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Shrink Rap (Sunny Randall #3)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,648 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Sunny Randall is hired to protect a bestselling novelist from her ex-husband. He's not only a stalker...he's a shrink. And when Sunny becomes his patient, she discovers as much about herself as she does about the criminal mind...
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Published September 1st 2005 by Phoenix Books (first published 2002)
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Hank Hoeft
Robert B. Parker is perfect summer vacation reading--the novels of his various P.I. characters all share the same rapid-fire dialog and fast pace, and the three series characters I follow (Spenser, Jesse Stone, and now Sunny Randall) to some extent share some of the same qualities. I discovered Parker through his Spenser novels 'way back in 1987, but I never felt the urge to try his other protagonists until after I'd read all the Spenser novels he'd written (or would ever write, as Robert B. Par ...more
Chase Clark
Jul 01, 2011 Chase Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spenser
With a day of a two-hour flight, followed by a two-hour layover and then another hour long flight, I decided to finally do some reading again. I first discovered Robert B. Parker after becoming a fan of the Spenser for Hire TV show. I was quite saddened to learn of Parker's passing this past year. However, I continue to read his books and have never been disappointed by any of them. Parker has a unique style that is very hard to describe. He is a detective author at the core, but his writing sty ...more
A 330 page mystery that does not contain any real action until page 240 fails to meet even my lowest expectations. My love of Parker's style, wit, and creative intellect remains unblemished; however, 'Shrink Rap' became tiresome. Sunny Randall's character falls short of Spenser - obviously - and certainly Jesse Stone. Perhaps the problem revolves around a male author attempting to provide the insight and emotions of a female character. The slow plot, cliche psychiatric dialogue, and confusing ch ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Spenser. I love Jesse Stone. I want, so badly, to love Sunny Randall. And yet, I can't help seeing her as Spenser and Jesse's spunky, cute, but still basically inferior little sister.

Parker is a genius at the spare language and vital silences of men's dialog, be it a Western-style showdown or noir naval-gazing. But Sunny seems to fall flat.

I re-read this one in anticipation of getting the new Jesse Stone out of the library and thought, yup, I still don't like Sunny. So I went and re-rea
Dec 11, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the exquisite Sunny Randall series starts off with a heavy emotional shock. Sunny’s ex, Richie, announces that he has found another woman he would like to marry. Sunny’s heart - and that of the legions of male readers who fell for this new age heroine at the start of book onen - will shatter into a million pieces as quickly as their eyes sprint across the screens of their kindles.

By the time you have read the opening chapter as many times as it takes for the message to sink in
Mary Sue
Dec 05, 2010 Mary Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Sunny Randall. I even enjoy her dog Rosie and I am an "anti-dog/pro-cat person. The novels in this series read fast and are a good choice after plodding through some longer dryer tomes. Not a "cozy", and not a "blood and guts" thriller, this is "just right"
Feb 18, 2014 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give any Robert B Parker books anything less than a 3, but I am going to have to. I think there are 2 main reasons I did not really enjoy this one. 1) I chose to listen to the book on CD and I felt the actress reading the book did a really bad job. So much so that I had to pick up the book book and read the second half so I could avoid her interpretation of some of the characters. 2) I realize that with fiction you have to suspend belief on some level. However, one of the storylines in ...more
If, like me, you enjoy the Sunny Randall character, you are in for another enjoyable and quick read.
Jan 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Sunny Randall series. P.I. Sunny is an ex-cop and ex-wife of a personable mobster. Another of author Parker Boston area quickly read, enjoyable series.

Sunny Randall is hired to shepherd Melanie Joan Hall on an author tour. The romance author is being stalked by her psychiatrist ex. Melanie gradually reveals the sexual predator characteristics of the relationship and Sunny thinks others of his patients have been victimized and possibly murdered. She goes undercover to unmask him, with h
I wanted a lightweight crime novel, I got a lightweight crime novel. I found Shrink Rap largely very likeable and felt it trod some potentially very dodgy ground in entertainment very carefully. Sunny's overdose on psychiatric consultations threw up some interesting things, as did her encounter with Hollywood. Rosie the dog works... in a lot of books the animal gets wheeled out from time to time but mysteriously has no needs in between - not so Rosie.

All of that said, I really disliked the very,
Barbara ★
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Feb 26, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Romance novelist Melanie Joan Hall hires Sunny Randall to protect her from her stalker ex-husband. Melanie met John Melvin, a psychiatrist, when she started going to him for counseling and he seduced her. As she investigates Melvin, Sunny realizes that Melanie is not the only patient he has seduced. When two of his patients die, Sunny realizes that Melvin needs to be stopped before someone else gets hurt. To catch him, Sunny becomes his patient, but in trying to stop Melvin, Sunny places herself ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We first took a liking to Parker’s Boston private eye character Sunny Randall upon meeting her in the Jesse Stone novel “Split Image.” So when we sought out the first in her own six-book series, “Family Honor,” we thoroughly enjoyed that story as anticipated. In “Rap,” she works as a bodyguard to Melanie Joan, a well-known author on tour promoting books. Then, almost on her own initiative, Sunny pursues the real crimes of the stalker who was bothering the writer, Melanie’s ex-hubby and psychiatr ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
c2002. I suppose a bit of a gruesome reason for getting this book out of the library is that I understand that Mr Parker has just died. In reading the various newspaper articles, I can't believe that I somehow have never come across his books (that I can remember). This was a nice quick read which was what I wanted after wading through some particularly lengthy books. I enjoyed the story and I loved Rosie (the dog). It was if he was describing my very own dog - all of the characteristics and beh ...more
Daniel Sevitt
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Richard Brand
Dec 30, 2014 Richard Brand rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I may have read one Sunny Randall and enjoyed it, but it got old very quickly. I got tired of the dog. I got tired of all the drama that was supposed to be between Sunny and Richie. I got tired of the shrink stuff. And I got very tired of all the sexual innuendoes and the frequency that she engaged in sex with such an easy approach.

This story was a real stretch, and I think it shows that Parker is working on too many novels.
Jan 31, 2010 mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relationships, crime
I listened to this on cd, a new trend of mine. I listen in bed and often fall asleep which is the point. Oddly, I don't feel the need to go back and listen to what I missed. I listened to this after reading "Blue Screen" which Parker wrote years after Shrink Rap. It is a Sunny Randall novel where she solves murders while trying to solve her own love/relationship woes. As in Blue Screen, I find Randall's involvement with her own psychoanalysis the most interesting parts. The stories are basically ...more
Michael Carlson
This was a "potato chip" book for me. A snack and an indulgence after a weightier read. Sunny Randall, the main character, was a side character in another series of books by Robert B. Parker which I liked.
Randall is hired as a bodyguard to a celebrity writer being stalked by her ex-husband. Randall works to figure out the how's and why's.
A potato chip read.
Jul 29, 2011 Les rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert B. Parker's female detective Sunny Randall is hired to protect an author during a book tour who is threatened by her ex-husband, a successful psychotherapist. They become friends and when the tour is over, Sunny continues to help, trying to find a way to stop him. As she delves into the reason for the author's divorce and into his practice, she finds he's a sexual predator taking advantage of his patients who are all women. As with all of Parker's books, I'm not convinced about the relati ...more
Sunny's back for her third outing, this time working more as a bodyguard than a private detective. Melanie Joan Hall is the author of a profitable series of books, but lately she's been having trouble in the form of a stalker ex-husband; hence, Sunny is hired as protection. Soon Sunny sees Melanie Joan as not just a client, but a friend, and so she begins to investigate the ex-husband, a creepy psychiatrist named Dr. John Melvin. The more Sunny investigates, the more threatening Dr. Melvin becom ...more
Cat clark
Aug 16, 2015 Cat clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Jesse Stone series and his counterpart Sunny Randall is just as engaging! Every woman can identify with her character and frankly I want to be her! I enjoy her likes best friend and will miss hearing her voice when the series is done!

Apr 22, 2015 Joan rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
This book bore no resemblance whatsoever to any other novel by Robert B. Parker that I've read. I restarted the audio several times, but it persistently put me to sleep.
May 24, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A Sunny Randall novel — great title since it has to do with a corrupt psychoanalyst. As usual Sunny is conflicted about her relationship with her ex-husband and using some of her own problems becomes one of the psychoanalyst’s patients. One quibble: Sunny allows herself to be given a date rape drug. She carries the antidote with her, but she doesn’t try out the drug and antidote ahead of time which would have been a sensible move since she has a whole week to see if the antidote actually works.
Mar 26, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Robert Parkers sense of humor! This book is about a female private eye with a wonderful dog. Easy to read. So far his books have never let me down.
Oct 19, 2015 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No great novel here. I enjoy the rest of Parkers books, but the Sunny Randal books do not measure up to Spenser, J. Stone, or Hitch & Cole.
Sharon Sherman
Jun 04, 2014 Sharon Sherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so nice to be introduced to Sunny Randall. She is some character. This was the first time to read Robert Parker. I'll read his books again.
Jun 18, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
The first Sunny Randall novel I’ve read (though not the first in the series), this has a good central story that I really liked and it’s typically well told, in Parker’s brisk style. I didn’t, however, warm to Sunny all that much - a lot of the time, she felt like a transplanted Spenser (which could just be me) and her supporting cast felt like it was placed for strategic reasons, rather than the organic way Spenser collected Hawk and Susan, et al. Not a bad book (though the ending is a tad unli ...more
Kevin Beck
A good story. Parker's characters are excellent. Sunny Randall is flawed in much the same way as Spenser or Stone (relationship issues).
Marsha Graham
Mar 06, 2014 Marsha Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I quite enjoyed this book. I like Sunny and Spike and the on again off again relationship with the men in her life. Action/Adventure
Oct 08, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the only Parker book I quit reading. Dull, boring, repetitous, and did I say boring?
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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
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