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3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  1,638 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
Jesse Kellerman's debut thriller wowed the critics. His latest sets the bar even higher.

Young, idealistic, and overworked, Jonah is living the lonely life of a medical student in New York City when he accidentally stumbles across a murder in progress: a woman, being stabbed to death in the middle of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he rushes in to protect her-inadvertentl
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Tracyh I wish I wouldn't have finished it. With a book I'm sure it is easier to scan through the REALLY boring parts. I listened to it on a CD so it was…moreI wish I wouldn't have finished it. With a book I'm sure it is easier to scan through the REALLY boring parts. I listened to it on a CD so it was harder to follow along when I would fast forward big chunks of it.(less)
Tracyh Best-seller? Wow. I thought it was terribly boring. I listened to it on CD and fast forwarded through lots of it. Sad to say, it never did get better.
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Aug 31, 2011 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2
Can I give no stars??...........oh go on I will give one * purely because Jesse managed to sit and write 60,000 words in some form of order even if that order wasn't to my liking!!

Where to start? well I don't like metaphor's and simile's but this author clearly does, I don't mind the odd one but this book seemed full of them and it totally distracts me from the story and good grief how much description do we need?? It was waffle waffle waffle from start to finish.

The story was quite disturbing a
Aug 27, 2007 Jess rated it liked it
Having read both of his parents books (Jonathan and Faye Kellerman), I enjoyed the completely "his own" style of writing that Jesse Kellerman has.
Although I could see that Eve was "trouble" from a mile away, I kept reading because I wanted to know why. One thing I didn't enjoy: Jonah, the main character, is a med student. Got it. So much time is spent following him around the med school and spouting off all the medical jargon, and it has nothing to do with the rest of the story. We get it, he's
Apr 24, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in this book. I love the books by his parents Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, and I enjoyed Jesse's other novel Sunstroke. That one had realistic characters. But this book was just absurd beyond belief. The villainess of the book was too preposterous for words, and there was no explanation for why she was this way. When I read about a sick, twisted character I want some sort of explanation for why they turned out that way. In real life when someone is that sick and twisted ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love can take many forms in one’s life, growing and evolving as time passes into something far better and brighter than anything we might have hoped for, or it can warp into something far more twisted, pervasive and corrosive than anyone could ever imagine. Jonah Stem, a bright young medical student saves the life of Eve, a beautiful and talented young New Yorker apparently attacked by a brutal molester. Eve’s gratitude is so intense and complete that Jonah hopes for the former but begins to ...more
Jan 14, 2010 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, thriller
Above average thriller which won't be to a lot of tastes because it is dark and creepy. A Fatal Attraction type of plot about a decent young medical student who becomes involved with the woman whose life he saved during a street assault, killing the assailant in the process. Of course nothing is as it seems.

The story is somewhat over the top in gross creepiness and some of the plot is improbable, but I love Jesse Kellerman's writing which is thick and baroque compared to that of his parents' and
Jesse Kellerman is a very good writer and doesn't shy away from the bizarre. His plotting and characters remind me of Ruth Rendell - someone is always very twisted. This book doesn't do Mr. Kellerman justice, however. Yes, there's a very twisted, interesting character, but the main character, a 26-year old medical student (so presumably bright, unless medical schools have become so desperate as to enroll complete dimwits), is such an idiot that it was hard to listen to this one. Certainly his ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Marilyn rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this thriller. I was interested in checking out the second generation Kellerman novelist. He has a different style than his author parents -- one that is more cryptic and certainly one that is more scary which is saying a lot because Jonathan can keep you on the edge, but with more finesse. I found myself mesmerized, but I also found the story a bit too unbelievable and creepy for comfort. I was consistently annoyed by the wimpy medical student who was too nice to take ...more
Sep 25, 2008 Pa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in suspense and in medical student training
A pretty good read. I would actually give this somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.
The tale of a medical student who saves a young woman who has been stabbed. In the process, the assailant ends up dead. "Superdoc" goes from being a hero to the realization that he is in no end of "trouble", starting with a lawsuit from relatives of the dead attacker and escalating when he connects with the stabbing victim.
Pretty good character development and also a good description of life as a medical student in a
Dec 16, 2008 Kristin rated it it was ok
I listened to this book at work and I really was not to thrilled with it. Jonah Stem is a medical student and a lot of the story is just a lot of medical terms and gross hospital experiences. He saves a woman who is absolutly crazy. They have a love affair, she goes all whacko and he tries to get rid of her. The ending was a little crazy as well. Over all, some of the twists kept me reading but it was not a book that I would read again.
Kevin Pickett
Aug 16, 2012 Kevin Pickett rated it it was ok
This book kept my attention, but seemed like there was way too much fluff in it. I kept finding myself scanning ahead through rhetoric to get to the point of what was being said. The story wasn't bad. There's a lot of language in it. The "C" word is even in it. I can't even remember a book I've read with that in it.

Anyway, I was glad to get through this one and move onward with my life. I don't regret reading it, but am glad it is done.
May 30, 2010 DWGibb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a hapless medical student who intercedes in an assault against a woman on the street and kills the assailant. Though perceived as a hero, his world becomes a virtual self-induced prison, especially when the woman he saved becomes an inescapably entwined with his life.

I had a love/hate relationship with this story. It is fascinating, but troubling. It made me uncomfortable, but I couldn't leave it.
Daphne Atkeson
Apr 30, 2009 Daphne Atkeson rated it it was amazing
top-drawer psychological thriller. Five star books are those I can't wait to get back to or am tempted to leave my writing to read more of. This qualifies. Plus, tremendous voice, eminently readable and interesting.
May 16, 2009 Francine rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 2 a.m. reading this book! Reluctant hero Joshua Stem is being stalked by the woman whose life he saves in a way that makes Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" look like a Care Bear. Terrifying, compelling. I'm glad real life isn't like this. It isn't, right?
Feb 10, 2009 Michelegg rated it it was ok
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Kara Ripley
Mar 03, 2011 Kara Ripley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very entertaining. I really enjoyed the characters and I couldn't believe how crazy it got, all of a sudden. I guess you never really know who anyone is.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I don't know why it took me 3 days to finish this book. I must admit I put this book down alot so it would last longer. A major WTF kind of book.
Harry K
May 27, 2015 Harry K rated it did not like it
very boring...
Aug 09, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
This book did not even deserve one star. Yuck.
Nov 02, 2016 Frank rated it it was ok
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

I wanted to like this book. Liked the writing style and narrator. Good depiction of New York City scenes. Good depiction of treatment of 3rd year medical students on rotation through surgery, although maybe more brutal than realistic? seemed like a lot of time in surgery rotation. Liked the main character's internal conflict between perceived duty to his girlfriend, felled by a severe neurological condition, living at her home in Great Neck, and daily l
Steph (loves water)
Oct 20, 2016 Steph (loves water) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Outstanding. I stayed up late finishing this. Excellent character development. Creepy, slow building suspense. You just knew good guy Dr. Doormat was going to have problems This is an amazing author, I don't understand the low ratings. I would love it if we got another book from Mr. Kellerman with Eve's backstory.

May 04, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Jason Stem, medical student
SETTING: New York City
SERIES: #2 of 2

When you try to roll back a horrible event to its beginning, chances are that things started out innocently enough. Jonah Stem is a lowly medical student in New York City who is assisting during an operation when the patient's innards end up where they shouldn't be and ruin his shoes. It's 3 am, but of course you can buy a new pair of shoes in the City That Never Sleeps. What you don't expect to happen is to
Jill Manske
Sep 08, 2016 Jill Manske rated it liked it
"Trouble" is a creepy psychological thriller, with more than a hint of Fatal Attraction. Do-gooder medical student Jonah Stem happens upon what he thinks is an attempted murder, with the female victim calling or help and crawling away from the threatening attacker. But all is not what it seems. He establishes a relationship with the victim and everything quickly spirals out of control. I'm a big fan of Faye Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse's parents, and have read all of their books. ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Trouble, by Jesse Kellerman. B. Read by Scott Brick, produced by Penguin Audio and downloaded from

This book had the makings of a good thriller but it felt to me as if Kellerman couldn’t figure a way to get his protagonist out of the corner he boxed himself in, so he created an ending which accomplished that, but wasn’t very satisfying.

Here we meet Jonah Stem, a medical student. We learn that his last name is Stem because officials on Ellis Island mis-spelled his family name, which
Tom Donaghey
May 25, 2015 Tom Donaghey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TROUBLE by Jesse Kellerman is a 2007 release but the story holds up almost a decade later. Jonah Stem is a medical student interning in a large New York hospital. We see him doing his practicals, this time in surgery where he is at the mercy of every doctor in the place.
Having worked long into a twenty-hour shift, he tries to make his way home for a few hours rest. But the time is 3 A. M. and as he walks from the hospital he confronts what appears to be a knife wielding maniac who has already
Feb 07, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the original writing style in this book, although I found the lack of question marks at the ends of questions to be a bit distracting. The story was definitely a page-turner for me. It became introspective when the protagonist found himself watching a video of an event he was involved with and realized that his memory of the event differed pretty drastically from what he was seeing in the recording, and I found that to be pretty insightful given the circumstances surrounding the event. ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Zjourney rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Wow... disturbing....
Aug 25, 2014 Kite rated it really liked it
This book was creepy and troubling but a really intense read! I can understand why some people may not appreciate the jargon of him being med student, but I thought it helped ground the book very well. You can't expect a med student to only relate his crazy relationship with the psycho lady. And it also explained how he didn't really delve into how Eve developed this crazy mentality. He's not a psychologist; he's just a med student that got caught up in a bad way.

I do wish he would have probed m
Jan 05, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-books-2009
A fun-but-dumb read. All about a young med student who saves a woman being stabbed in an alley. She winds up coming to him and they have a passionate love affair. But quickly, trouble starts brewing in all aspect of our hero's life! I know the plot twists were meant to be surprising, but they weren't. And I am a person who is terrible at guessing the outcome of stories and movies. So, that really says something. Nevertheless, I found it entertaining and disturbing enough to finish quickly. Also, ...more
Dora Okeyo
Dec 14, 2013 Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it
'Jonah Stem heard a scream.'
This starts out well, and I was looking forward to reading more of what happened. Then I found it quite nice that people noticed him for his heroic act, then comes Eve, and suddenly he's doing everything to please her, and then feels as though he's being used again.
It's a good story, it's got a great plot, but I will have to say that the pace and descriptions were quite a let down. It has too many descriptions, and this makes time stand still as you get bored by det
Sep 20, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been considering not listening to the rest of this book since the first disc. I'm half-way through now and decided to read some of the more in-depth reviews. I see I'm not alone in my feelings about this book - and that the ending doesn't make sticking it out worthwhile. I think I'll follow my gut and turn this one back into the library for something far more plausible and entertaining. This book is sadistic and extremely far-fetched - two things I can tolerate if the writing is decent. The ...more
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Jesse Kellerman was born in Los Angeles in 1978. His award-winning plays have been produced throughout the United States and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most recently, he received the Princess Grace Award, given to America’s most promising young playwright. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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