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Publisher's Summary

It came in a plain brown wrapper, no return address: an audiocassette of a soul-lacerating scream, followed by an enigmatic, haunting message delivered in a childlike voice: "Bad love. Bad love. Don't give me the bad love."

For psychologist-detective Dr. Alex Delaware, the chant, repeated over and over like a twisted nursery rhyme, is the first intimation that he is about to enter a living nightmare. If Alex fails to discover the escalating pattern of violence and to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, he will be the next to die.

Psyched? Listen to all of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware thrillers.
©1994 Jonathan Kellerman (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The prolific best-selling author keeps the reader involved through some rather fantastic plot turns." (Library Journal)

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    1 out of 5 stars

Boring

This was unnecessarily graphic in inappropriate places. It lacked excitement and was (except for the dog), a boring, drawn out, uneventful waste of time. The voice of the reader did not add much to the story. This was not a tale, but a passing acknowledgement of something that took place that could have been summed up in 1 sentence. I listened to the end, but the story never redeemed itself in my estimation.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • K
  • VANCOUVER, WA, United States
  • 06-09-08

Too much

Interesting, but too many characters and subplots for a audiobook. Not a great narration and the characters are hard to tell apart audibly. Overall, the book is a decent way to pass time, but the climax is frustrating as it's not built up to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Bad Story

This author was recommended to me. The story had a lot of dialogue and very little action. On top of that, nothing was solved. They weren't even close. The killer is self revealed and was never suspected. I couldn't wait for this long winded story to be over.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous
  • Pittsburgh PA, United States
  • 01-11-17

GREAT BOOK

Unable to stop listening. Well written and we'll narrated. I will definitely continue this series.

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Great story

Wonderful read with great twist. Always enjoy Dr. Delaware's adventures! Can't wait to read another.

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  • Francis
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 02-11-10

BIG FAN

I've been a fan of Kellerman for a long time. Had trouble downloading this at first, but in the end...I figured it out. Thanks Audible!!!!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful