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Warning Signs (Alan Gregory #10)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,787 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
What happens when a psychologist enters the darkness of the criminal mind?
When a tormented killer takes revenge on an unsuspecting city?
When the warning signs come too late?

These are the provocative issues at the heart of Warning Signs, Stephen White’s explosive new novel of psychological suspense. White’s crackling novels have earned widespread acclaim as “superior psycho
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Delacorte Press
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Aug 31, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read for me, but it still brought home to me how much I am going to miss this series. Stephen White's writing is so good for pulling the reader into the story immediately, for building the suspense, and for excellent character development. I feel like I know these people, and hate to see my glimpses into their lives come to an end! I guess that is when you know you are reading excellent fiction, when the characters seem so real, and definitely people you know well and care about.
Nov 14, 2011 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I picked this book up for free at a trade show several years ago and put on my shelf to never think about it again. Years later a good friend gave me some books and there was another Stephen White book in the mix and so I decided to finally read this one and you know what...I liked it. I am already in my second White book and so far I like it as well.
Carol Hunter
Dec 11, 2007 Carol Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love every book that I've read by Stephen White. The combination of psychology, mystery and the location set in Boulder/Denver is a winner with me. He is my favorite mystery writer.
Jeannine Eilers
Jul 13, 2014 Jeannine Eilers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a definite page turner and one that will keep you reading until the very end. There is quite a few twists and turns in the plot. This is a must read thriller!!! (I read it in a couple hours straight thru)

What happens when a psychologist enters the darkness of the criminal mind? When a tormented killer takes revenge on an unsuspecting city? When the warning signs come too late?
The grisly slaying shatters the quiet of a residential neighborhood in the foothills of the Rockies. The battere
Aug 15, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Apr 05, 2014 Skyqueen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He depicted the Stockholm Syndrome perfectly! Even I was rooting (justifying) for the bad guy! But what I really like is how Stephen White uncovers the hidden, subconscious motivations, sometimes not so unintentional though, of people's actions. I always say, "it's not what you do but WHY" that is the heart of it. Example: You could give me a Million Dollars, but look at all the reasons why! Psychology is my hobby. Because I want to understand. Stephan weaves those mysteries equally well with th ...more
Simone Sinna
Oct 19, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this one follows The Program, and Alan has a six month old baby. Just in case you want to do a better job than I did of working out what order to read them in!
This one has us pulled in by an unlikeable patient who we can still identify with—is her son planning the next Columbine or equivalent? Because the kid’s beef is with lawyers, Lauren may be a target, and Gregory’s usual infallible sense of judgement goes a bit haywire (put in down to male postnatal depression or at least postnatal pro
Jan 25, 2016 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning Signs is another book in the series about Alan Gregory, phyciatrist fron Bolder Colorado. This is the 10th book and it finds Alan dealing with a new patient who believes her son is about to commit a crime similiar to the Colombine shootings only using bombs. Alan has to work with his feelings about this new person. Is she telling the truth, is she a nut case and should he disregard patient confidentiality and go the police. This book is full of twists and turns and I really like Steven W ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story, and what surprises me is that, aside from a couple of stories, Stephen White is able to invent very different plots involving Alan which keep the series interesting as there is very little repetition.

It lost out on a five-star rating as a) a small oversight regarding the background (Grace was born 1 month premature and now she's 6 months old = 14 months ago Lauren became pregnant, not 15) and b) I got frustrated that they didn't just use cellular triangulation to locate Lu
Laurel Schilling
Apr 30, 2014 Laurel Schilling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Stephen White and usually find his books hard to put down. Although very well written (as usual), this book did drag a bit, only because the in-depth psychological analysis of Lucy is somewhat confusing and deep. The beginning of the book is gripping as Alan works with a new patient, Naomi, a fascinating character, but slows down towards the middle. Sam is rather a minor character in the story, and the book might have been more interesting if he had a greater role. The quality ...more
Deirdre O'Flynn
Nov 06, 2012 Deirdre O'Flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Stephen White novel and the use of a clinical psychologist made me wonder at possible similarities to Johathan Kellerman. But, the book and central character – Alan Gregory – hold up pretty well.

It’s a mildly complicated plot – with two cops, two lawyers (including Alan’s wife, Lauren), one client and her children, the dead guy, the dead guy’s wife, the bad guy, and the neighbour all thrown in for good measure. The characters are reasonably substantial, though a little editing
Mar 09, 2015 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was glad that I had gotten this sequel, starring Dr. Alan Gregory and his wife Lauren, who is once again being plagued by symptoms of MS. They have a baby daughter Grace. We have several persons who are interested in blowing up various people they think have wronged them. At one point, I thought--oh, no--they are going to target Lauren and Alan will be left to care for Grace by himself. Does this happen? Read the book and find out!
Aug 30, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the warning signs come too late...

The brutal slaying of Boulder’s controversial D.A. strikes deep in the heart of everything clinical psychologist Alan Gregory holds dear: After all, Alan’s wife, Lauren, worked for the dead man.

When a new patient walks into Alan’s office—a terrified mother with an explosive secret—he finds himself edging even closer to the darkness. Soon her privileged exchanges convince Alan that a crime is about to be committed. And when he uncovers a shocking link t
Becky Schulman
Jul 14, 2014 Becky Schulman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Psychologist Alan Gregory is faced with an ethical dilemma when he is made aware of a vengeful plot being hatched by teenagers against members of the judicial system. The mother of one of the teenagers brings her fears to Alan in a therapy session and he struggles with how to prevent the deaths of innocent people while not violating the doctor-patient confidentiality code.
At the start of this book i didn't really know what to expect but then I started reading and it got really interesting the book started out with a murder. Later on in the book The district attorney was murdered, in his own home. Someone used some type of weird weapon to smash his skull in. His partner Sam Purdy wanted the best lawyer to defend him on this case. Now that the team is all on board with his case then Lucy gets arrested! This blows the whole plan, now what are they going to do? The s ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
White is now at the top of his game. He is writing edgy thrillers with a protagonist who is often caught between ethical dilemmas. As a therapist, patient confidentiality is critical. But when his family's safety is concerned, he doesn't always have the best judgement. As I said in an earlier review, what makes Alan realistic is that he is clearly human. Sam Purdy's partner is under suspicion in the murder of the County DA. Meanwhile, Alan has a new patient who seems to imply that that murder ma ...more
May 04, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out being one of the best Stephen White books--interesting plot, character connections, suspense, twists. Plus the usual zippy, inside-Alan's-head writing.

About 85% of the way through the book, White succumbs to Detective Writer Syndrome, however. Events go way over the top, in terms of believability. And then--and this is uncharacteristic for Stephen White--plot threads get dropped (or killed off). Red herrings (a car in the shop) aren't resolved. And the end of the last chapter is
I love jonathan kellerman's alex delaware novels, and warning signs is book # 10 in a series that reminds me of that. no, i have not read the previous nine books, though i think i read one somewhere, sometime, but i can't remember what. Here we have a main character who is a psychologist and he has a homicide detective friend, and they solve a mystery. only, in this one, the main character is still a practicing psychologist and i've always thought that alex was a bit @ssholey, while I pretty muc ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 07, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book; it combines classic police procedural with science, insanity, mystery and suspense. It was excellently-written with a complex, detailed plot... I think the characters could've been more original, but maybe that's just me.
Dec 21, 2012 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love going back and reading favorite authors I haven't read in awhile. Stephen White is one!! His mysteries are page-turners; characters like old friends (Dr. Alan Gregory, Detective Sam Purdy, Lauren his wife, Adrienne the urologist, etc)you want to hear about what's been going on for them since the last adventure; the psychology intriguing and interesting; and the references to Denver and Boulder place us Coloradoans right in the middle of the action. This book is another great, fast, entert ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I'd read this book. However, afer listening to ir on CD for a little while, I realized I had listened to it several years ago. I couldn't remember how it eneded, so I listened to it again. Well worth it!! I have always enjoyed this series by Stephen White. I like the characters and his fast paced writing style. Plus, the books are based in Boulder, CO and the scene descrptions can be pretty awesome too.
If you haven't read anything by Stephen White I'd recommend checking out this
Dec 31, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Alan Gregory series about a Boulder, CO clinical psychologist who manages to find out information about events criminous and ethically unable to divulge the information to the police, winds up having to solve the crime.

#10 Alan Gregory series - Lauren's boss, DA Royal Peterson, is beaten to death and detective Lucy Tanner is suspected. Alan's latest patient, Naomi Biggs, suspects that her son may be planning some sort of retribution; are the two cases connected? Alan finds himself thr
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A woman was brutally attacked! The attacker received so little jail time that her father decided to conduct his own form of justice and the father receives more time in prison then the criminal! Another innocent person dies and her son, who is fed up with the justice system, decides to take matters into his own hands. He believes that his mother would not have been murdered had the murderer stayed in prison. Shortly thereafter, the DA, lawyers and members of lawyers’ families are being murdered ...more
Sep 24, 2009 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I'm originally from Boulder and I appreciated the local flavor this author infused in his murder mystery. It was fun seeing all the places from my youth as interpreted in a book. That was the most unique thing in the book for me, otherwise it is a straightforward better-than-average thriller...a perfect beach or plane read. It's definitely a page turner and had some surprising twists I did not see coming. Builds a nice web of stories and had enough going on that the ending wasn't obvious.

Was it
Ronald Wilcox
Apr 10, 2016 Ronald Wilcox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenth book in a series, first I have read by this author. Dr Alan Gregory is a psychologist living in Boulder, CO, who has been involved in many previous investigations (evidently). When the DA is found with his head bashed in and the prime suspect is the police partner of Alan's detective friend Sam Purdy, Gregory is pulled in to the case when a new patient of his hints that her son may be responsible. Nicely engaging novel. Reminiscent of The Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman. Will de ...more
Good plot, some snappy funny dialogue that was refreshing
enjoy this series about a psychologist who pals around with a Boulder detective.
Rather a surprising ending.
Jan 31, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot that I enjoy his books since this has been sitting on the shelf for years. Must read more. Got a little preachy at the end.
Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I've read all year. I was captured totally by page 2 and hated to see it end. It's my first Stephen White and what a thrill to discover how many other books he's already published. I can't wait to read them all. In Warning Signs, the Boulder, CO District Attorney is found brutally murdered. Clinical psychologist, Alan Gregory is drawn in on many fronts - his wife is on leave from the DA's office and his best friend's police partner is picked up as a suspect. This is a great ...more
Holger  C Andersen
Mar 12, 2012 Holger C Andersen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After 114 pages I had to realize, I was not trapped by this novel.
I did not know the characters and I was not sure what it was all about.

There are too many confusing details. Among other things we hear about a meal:
"I swiped two huge handfuls af spinach that I wilted in a couple of teaspoons of the marinade while shrimp and vegetable sizzled on the grill."
Its it a cooking book or a crime story?
I dont need descriptions like that

Its quite possible its all my fault, but since there are so many book
Sep 17, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have never read Stephen White before but really enjoyed this mystery/suspense set in Boulder/Denver Colorado (especially fun since I spent so many years in Denver). The protagonist is a psychologist (Dr. Alan Gregory) who becomes locked in an ethical dilemma and a desperate manhunt for a killer.( Gregory is apparently the protagonist of several White books). Interesting asides related to both Columbine and the Jon Benet Ramsey case, both of which took place in the Denver/Boulder area.

I'll seek o
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Stephen White is the author of the New York Times bestselling Alan Gregory novels. In his books, he draws upon over fifteen years of clinical practice as a psychologist to create intriguing plots and complex, believable characters.

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Alan Gregory (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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  • Private Practices (Alan Gregory, #2)
  • Higher Authority (Alan Gregory, #3)
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