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Bad Love (Alex Delaware #8)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  8,603 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
It came in a plain brown wrapper, no return address--an audiocassette recording of a horrifying, soul-lacerating scream, followed by the sound of a childlike voice chanting: "Bad love. Bad love. Don't give me the bad love... ". For Alex Delaware the tape is the first intimation that he is about to enter a living nightmare. Others soon follow: disquieting laughter echoing o ...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Nancy
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another case of a multi-layered conspiracy for the powerful to take advantage of youth, in which Alex and Milo discover and bring to justice. Unfortunately, not before Alex and Robin's house is burnt down in retaliation. At least they find a dog that they adopt at their temporary home. So my question is- why does the doctor continue to see patients in his home? Because of his involvement in sensitive cases, often with fragile or temperamental people, I would think he should rent an office for he ...more
Gwen
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
My feelings are mixed about this one. I liked the introduction and characterization of the French bull dog, Spike. Kellerman is either a true dog person, or his research was thorough. Spike’s actions at the end were implausible, probably physically impossible, but the reader doesn’t mind. It would be nice if a dog of that size and build could have done what he did, so suspension of disbelief is set aside in favor of willing the dog success.

I liked the descriptions of the tape. They lend tension
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J
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I NEITHER HIDE, NOR FEED, MY REVIEWS. THEY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

This is my second Kellerman novel. I' m really liking his work!

I love the device of seeing criminal investigation through the eyes of a child psychologist, Alex Delaware. All the criminal forensics are there, but the crimes at times are secondary to Delaware's puzzling through the relationships and motivations from which the crimes arise.

It's nice that Delaware is well-adjusted -- handsome and educated, but with a reasonable ego as
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Kathleen Hagen
In this one, Alex Delaware receives a tape in the mail with a horrific scream on it, and then a child’s robotic voice repeating: “bad love, bad love, don’t give me that bad love.” Alex is horrified by the tape which comes in a plain envelope with no identifying names, addresses or even fingerprints, but he then remembers that back in 1979 he was involved in a conference which he co-chaired, unwillingly, including in its title, the words “bad love”. It involved the theories of a particular psycho ...more
Chris
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was totally awesome! I'd have given it five stars except for one plot device that ultimately was all wrong - the tape of screaming that Delaware is sent at the beginning of the book. As the plot knits together chapter by chapter - did I mention how awesome this story is? - I realized by the very exciting, adrenalin drenched, action ending that this beginning is the single wrong note for how this murderer would have begun his contact with the good doctor. However, I think most readers w ...more
Ann Jenelle Rotol
I never really am a fan of mystery/thriller novels. But this book, Bad Love is an exception. Because if you add - even a bit - of psychology in it, then, I will love it! LOL. And I must say, that the psychological aspect here is surprisingly great. Though, don't get me wrong. Even those people who don't have a background in psychology will not be at lost. Some of the terms are layman's. And psychology isn't really the focus here, so... XD

Anyhow, this is a great read for the mind. Like all myste
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Kristen
Oct 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, serial-mystery, 3-09, 2013
If you love the earlier classic Alex Delaware novels, this one is another good mystery from Jonathan Kellerman. It started with a child's voice on a tape, mentioning about "bad love." That sends Alex on a journey all over California, searching for answers, while he works on another deposition for another case, when it gets heated up. We watch when Alex discovers the connection between the symposium and the murders that happened over the years. And then he realized his life is endangered as the l ...more
Eyna
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the reason I hang around our college library during free time.
Since hardcover books can't be brought home, I remember always hiding
this book in an open-shelves area that's not frequently visited by students,
so no one gets hold of it while I'm still reading ^_^

One of the best psychological suspense books I've read with intricately woven plots.

I feel some bad love for licorice sticks.
Kay
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This one will keep you on edge. A madman has Alex in his sights, forcing Alex and Robin to move from their home. As Alex and Milo get closer to the killer they discover a series of murders that span years. This killer has been patient in his revenge, but he's excalating and now Alex fears for Robin's safety and his own life. Great read! Loveable Spike enters Alex and Robin's life, and this is the book where their home is burnt to the ground.
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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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