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Heartbreak Hotel Audiobook

Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 32

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Publisher's Summary

Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex's most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman.

At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.

What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.

When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman's life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.

Heartbreak Hotel is classic Delaware and classic Kellerman.

©2017 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"I’m fortunate that John Rubinstein's incredible talents have graced the Alex Delaware novels since the series began. John’s illumination of Alex and Milo is perfectly in tune with my view of the novels. His masterful work is at its best in Heartbreak Hotel - a page-turner that is also Alex and Milo at their best." (Jonathan Kellerman)

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    JAMES PERRY, OHIO, US 03-04-17
    JAMES PERRY, OHIO, US 03-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    I noticed a few negative reviews and checked them out. Most are new to the author and characters. Those of us who enjoy these books do so because of the interplay of the characters and the odd assortment of people them come in contact with. And, Rubinstein presents the entire work like he was put on earth to do so. Pure delight!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    alicia lovato 03-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow"

    This book was REALLY slow. I wanted to like it, and kept listening hoping it would get better but it didn't. I found it really boring but made myself finish.

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    kimberlee Chaparral, NM 03-14-17
    kimberlee Chaparral, NM 03-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Kellermans Best"

    Even Rubensteins usual outstanding performance couldn't keep my attention from wandering off on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi Arcata, CA, United States 03-18-17
    Mimi Arcata, CA, United States 03-18-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Kellerman writes engaging stories."

    Not his best but good enough. Kept me company. I like his characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Carter 03-06-17
    C. Carter 03-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lazy"

    I am a long time fan of Delaware / Kellerman. While this was not bad, it was not good either. No psychological suspense, no new insights, no plot twists, and way too much filler. If this is the effort going forward this is the end of Alex for me, which is sad.

    Thanks though for the many years of good reads.

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    Julia A. Gagne Orlando, Florida 03-08-17
    Julia A. Gagne Orlando, Florida 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So disappointed in this book."
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or John Rubinstein?

    From John Rubinstein, definitely! He was great: wonderful character voices, and he really illustrates the difference in readers between actors and just people who read well. He's an Actor!


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

    No. Will be on the look-out for them now, though.


    Do you think Heartbreak Hotel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. The story wrapped up, no follow-up necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was tedious. After an interesting beginning, the plot became intense and very lengthy exposition about characters we had never met, descriptions of people, places, and events which went on and on, and I was very disappointed. I have lately taken to removing quite a few best-selling authors from my list of people to read, and I am so sorry to say, I won't be coming back to Jonathan Kellerman. Maybe he needs to find a new set of characters to write about, and begin a new series. If he did so, I might give him another chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 02-18-17
    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not one of Kellerman's Best"

    I purchased this audio book based on Jonathan Kellerman's past writings.....I found this not one of his best.....the story is fragmented and did not contain any ideas or themes that spurred my interest to continue listening....I did on past experiences....
    If one was not familiar with the main characters...Milo Sturgis (and his peculiarities)...and Robin Castagna, Alex's girlfriend....the impact of their behavior/activities on this story is lost....
    Come on Jonathan...you can do better, and I look forward to the old Kellerman's writing in your next novel.....

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    L.Kier 02-17-17
    L.Kier 02-17-17
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    "Another great book by Jonathan Kellerman."

    Great story. Fantastic narration! I love how Mr. Kellerman get you right into the story and the pace moves so smoothly.

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    william clark 10-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "always good"

    This writer never disappoints the narrative perfect good story solid characters would recommend this one

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    Kenneth Hahn Petaluma, CA USA 08-29-17
    Kenneth Hahn Petaluma, CA USA 08-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Kellerman's best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Creating multiple plot lines, maybe intersecting, maybe not. Anything to create some tension. We had no sessions in this book with his actual patients. There was not even much reference to Delaware's real job - he was always working on the police case, giving little time to his practice other than doing just enough paperwork to keep the $$ rolling in. Steven White with Alan Gregory is much better at creating multiple plot lines that make his life more interesting, showing the difficulty in balancing his work with the police with his real job.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman’s story?

    I felt like this installment of Alex & Milo started slow, and never got going. The reader, in my opinion, just is not given enough meat to pique their interest. The plot line just plods along. We do get resolution at the end, but getting there is like a visit to the dentist. I had trouble believing the police would dedicate this many resources to what is, in essence, a cold case. No way a front line detective would have been assigned to it.


    Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

    I love Milo, always have. He gets the good lines. Although, in previous outings, he's been more interesting. I don't think he cleaned out the fridge once in this installment.


    Was Heartbreak Hotel worth the listening time?

    If you like hearing Rubenstein narratives, then go right ahead. If you're looking for another fun ride with Alex, Milo and Robin, forget it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not since "The Web" in 1995 has Kellerman managed to produce a Delaware novel that did not satisfy. This one was hard to finish, although it did have a satisfying conclusion, neatly wrapped up. But Robin did not get enough lines to make her role interesting, and I did not identify with the good guy(s), or come to dislike the villians, or feel much sympathy for the victim(s). It was just dull and unsatisfying as a listening experience. Message to Jonathan - I think it's time to follow Ian Rankin's model, as to how he's developed the Rebus character, taking him into retirement, and old age in a believable way. I think Rebus is more interesting retired than he was before. I feel like the Delaware/Sturgis relationship as it stands, has nowhere to go that's interesting. A dramatic changeup is required.

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