Another Alex Delaware mystery. Alex takes on a private client-Lucy Lowell-referred to him by Milo Sturgis. Lusy was a juror in a trial of a serial killer. She is suffering from nightmares. The dream is taking over her life. Really great.
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It's a good bet that all of us would like to have Alex Delaware as our shrink. He's kind, compassionate, and gentle, yet firm when that's what's needed. He's ethical and principled, and he lives a nice, normal life with a nice, normal wife and a nice, normal dog. And nice, normal Dr. Delaware is exactly what Lucy Lowell needs. Delaware's friend, Detective Milo Sturgis, has referred Lucy for counseling after her experience as a juror in the trial of a serial killer leaves her with terrifying nightmares night after night. At first, Alex figures Lucy is just stressed out, but the more he hears, the more he wonders if her frightening dreams are rooted in reality. Ever the full-service psychologist, Delaware delves into Lucy's background to find clues about what's causing the nightmares. What he discovers is that Lucy was the victim of a bizarre childhood: a father who was into poetry, hippies, drugs, and love fests; a mother who died when Lucy was a baby; and a brother who's become a drug addict. A series of puzzling coincidences connected to Lucy's past leads Alex to a hippie commune in the California foothills where plenty of nasty secrets are buried.
A really intelligent psychological thriller about a child psychologist's efforts to help a young women recall a terrible suppressed event in her past that suddenly began to haunt her dreams after serving as a juror on a trial of a gruesome serial killer.
A juror at the agonizing trial of a serial killer,Lucy Lowell survived only to be tormented by a recurring nightmare;a young child in the forest at night,watching a strange and furtive act. Is this just a nightmare, or could it be a repressed childhood memory of something very,very real. Something like murder!
Dr.Alex Delaware doesn't see many private patients anymore,but the young woman called Lucy is an exception...So is her dream...
Lucy Lowell is referred to Alec by Los Angeles police detective Milo Sturgis. A juror at the agonizing trail of a serial killer. Lucy survived that trauma only to be tormented by a recurring nightmare: A young child in the forest at night ,watching a stranger and furtive act.
Now Lucy's dream is starting to disrupt her waking life,and Alex is concerned. The Power of the dream,its grip on Lucy's emotions,suggests to him that it may be more than a nightmare. It may be the repressed childhood memory of something very real.Something like murder.....
Dr. Alex Delaware dosen't see many private patients anymore, but the young woman called Lucy is an exception. So is her dream. A juror at the agoizing trial of a serial killer, Lucy Lowell survived the trauma only to be tormented by a recurring nightmare: a young child in the forest at night, watching a strange and furtive act.
Well if you are a Jonathan Kellerman fan I would advise you to skip this book! I had read all of his books feverishly up till this one. This book has traveled with me for 17 years during a marriage, a divorce, 3 jobs, lots of trips, finishing numerous other books, finding other authors I enjoyed, and bottom line took up a huge part of my life. Did you ever have one of those books that stalled you, one that stalemated in your life, and set on your nightstand for years? Well this was the one for me, kind of sad as all the previous books by Kellerman leading up to this one I really enjoyed and read quickly. After re-starting Self-Defense about a month ago, once again for what seemed like the millionth time (maybe it was). I eventually endured and got to the end, I am finally glad to end my own chapter in my life of reading. The ending of this book was actually satisfying (maybe just because I finished it), it just took so long to get there with a lot of filler in between, and a whole lot of stopping, re-starting, and clawing to get to the end. The story is about a daughter haunted by glimpses of her past, tragic nightmares of a possible murder, trying to sort what is real and not in her mind and life. Lucy turns to Alex Delaware to help her sort it all out. The story stalls and I kept finding myself dis-interested along the way until the very last few chapters, finally it all came together. Funny thing along the way I have found other authors that knocked Jonathan Kellerman from the top spot of my favorite authors, with many others coming along, and taking up spots on my bookshelf. That said I have still purchased most of his books along the way, guess it's time to find out if his next in the Alex Delaware series takes another 17 years to finish. Funny thing is I finish most books in about 2-4 weeks, reading about 15-25 a year-this one being the exception.