The bare bones of the plot are too febrile for the type of venture that Jonathan Kellerman wants. The book is like Rudyard Kipling's Quiquern. It's a book about storytelling, not about a story.
The treatment is out of the top drawer. Sometimes the author keeps on writing a scene in its details, somet ...more
Well, it was boring :(
I guess, when I pick up a mystery / thriller book, I always need a dead body, a case to solve. The dead bodies (as men ...more
Picky readers probably rate this lower
published over thirty years ago the author of what California was like in the mid-eighties when the state wasn't politically lopsided and the economy wasn't in the red.
Good story with insightful look at medicine, psychology, and crime. a term to understand before you read: "misattributed paternity"
The only thing that is a minus for me is how Delaware and his mate talk to each other.
A great fast-paced read from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns and drama around every one of them. I'm loving every word of these books. What else would one expect from Jonathan Kellerm
Playing checkers with Woody had Alex realizing he was a sweet, innocent child, one who had a good chance of surviving with the ...more
This is a much smoother story — with the perspective from Alex's first person protagonist point-of-view. And by smoother, I mean that Alex's life has so few bumps. Sure, someone is trying to kill him…mmm, I do sound jaded, don't I? The story's primary focus is on the Blood Test-specific characters while feeding us dribs and drabs on other core cha ...more
I really like Kellerman. There was one instance in the book that Alex had the flu, and his great description had me feeling like I had the same thing Alex did (in my head). His descriptions of location ...more
I did not enjoy the scenes designed to horrify or titillate. I thought they coul ...more
This definitely had a rather twisted storyline. It's funny, going back and reading these books from the beginning of the series as it gives me such a different perspective on Alex. I came into the series ...more
BLOOD TEST, the name got my attention. I LOVE DELAWARE/ STURGIS.
IT'S TERRIBLE WHEN A BABY IS MISSING AND TERRIBLY SICK, 5YEAR OLD WOODY SWOPE WAS BEING TREATED IN A HOSPITAL AND WENT MISSING. EACH DAY THAT PASSES HIS CANCER GETS WORSE.
THE WAY EACH CHARACTERS WAS INTRODUCED, THEN IN THE BOOK LEARNING ABOUT THEM, THE POSSIBILITY OF WHO TOOK HIM AND WHY WAS ENDLESS ...more
I spent most of this book waiting for that proverbial other shoe. Kellerman, in my mind, has always been one of those Andrew Vachss-style one-trick ponies who blames all of the world's problems on one narrow, and possibly specious, band of the psychotherapeutic spectrum. I hasten to add that I based that opinion on reviews and a cursory reading of Kellerman's first Alex Delaware novel, When the Bough Breaks, a few years back (I read it in tandem with o ...more
This is my first Delaware read. I loved the book. Fast-paced, suspenseful and intriguing, I couldn't put it down. My put off, however was the over description - sometimes a page is dedicated to character description. Also I didn't like Alex's over inv ...more
Two plus points (besides the fact I kind of liked the plot of this better than the first book) - more Milo and less Robin. Unfortunately ...more
Rape, abuse, murder, intrigue, mystery, cultism and odd characters are ...more
Overall nicely constructed, in a very traditional way, but I felt it lost rythm and grip too often.
Delaware doesn't feel very human, in this book. In some scenes, he is all buddy buddy and sensitive and heroicly altruistic. In other scenes, he is cold, super-hero like, to the point of being impossible ...more
Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t ...more