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Publisher's Summary

It is a case unlike any psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware has ever encountered. Five-year-old Woody Swope is ill, but the real problem is his parents. They refuse to agree to the one treatment that could save this boy's life.

Alex sets out to convince Mr. and Mrs. Swope - only to find that the parents have left the hospital and taken their son with them. Worse, the sleazy motel room where the Swopes were staying is empty - except for the ominous bloodstain. The Swopes and their son have vanished into the sordid shadows of the city.

Now Alex and his friend, homocide detective Milo Sturgis, have no choice but to push the law to the breaking point. They've entered an amoral underworld where drugs, dreams, and sex are all for sale...where fantasies are fulfilled at any price - even at the cost of a young boy's life.

©2010 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A suspenseful thriller whose solution lies in the darker recesses of the human soul." (The Wall Street Journal)

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Too choppy - made me think it was abridged.

Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or Alexander Adams?

Absolutely. This was only my second JK book. I started with When the Bough Breaks and plan on listening to the entire series. I really enjoy Adams' narrations.

Has Blood Test turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nah. It was pretty rough, content wise, but I feel that makes books more interesting. It's a psychological thriller - I am not expecting to read about regular old murder.

What about Alexander Adams’s performance did you like?

He has a great pace in story telling. He isn't overly dramatic, yet he still gets the inflection for each character just right.

Any additional comments?

The reason I rated this one so low, is because Kellerman doesn't explain enough. When listening, I kept rewinding or going back a chapter because I thought I had missed pieces of the puzzle. All of a sudden Delaware is making proclamations that are out of left field. It was so choppy that I actually thought I had purchased the abridged version. In any thriller/mystery, especially psychological, I want time to think about what may be happening - I appreciated this in When the Bough Breaks - each step was logical and tied together. In Blood Test, it felt as though Kellerman wasn't able to generate the story to lead-up to his conclusion, so he throws it all together in a monologue in the next-to-last chapter. I was riding in my car completely baffled and confused, truly feeling as though I skipped to the second part of the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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"Blood Test" Passes with Flying Colors

Jonathan Kellerman has not disappointed me yet. from start to finish you're guaranteed a great story.

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Great read.

Loved it, like all the Alex Delaware stories. Would definitely recommend for mystery and suspense lovers.

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Loved the narrator and intriguing story!

I thought I had read every Kellerman novel but am happy I missed this one! The plot was twisted, the characters unique and the botanical research very interesting.

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  • Robert
  • Covington. WA
  • 10-01-15

Great!!

What made the experience of listening to Blood Test the most enjoyable?

JK is always top notch. I was not disappointed with this one at all. Good action and great mystery.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the continuing saga of Alex Delaware and the things he gets involved in with the detective Milo Sturgis.

Have you listened to any of Alexander Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This one is just as good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I can't do that but if i could I would say so.

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Straightforward Detective Story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There were some definite twists and turns. Some of those surprises can see coming, and others not so much.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I thought it was a good story that is pleasing to listen to. If you are into the classic detective story, then this is pretty close to what you would expect.

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Sad, Sad Story of Life

What did you love best about Blood Test?

Love is not the best word to describe the book, Blood Test. There was incest, sexual abuse by other's, cruelty and childhood cancer. Those are tough topics to be dealt with all in one book. Other issues were drugs, cults and murder. I am here to tell you, if I had to deal with those issues frequently, I would burn out. Woody was a child of five, who was diagnosed with cancer. There is a high probability, that if Woody starts treatment immediately, his chances are good. Woody is the son of his sister, Nona, who gave birth at fifteen. Her parent's would not allow her to be Nona's son. The other tough issues come into play in other parts of the novel. All of those topics are woven into the novel that do create some tough learning about our society.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a real eye-opener. I know about all of these issues in a singular context but having never experienced them myself, I don't know how I would have adjusted or if I could have adjusted. Yes, there were many character's in the book but Nona has been destroyed. There were the two character's who step in to help, the child psychologist Alex and his friend, Detective Milo Sturgis. The doctor's and nurse's and other help at the hospital were there to help too. The character development is good. There are reasons for why these people in the novel are the way they are. However, I would have to use deductive reasoning and declare the perpetrator has a mental illness, antisocial personality or use the DSM IV to figure out the diagnosis. It's a tough story to listen to.

Which character – as performed by Alexander Adams – was your favorite?

The character I liked best only said fifteen or less words in the novel and that was the young boy, Woody Swope. He was sick and did his best to follow along with what the other's were making him do. You have to remember, being only five, he had no voice to object. The narrator, Alexander Adams, did make the reader aware of how sick Woody was just by narrating the words written by the author.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The film would have to have a tag line that I think would hurt the movie. I know the film would definitely bring emotions from deep inside myself that I don't know if I would be able to stay and watch the film. Listening to the book was okay but seeing it acted out would not be good for me. However, I'll attempt a tag line. The Journey Through a Damaged World Creates Chaos.

Any additional comments?

I hope that the next book in the series does not deal with such heavy topics.

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  • Heather
  • Ballarat, Australia
  • 02-27-13

Great story well told

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book as I would all of Jonathan Kellerman's books. Insightful, clever, well told and great characters who come alive in the story.

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Great Twists

What did you love best about Blood Test?

I love the development of the main characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, probably because we get to know him better than the others. He is tough but very compassionate and not afraid to show his softer side

What about Alexander Adams’s performance did you like?

Hi voice. LOOOOOOOOVE his deep timbre.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have but I buy my books to listen to when I go walking every day so it is done an hour at a time. I have just ordered Book Three in the series so that says something about my feelings.

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  • sarah
  • 11-19-15

Fantastic read

Great story, keeps you guessing to the end.
Another triumph for Jonathan Kellerman.
Couldn't put it down.