a generous modicum of humor.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
Good character building and interesting story. I was almost half way through before the book got interesting. There could have been much more detail regarding the interaction between the two antagonists. This was a lost opportunity. A lot of tiny details that were interesting that could have leant greater richness to the story instead of focusing on beach visits.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn interesting tale but not the best in the series thus far
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2017
Jonathan Kellerman’s tenth book featuring Psychologist Alex Delaware. Slightly different in its content this time in that it is set away from Los Angeles and regular character Detective Milo Sturgis is very much on the periphery of this particular adventure.
Both Delaware and his long-time partner Robyn Castagnia are on the island of Arak which is an American island territory in Micronesia found in the Western Pacific. The island is a tropical paradise and they are the guests of a local doctor who has spent most of his life there.
However beneath the idyllic surface all is not well. The US base there has cut itself off from the rest of the island and there are concerns that they may be going to close the base in the near future. The island economy is practically non-existent and there is a growing public belief that their host is not doing all that he might to alleviate the islands situation.
Delaware discovers soon after their arrival that a brutal unsolved murder took place there some months previously. Locals believe it may have been a sailor from the base. However a second murder takes place and by this time the base has withdrawn from island life. Delaware and Robyn along with residents also staying at the doctors home soon find themselves under house arrest to ensure their safety against a particularly volatile population.
Both Delaware and Robyn with Milo’s long distance assistance soon discover that the island and the doctor’s history does not stand up to scrutiny. An unscrupulous US Senator and an imported journalist serve to confuse matters even further.
An interesting tale but not the best in the series thus far. Milo’s diminished role leaves a vacuum that Castagna is unable to fill completely. It is good that Kellerman has been able to develop that character further but the consequent reduction in the Sturgis character has not been a price worth paying
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2013
In this, the 10th book featuring Los Angeles based psychiatrist Alex Delaware we catch up with him as he sets off to a small, sparsely populated Micronesian island named Aruk to work alongside the island's patriarchal nominal power Dr William Moreland who is in help of bringing order to his vast volumes of research on the island. Alex and Robin's stay on the island begins with the couple relaxing in the beautiful locale and this provides a nice break from the smog of Kellerman's usual LA. Soon enough though things take a turn for the strange, beginning with a few of the locals acting with slight hostility, then when Delaware sees the kind of work he'll be collaborating on with Moreland he starts to become even more skeptical of the isle. The cases involve a few of the locals suffering from strange hallucinations and behavioral breakdowns, this teemed with the fact that there's a strong, yet slightly mysterious, military presence on the other side of the island makes for a rather atmospheric read.
As I've said, this edition is a nice break for the series, Kellerman allows us to immerse fully into the local culture of Aruk and its inhabitants and it is a true treat to read. However the mystery side of the story is slightly lagging, although it is enjoyable I feel the book could have been bettered had Kellerman spent more time developing all the story lines, but at only 400 pages 'The Web' seems slightly short. Overall this is a pretty good book, while I wouldn't recommend it have you not read Kellerman before, however as part of the series it works well. That said, I'm looking forward to getting back to LA for the next installment in the series:
2.0 out of 5 starsOnly Read If You Are Trying to Read the Whole Set
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2014
I really enjoy this author, and am working my way through the series. I usually find I cannot put them down. However, this one I could put down quite easily. Set on an island, it's almost as tedious as being forced to sit through a neighbour's holiday photos. Nothing much happens until half way in (literally - 50% as I read it on a Kindle), when it perks up a little. But this doesn't last and I found myself quite unable to suspend my disbelief. I felt disappointed and if this had been the first Alex Delaware I had read, I would never have read another. Only read this one if you are intent on reading the whole set.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2018
I love Jonathan Kellerman's books but did not enjoy this one Very different to his other novels. Too much about Alex & Robin and not enough of about Sturgis. A sad, miserable tale with no redeeming features. Sorry Jonathan. But this will not stop reading more of your books, and even re-reading many others!!
Alex and robin take a job on an island, what follows is disturbing. Not the usual tale from Mr kellerman, and to be honest the bugs freak me out. Creepy and emotional with historic crimes taunting the present.