- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline (11 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755374584
- ISBN-13: 978-0755374588
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.3 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Killer (Alex Delaware) Hardcover – 11 Feb 2014
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'Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying' (Sunday Telegraph)
'High-octane entertainment' (The Times)
'Exceptionally exciting' (New York Times)
'Ingenious and horrifying' (The Sunday Times)
In this thrilling story from No. 1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware becomes the target of a vengeful killer while a baby goes missing.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
But Milo and Alex seemed unusually stupid, not realising that a certain character was obviously the next victim. I mean, it was really blatantly obvious. Yet a police lieutenant and a psychologist specialising in crime don't even consider the possibility? Implausible.
The ending also has plausibility problems. Who did it, that's plausible. The initial explanation why they did it was plausible too, and had the book ended with this, it would have been satisfactory. But then the perpetrators seemed to change their motivation which makes no sense at all. There's also huge helping of coincidence near the end, several times, and that disappointed me too.
I've read several of Jonathan Kellerman's later books recently, and it seems that while his premises, writing style and characterisation are great as always, he's lost his ability to write great conclusions, or maybe he just can no longer be bothered. That's my personal impression. Other readers may feel differently.
Our favourite psychologist is involved in giving expert evidence in court in a custody battle between two sisters. The story starts with one sister threatening to kill him only for her to end up dead herself very soon afterwards. Alex finds himself paired up with his old friend Milo Sturgis and not only in fear of his life but beginning to think that the assessment he has made about the case may have been very wrong.
The book concentrates on the case and Alex's reactions to events and has a reasonable amount of action. The author also uses the book to make some pertinent points about the American justice system and the way in which child custody cases are handled. The strong point of this series is the insight which the author via Alex gives you into people's thoughts and behaviour. The plot is very much driven by the characters and the puzzle isn't always to work out who has done it but to find out why.
This books is well paced, full of action and has some interesting twists. Its best feature is that it is a very readable story. I very much enjoyed reading it and thank the publishers for a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Alex Delaware series is now well established with Jonathan Kellerman having written over 20 novels featuring the child psychologist and his detective friend. His fan base is secure which can be a double edged sword. There are those loyal readers who will read any novel featuring Alex and co, who are aware of his back story and so need little information about the characters. But that means that those new to the novels may sometimes feel a little left out.
I fall into the former category but I am not blind to the little foibles Kellerman indulges himself in. Alex has perfected a form of narrative brevity that is peculiar to him. I have mentioned it before in other reviews of Kellerman’s novels. In earlier books this was either not present or not apparent, but Alex has a way of speaking that makes him seemingly use as few words as possible. It is a character quirk that I do not mind, in fact it is part of what makes Alex, Alex, insomuch as Milo’s appetite is nearly a character in its own right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for about 60 percent of the book but let down very badly by the poor ending - ending is weak and silly.Published 4 months ago by Wayne
As always milo and Alex find their way through the maze of human detritus to solve the puzzle. Jonathon has an amazing grasp of human psychology and the psychopath. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gillian goodson
As always Kellerman is a good read and Alex Delaware a fascinating central character, though at times this book was a little pedestrian.Published 10 months ago by william wright