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Obsesion (Alex Delaware #21)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  8,214 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
Spanish language version. Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at nineteen, she still seems older than her years - but her problems go beyond hyper-maturity. Patty Bigelow, Tanya's aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delawar ...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published January 10th 2010 by LA Factoria De Ideas (first published 2007)
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Mar 14, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate myself for loving Jonathan Kellerman. He's the literary equvalent of potato chips: addictive, tasty, and with no nutritional value. This is a good exemplar of his work.
Feb 18, 2010 Betsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly couldn't even finish this book. As a psychology student who likes mystery, I thought this was a sure thing. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. I felt the writing was sub-par, and as a result, I didn't feel very attached to the characters. I haven't completely lost hope. Maybe I'll try a different one of Kellerman's books because it seems like he has fans out there!
Aug 07, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Two-and-a-half stars, probably.

It's okay, but only because Kellerman is an accomplished author, and knows how to tell a tale, but his characters are all seeming, well, stale. Nothing is new here. I didn't really guess "who dunnit" but I also didn't care a lot. His villian in this one is just plain gross (which is typical Kellerman) and could have been plucked whole from any other Kellerman novel. The woman that Milo and Alex set out to help is supposed to be this very smart, ultra-mature 20
Jennifer Wardrip
As a long time fan of both Jonathan Kellerman and Alex Delaware, OBSESSION does not disappoint. As I was immersed once again into another case of past meeting present, I was reminded of how much I love these characters!

When Dr. Delaware is contacted by a former patient after her mother dies, a very strange story unfolds. The girl's mother was a "saint," a nurse who kept the E.R. running smoothly with her tenacity and talents. The fact that she died after a brief illness, and after confessing to
Susan Poling
Apr 10, 2008 Susan Poling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I really didn't like this book very much. It moved slowly and had more characters than I could manage. I continue to love Alex Delaware and like following his relationships with Robin and his friend Sturgis. This book introduces a new puppy in their household. A french bulldog named Blanche.
Nov 30, 2007 Lain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman has set the bar for psychological thrillers, and he's set it high. Unfortunately, Obsession, the latest in the Alex Delaware series, falls short of his previous achievements.

While the usual elements are there -- a previous client needs help, and Delaware and his detective pal Milo Sturgis jump to the rescue -- things feel a bit stale. Everything is just a bit tepid. Their reason for becoming involved in the mystery (a dying request from Sturgis' lover's co-worker) is tenuous
Apr 04, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans.
Part of the Alex Delaware series, this volume is somewhere in the middle in terms of quality and readability.

With his trusty side-kick, Milo Sturgis, a gay LA PD detective, Alex takes on the search for the meaning of a deathbed confession by Patty Bigelow, an ER nurse who has died, unexpectedly, from aggressive pancreatic cancer.

The connection to Delaware is that he had treated her adopted daughter, Tanya for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a condition Patty also suffered from.

As the story
Boundless Book Reviews
Action packed non-stop suspense! I absolutely loved this psychological thriller! The story line is imaginative; I felt compassion for Tanya immediately, loved Dr. Delaware, and either found most of the other characters amusing, downright weird, or instantly hated them. The perfect book! The narration by Rubinstein was done excellently as well, an all-around great listen! I would like to add; both my husband and I loved Obsession, so this is a good one for your next road trip too. Definitely a 5 ...more
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Mar 05, 2017 Kelly ... rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I really wanted to like this book. I was happy to have Alex working with a previous patient as I like the premise that he works with children. Unfortunately though this book was dull. It starts slow and stays slow. Even Rubinstein cannot save it despite his excellent narration.
Feb 21, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out as a general run of the mill mystery. The author seemed to have a formula for writing that obviously the publishers like but which read to me like a screen play. Start the scene with an exact time and place, give a rundown of what clothes the characters are wearing right down to their socks, have a conversation such as "this person asks this question, this person responds". I found it almost comical how predictable the pattern became. I would even venture to guess the publi ...more
B J Burton
I’ve often seen a row of Kellerman’s books on the library shelves. That is usually a sign of an author who is both prolific and popular, but I hadn’t read any of his books until now. According to the blurb and the quoted extracts from reviews he is a highly-rated writer of psychological thrillers with complex plots.
Maybe I made an unlucky choice with ‘Obsession’, but I was very disappointed. I wasn’t surprised to find the usual problems of coping with American English, of course. It’s simply a f
Apr 23, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Number 21 in the Alex Delaware series, Obsession was more than competent. It’s so gratifying to have intelligent, interesting, dependable, familiar characters to meet when the mood strikes.

If the plot was a bit convoluted and the surprise ending rather far-fetched, this installment is still a good read that delivers the signature Jonathan Kellerman bonus: a close look at a common mental disorder.
Jackie W.
May 26, 2011 Jackie W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer
I love Jonathan Kellerman...maybe I should say I love Alex Delaware. Who isn't real, but I love all the same.

I always wished for an Alex Delaware movie...Michael Vartan would be perfect.

I read this on the wasn't as nail biting as some of his have been...but I liked it. It kept me going. The last 100 pages of his books are so fun...just can't stop. :)

May 10, 2010 El rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again - a great book.
Linda Harris
Jul 14, 2014 Linda Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not crazy about this one. Boring people chasing their tail trying to figure out even if a crime has been committed. For me it was over before it began!
Sailee Korde
Jan 04, 2017 Sailee Korde rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
after dragging myself through 204 pages (out of 444) I GAVE UP. There are so many other books that need to be read in 1 lifetime.

Too many characters. Easy to loose track of them.

Dead....slow moving....yawwwn.

It's IMPORTANT to describe what those 100s of characters are wearing from head to toe.

Patty died. If Alex finds out if Ms. P had really murdered someone. So what? Press charges against her in the grave?

Badly penned content. (atleast for my taste of readings)

I normally read books to
laurel jones
Jan 28, 2017 laurel jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love Alex Delaware strong read OCD
Cheryl Turley
A most challenging and interesting read.
Dan Quigley
Oct 10, 2014 Dan Quigley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who read the first 20 in the series.
This is my first Kellerman novel and perhaps my last. I can see how Kellerman can be successful. He has appealing characters, offers good psychological insights on their motivations, and is good at plotting.

This book started out in an extremely promising manner. I loved the way Kellerman introduced the character Tanya Bigelow into the story. She is a girl who was abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt. She had issues as she was growing up and thus became Dr. Delaware's patient. Dr. Dela
I'd rate this closer to a 4 star read than a 3, but it's just lacking that extra little something needed. Kellerman isn't a favorite author, but he is one I really enjoy when I'm taking a break from my usual go to favs. I've read a few of the Alex Deleware novels and have always found them to be interesting enough to warrant picking up another one should I stumble upon it.
I always like a little humor in my thrillers and Kellerman delivers in that department. I chuckled a time or three while los
Thom Swennes
Patty and Lydia Bigelow were sisters with an uncommonly tragical youth. Ignored by an intoxicated mother and sexually abused by an alcoholic father, the two sisters grew up and went their separate ways. Lydia had a wild personality with marked nymphomaniac tendencies, while her older sister Patty displayed androgynous and hermaphrodite tendencies. Lydia’s only child, Tanya was abandoned by her mother and eventually adopted by her aunt Patty. This little girl was the one good thing to occur in th ...more


As a long time fan of both Jonathan Kellerman and Alex Delaware, OBSESSION does not disappoint. As I was immersed once again into another case of past meeting present, I was reminded of how much I love these characters!

When Dr. Delaware is contacted by a former patient after her mother dies, a very str
Beth Gibson
This is one of a series featuring Dr. Alex Delaware and his cop friend Milo Sturgis. Alex is asked to help out an old friend. He treated her and her mother some years back. Now on her death bed, Patty warns her daughter about something bad that happened, but she dies before she can be specific about it. Tanya wants Alex to see if he can find out what it was. Was she involved in a murder? Alex has to plow back through the years of their lives and all of the different places they used to live. The ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual from this author, we'll find a murder investigation case tangled with some psychoanalysis of a character that is in fact initiating this investigation.

- interesting plot, evolving, captivating and engaging will keep you on the edge
- characters are funny and with some twists and turns in their own agendas
- humor is often present, so it is quite entertaining
- writing style is very skillful
- some interesting flashbacks of some therapy sessions with one of the characters and interesting
Nov 29, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this installment of Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, a former patient of Alex's, Tanya, returns after her mother has died of cancer and revealed a partial secret. Tanya recruits Alex and Milo's help to uncover the whole secret. This quest leads them into a maze of murder, pornography and drugs. Petra Conner returns for this novel as well.

This is one of my favorite Kellerman novels. I wasn't able to accurately predict the ending, and there seemed to be a little less theorizing and more "dete
Jun 11, 2010 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
My first Kellerman book. Not great, but good enough that I want to read more. I know authors try to create "every-man" protaganists who readers like and can identify with, but sometimes it's taken to such an extreme that the supposed hero comes off as pretty bland. That was my take on Alex Delaware. He just kind of takes things in and is so decent that he really doesn't have much of a personality. Contrast that to Lucas Davenport in John Sandford's books. Or for that matter, Kay Scarpetta in Pat ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"Obsession" by Jonathan Kellerman is the 21t installment in the Alex Delaware series. Tanya Bigelow, in old patient of Delaware's, approaches him to investigate her mother's deathbed confession, telling her that she'd killed a man. Delaware, along with Milo and Petra begin their investigation to determine whether a crime was actually committed; along the way, in typical Kellerman fashion, the bodies add up and the story takes on various twists.

I started this book immediately after finishing The
Nancy Zorn
Aug 10, 2013 Nancy Zorn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
For me, Jonathan Kellerman is like literary fast food. You want something quick and easy to break up the serious reading? Jonathan Kellerman is your man. His Alex Delaware novels are formulaic. No big surprises. The bad guy is pretty obvious from the get-go, and it's just a matter of the characters putting the puzzle together. Not bad, but not a book I want to hang on to.

One pet peeve.... I'm reading and am stopped dead in my tracks by the following sentence on page 218: "At ten after Milo phon
Mar 11, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am always looking for a good Kellerman book. He rarely disappoints and though Robin hasn't shown up in this book yet, I am so glad that they are back together.

This book is about a young woman (20 or so) who's mother just died and confessed to hurting someone on her deathbed. The interesting thing is that the young woman was a patient of Dr. Delaware's when she was younger as we read and work through the mystery of the confession, we also have flashbacks and memories of the previous therapy ses
I actually like the books of Jonathan Kellerman's wife a bit more than his. While they both write detective stories, Mr. Kellerman's writing is more cerebral and lacks the greater warmth and family relationships of his wife's stories. However, I enjoy the psychological insights of the main character Dr. Delaware and the creative scenarios that he and detective Milo Sturgis bat off each other when trying to account for all the clues and possibilities and come up with a plan of action. In this nov ...more
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Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t
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