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Length: 448 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Alex Delaware series (book #1)
Start Date: Sometime in 2007-8
Finished Date: Sometime in 2007-8
Where Found: Used bookstore
Why Read: After exhausting all the John Grisham & James Patterson novels I could get my hands on, I decided to try out a new author the salesgirl recommended.
Summary: A psychologist treats a young girl who is the only witness to the murder of a corrupt child psychiatrist.
It’s great to read a mystery that doesn’t centre around a cop or lawyer. What’s refreshing about James Patterson’s Alex Cross and Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series is the perspective that a psychologist gives to homicide cases and the murderous criminals behind them.
The characters are deliciously atypical, similar in style to Sue Grafton, sculpting a central protagonist who we want to learn more about over time (hence, the creation of an ongoing series). The plot is intricate, fast-paced, and ends with a terrific twist.
If you enjoy James Patterson, you will like Jonathan Kellerman’s series with psychologist Alex Delaware. I have only read the 1st book and have been taken with other titles since (isn’t that always the way?), but may return to the series in the future.
Rank: (A)- Excellent