Book Reviews of Bad Love (Alex Delaware, Bk 8)

Bad Love (Alex Delaware, Bk 8)
Bad Love - Alex Delaware, Bk 8
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
ISBN-13: 9780553568707
ISBN-10: 0553568701
Publication Date: 11/1/1994
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 176 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Bad Love (Alex Delaware, Bk 8) on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Excellent book. A real page turner. It leaves you guessing up to the very end.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am not a real big Kellerman fan, however, in this book he keeps you
interested and trying to fit the clues together before the ending
of the book. worth the read. Earl H. Meldrim, Ga.
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Helpful Score: 2
From 1994, this is a pivotal Alex Delaware adventure. The villian is nasty, and isn't revealed until it's almost too late. Alex's original abode burns (leading to later reconstruction), and Robin adopts her familiar (to readers of more recent entries) pooch. Det. Milo Sturgis stars, without personal issues in this one. All in all, a good solid read that fills in some blanks for those of us who started this series at the wrong end! Four Stars.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was attracted by the title and by the jacket description. "For Alex Delaware, the tape is the first intimation that he is about to enter a living nightmare. Others soon foolow: disquieting laughter echoing over a phone line that suddenly goes dead, a chilling act of trespass and vandalism. He has become the target of a carefully orchestrated campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapidly building to a crescendo as harassment turns to terror, mischief to madness." Wow, sounds like a great read!

It is...if you're into mystery thrillers. I thought it was just okay.

The story opens with Dr. Alex Delaware becoming involved in a complicated visitation case. He is a child psychologist and a consultant to the LAPD. In the beginning of the book, he receives a frightening tape: someone is screaming and then a child's emotionless voice recites: "bad love" over and over. I was hooked for maybe 2/3 of the book but then certain things didn't add up. When they don't add up and when they don't seem real, I become annoyed with the story. I felt Dr. Delaware was too intrusive into people's lives and toward the end he was downright whiny.

There was one teeny little clue as to the perpertrator. It didn't "feel" right to me. Maybe it's the mystery thriller genre thing...

Hopefully the next Dr. Delaware book I read won't leave me feeling as let down
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Helpful Score: 2
what a surprise ending this one has!
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Helpful Score: 1
Spine-chilling screams, followed by a childlike chant that includes the words "bad love, bad love," appear on a tape sent anonymously to Alex Delaware, the financially independent, Los Angeles-based child psychologist and amateur sleuth who has starred in seven previous Kellerman novels, beginning with When the Bough Breaks ( LJ 3/1/85). Delaware's pal, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, recalls that recently a man shouted "bad love" after killing his therapist in a clinic. After some research, the psychologist remembers that he was coerced into serving as cochair of a less-than-successful 1979 conference honoring analyst Andres de Bosch, who espoused a theory of maternal good love/bad love. Starting from these seemingly unrelated past events, the two men pursue one tenuous lead after another to a surprising conclusion. The prolific best-selling author keeps the reader involved through some rather fantastic plot turns.
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Helpful Score: 1
You know, I wasn't wild about this one. I like the Delaware series, but this book requires some fairly heavy-duty suspension of disbelief.
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Helpful Score: 1
Alex Delaware, a child psychologist who does consulting for the police ends up playing detective with his buddie, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. They uncover a series of violent deaths and try to decipher the twisted logic of the killers mind games. The plot is complex and there are many genuine surprises. You won't want to turn out the lights at night! A guaranteed page-turner!
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Helpful Score: 1
i honestly couldn't put this down. it has a great pace and the story unfolds beautifully. every page is another piece of the puzzle and i barely had an inkling of how it would all pan out by the time i got to the resolution.
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Helpful Score: 1
1 of many Jonathan Kellerman books in a series about psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis. These books are all great.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not my favorite of the Alex Delaware series, but still a good book with a lot of important characters and life changing events in Alex's life.
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Helpful Score: 1
Will have you looking over your shoulder before you turn out the light.
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Helpful Score: 1
An intellingent psychological thriller about a child psychologist & his homicide detective friend pursuit of a twisted child abuser before he makes good on his threats.
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One of his better books. Had some truly frightening moments in it.
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Someone is killing psychiatrists. When Alex Delaware receives a tape with screams and the chant "Bad Love, he realizes he has been targeted as well. With the help of Milo Sturgis, they trace down the mystery before Alex becomes the next victim. I like Kellerman's characters of Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis and always enjoy reading anything from the series. This particular book relates the story of how Alex's french bulldow, Spike, comes into his life.
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I enjoyed the story and characters. Alex Delaware is given a little too much free rein and the crimes were too well planned, considering the circumstances, to be believable, but it was still a fun read.
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This was a great read.
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good book
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All Kellermans books are good
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Yikes scary book.
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Alex Delaware series. These are really good mysteries.
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Kellerman at his best.
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Another great Alex Delaware novel.
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Neat little story - good to curl up with on a cold wintry day.
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How many of you out there reading this are fans of Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis - c'mon, let's see some hands! It goes without saying, I am! I realize that some of you, don't know Alex and Milo from Milo and Stitch, but I think this book will draw you into the adventure/mystery zone so that you will want to seek out and GET other Jonathan Kellerman books!

This particular novel starts out innocently enough - the postman delivers a package to Alex, who, like many of us in PBS thinks is a textbook that he forgot ordering (sound familiar?), anyway he opens the package to find not a book, but an audio cassette. Playing the cassette, he hears screaming and an emotionless voice of a child chanting "Bad Love, Bad Love, don't give me the Bad Love". Pretty creepy huh? Alex shrugs it off as a prank, and so does Milo, but when the "pranks" turn violent, the dynamic duo must figure out who is behind it, before they (whoever they are) decide to finish the game - permanently! You're off an another mystery!!!!

As in most Jonathan Kellerman books, he does an excellent job of presenting a rich cast of characters, intelligent, believable story lines, and just the proper mix of suspence, drama, and comedic relief.
All designed to keep you wanting more - more!

This particular book/audio is an excellent study of the psychology of the psychotic (did that make sense?) You'll find yourself straining at-the-bit to find out who is committing all the murders, and more importantly, WHY! It's like Kellerman includes you in the quest!

If you're familiar with Kellerman's writings, you know that he gives detailed descriptions of his characters and their locations. Well, to be honest with you, I think he went a little overboard this time - I mean he describes EVERYTHING, to an exacting detail. If I see a Hot Dog, I know it's a hot dog, I don't really have to know everything thats in it!!!! I wouldn't feel right putting mustard and relish on a "tubular processed meat by-product", would you?

One NEW thing has crept into the Delaware series - a cute little stray dog - Spike !!!!

If you've read Kellerman before, you know what you're getting here - if you haven't, you might be opening up the door to a whole new world of adventures - Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis - the modern day Holmes/Watson!

I think you'll like it!

Enjoy!
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This novel by Kellerman has many twists, turns and misdirections. A great novel!
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It was an easy read and was suspensful
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The EIGHTH book in the series featuing child psychologist Alex Delaware.
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Very good
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I have read 8 of his books so far and this one was a disappointment. Too mnay twist and turns, too many people to remember in the book. Although you may not like the book, you have to read it so you will be up to date on the backstory about his relationship with Robin.

I still love him and I am starting book # 9 now.
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One of his best. I love this writer and this didn't disappoint.
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I am a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman books. This one was no exception.
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One of his weakest efforts. The plot was contrived (in the bad sense) and it was hard to care about solving the mystery at hand, which mostly took place way back in the past.
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This is an excellent book. One of the best Ive read
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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 over a phone line that suddenly goes dead, a chilling act of trespass and vandalism. He has become the target of a carefully orchestated campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapidly building to a crescendo as harrassment turns to terror, mischief to madness.

With the help of his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, Alex uncovers a series of violent deaths that may follow a diabolical pattern. And if he fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, Alex will be the next to die. Taut, penetrating, terrifying Bad Love is vintage Kellerman.
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This is classic Kellerman, guaranteed to keep you up at night, so start reading early in the day. Alex Delaware is about to enter a living nightmare. He has become the target of a carefully orchestratd campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapidly building to a crescendo as harassment turns to terror, mischief to madness. With the help of his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, Alex umcovers a series of violent deaths that may follow a diabolical pattern. And if he fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, Alex will be th enext to die.
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Scary Kellerman
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A 1994 and the ninth of many Alex Delaware mysteries by Kellerman. I read this book a couple years ago, during my Jonathan Kellerman phase, I forgot most of it.
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Longer version probably better
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Good book, easy reading. Keeps your attention!
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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 live. Bac LOve",.....
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For Alex Delaware the tape is the first intimation tha the is about to enter a living nightmare. Others soon follow: disquieting laughter echoing over a phone line that suddenly goes dead, a chilling acto f trespass and vandalism. He has become the target of a carefully orchestraded campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapiduly building to a crescendo as harassment turns to terror, mischief to madness.
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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 over a phone line that suddenly goes dead, a chilling act of trespass and vandalism. He has become the target of a carefully orchestrated campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapidly building to a crescendo as harassment turns to terror, mischief to madness. With the help of his friend LAPD detective Mil Sturgis, Alex uncovers a series of violent deaths that may follow a diabolical pattern. And if he fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, Alex will be the next to die.
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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.
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