In this, the 10th book featuring Los Angeles based psychiatrist Alex Delaware. This time around, Alex is 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: The Clinic