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Susan M. Baumann
5.0 out of 5 starsKellerman Delivers Again
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018
I’ve read Kellerman’s books for decades. I still remember the first one, aware even then, that his work was different. He’s a uniquely-talented writer, easily able to enthrall a reader with a glimpse of dark and twisty California crimes. Kellerman’s books work because they are consistently good. Intelligent, fast-paced, smooth, confident writing. Believable dialogue that is realistic and often humorous. What always surprises me most, is that Kellerman can take a basic murder/mystery story, and spin it into an intricate and complicated tale that has steady momentum and near-constant movement. Never dull or plodding. Nothing tedious or inconsequential. Perhaps the true success of the books can be attributed to the genuine likability of main characters, Alex, Milo and Robin. These are characters that have literally stood the test of time. Familiar, comfortable and welcome, but always evolving too. I know of very few writers who can successfully sustain some of the same characters for the span of actual years. Kellerman does it seamlessly, and the reader is happy to pick up the thread with these three people again. With books in the Alex Delaware series, the reader gets an inside look at police procedures, psychological insights and enduring friendships/relationships. Kellerman is one of the few authors whose books I await and often pre-order. Each book provides reliable entertainment, as does this latest offering. If you are new to Kellerman’s books, congratulations. If you are a long-time fan like me, this latest book will provide you with the elavated psychological drama that you have come to expect. Curl up and enjoy. Well worth the time and money spent.
It's as if something's happened since he wrote The Murder's Daughter, a fantastic stand alone the was torn to shreds by reviewers. Since then the Delaware books are formulaic with no inight to Alex or Milo as people.
This one is downright convoluted with a red herring suspect that was persued just because the was odd. That drove half the book. , When the fellow was cleared it was like, heck I just wanted my time reading this.
Almost everyone of the characters are seen in this book From Peter to Moses. Flat and there only to please fans that like them.
I gave it three stars because it's a decent book average for JK excellent for a lesser writer.
I wish he'd go back and get out of the rut even revisit Butchers Theater or Murder's Daughter or something totally new because Kellerman is talented imaginative and wonderful. He can write truly amazing books. This isn't one of them.
I read every novel Jonathan Kellerman has written, without exception.
Mr. Kellerman is one of the most gifted writers on the planet. On a bad day, he can write circles around almost any bestselling novelist out there.
He has an uncanny ability to craft cutting realism and mix it with brilliant and astonishing, beautiful prose.
And so I am like a spoiled child, expecting—no demanding—the very best he can offer with every book he writes.
Alas, NIGHT MOVES, falls disappointingly short of this expectation. While NIGHT MOVES didn’t leave me throwing a tantrum—it was an enjoyable read by most standards—I was left feeling slighted.
Compared to the average, run-of-the-mill crime thriller, this book is topnotch. Compared to some of Kellerman’s greatest works, NIGHT MOVES is a couple notches better than a rough-draft.
The plot is complicated. And complicated is okay. Confusing, however, not so much.
His Achille’s heel has always been the multitude of confusing minor characters. I can’t keep track. That’s not entertainment, that’s work. Because I’m not going to sit around like some college student and take notes just so the ending makes sense to me.
Do I get the gist of who did it in the end? Yes. But I do so with strain and the uneasy feeling that my capacity to retain information is subpar, because it seems I’m just not making all the connections I should be making by the end of the book.
Some of Kellerman’s earlier books were works of art, and I read them all more than once, however his recent releases have that rushed, have-to-meet-a-deadline feel.
It’s not like he’s lost his touch—he wrote the Golem series, after all.
That said, I recommend NIGHT MOVES to any Kellerman fan who is satisfied with just about anything this great author writes, as well as anyone who has never heard of Kellerman but enjoys a good whodunnit novel.
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2018
I've read all of the Alex Delaware novels over the span of years; wait impatiently for the next one: read and re-read them over and over. I suggest you start from the beginning so you won't get tripped up by past references, however, Jonathan does a great job of backing a one time or new reader into the picture so you don't feel lost. His characters, Alex, Milo, Robin, Reed, Binchy, Petra, even Blanche the Frenchie, and her predecessor Spike; you can't help but look upon them as old friends. NIGHT MOVES is everything I hoped it would be. Murder mystery wrapped in a blanket of futility, guess work, false starts, lots of digging, all the while enjoying the intrigue but also the closeness of these two best friends (Alex & Milo) who play nicely off each other's strengths and weaknesses. The cynic and the optimist, two brilliant minds working I'm their own OCD methodical way to get to the bottom of a good old fashioned whodunnit. Jonathan Kellerman is my all time favorite author for a reason. And I love books with continuity, and old friends who never let you down. If you love a great read, again, start at the beginning of the Delaware series, you'll be in reading heaven for a long time, as soon as one is finished, frantically searching for the next book anywhere you can find it!
I’ve read all of JK’s books. This one has taken me the longest to read out if them all. I felt the plot was slow going & I found it difficult to hold my attention at times - dare I say, I was a little bored. I love Alex & Milo but even their dialogue came across a bit flat & hollow. They’re best friends yet still don’t seem to be able to hold a straight forward conversation. Everything seems to have an implied hidden meaning whilst still managing to sound totally superficial - I’d even go as far as to say it was a bit corny at times. It’s an OK ( & overpriced) read but completely forgettable.
4.0 out of 5 starsStock Kellerman but that is not a bad thing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2019
I had not realised until recently that I had missed this Kellerman title. The item supplied was the US hardcover edition. The story has Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgess wending their way through an unusual "whodunnit" but that is not a bad thing and rather more satisfying than some titles I have read over time. I keep thinking that, like Amazon's "Bosch" series, these books have some potential for TV or Amazon/Netflix streaming.
4.0 out of 5 starsA reader never makes a mistake by picking up a ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2018
A reader never makes a mistake by picking up a book by Jonatan Kellerman. The combination of psycholgist Alex Delaware and homicide detective Milo Sturgis promises a thriller than never lets up and won't let you put the book down. Los Angeles is a city of glamour, illusion and many people apparently normal live there wrapped in a style of life envied by many until they are discovered with bloody hands and guilty of murder. The duo Delaware and Sturgis always work perfectly together to uncover the guilty parties even when a body that cannot be identified is found in the living room of the upscale home of a person that is certain - as does his family - that the victim in unknown to them all.
I usually love reading Mr Kellerman,but for whatever reason I really struggled with this book. It remains well written with all the characters remaining 'well kent faces ' ,as we say in my neck of the woods. But still, it was difficult to to get a foot hold, or hold my attention. Maybe I'm coming down with something, and that's why I was unable to get enthused I'll still try another.
Like other readers of this book I too love Alex and Milo but although I finished this I did find it a bit tedious. I found that I had no really investment in the character’s, and that the wild goose chases were there to pad out the storyline, which is a huge shame. I guess needing a psychologist on every police case leaves the author a bit stumped in terms of new material