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Starts Well, But Gets Bogged Down
on 2 November 2012
Generally I would expect to enjoy any of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, having read quite a few of them over the years. I thought this one started off quite promisingly with Alex himself in the taking centre stage. However, it proved to be a strange book which definitely got bogged down and overly complicated in places and concluded with a whimper rather than a bang.
Tanya, a young woman who Alex has treated for OCD in the past, has just lost her adopted mother to cancer. Her mother's dying words were that she had been involved in a terrible event which was taken to mean that she had killed someone. Milo and Alex got involved and from then onwards there is a detailed investigation of the many places Tanya and her mother had lived over the years and the various deaths which took place in those vicinities. Of course, whilst the truth is eventually teased out most of this investigatory work is, in the end irrelevant. However, it does cover many rather tedious pages without taking the story forward.
The climax was, in the end, not very climactic and the author then seemed to need to draw things out for another twenty or so pages for no good reason that was obvious. So overall its an OK read, but far from the best from this author.