I have read a number of Alex Delaware books over the years and enjoyed them. Hence I was prepared for a real treat with this book as it is here that we meet Alex, Milo and Robin for the first time.
When the Bough Breaks does not disappoint. Jonathan Kellerman is a skilful writer and the descriptive passages which go with the action give the reader a real impression of the scenes he is portraying. If I had any criticism I think that the balance between description and action is just a little out of kilter in favour of the former. I think that in later books the author developed his style and got this balance about right. Having said that, the plot is intricate, interesting and well put together as Alex finds himself in conflict with a particularly unpleasant group of people.
Hard to believe this was first published as long ago as 1985 with the, perhaps slightly less appealing title of Shrunken Heads! The book does not feel dated, but as a sideline it is interesting to spot the period features. For a start virtually no computers so poor Alex has to sift through reams of paper records. Also references to Datsuns (the old trading name of Nissan), a Rolodex, and someone's record collection! However, this does not in any way detract from this tale.
So to summarise, this is a book where the action moves along at a pace which is sufficient to maintain interest and keep you turning the pages. Quite an enjoyable read.