This book was an interesting experience. I am accustomed to the Alex Delaware series, which I do not adore, but find to be interesting enough to read at about one a year. This is a bit different, but you can certainly tell it's still Jonathan Kellerman at the helm.
Here we have a hospital staff psychologist, Jeremy Carrier, somewhat of a loner, whose hot girlfriend nurse is killed. Of course, suspicion falls on Dr. Carrier, and a big clod of a police detective makes no bones about his suspicions.
Then, slowly, carefully, things begin to happen. Jeremy is befriended for no apparent reason by an elderly retired pathologist who still works part-time. Anonymous medical journal articles and old news clippings start appearing in his interoffice mail. He's invited to a sedately bizarre dinner with a small club of elderly, highly intelligent, very successful retirees. Never do we know why this is happening or even exactly what is happening.
It's all very mysterious--as befits a mystery, eh?
Other reviewers mostly used the word "slow" to describe the plot. A few perhaps pace-sensing-challenged reviewers said it went really fast. Fast like a lightning-fast turtle, maybe; not much faster. (It's a testament to Kellerman's talent that he can make a turtle's pace seem fast to some.)
Stick with it. All will be revealed. Well, almost all. I never did really understand why the person who was behind all the anonymous tips felt it necessary to slowly lead Dr. Carrier to the solution of the mystery rather than just calling the police and telling them. While the good-guy mastermind was messing with Dr. Carrier's mind, a couple of extra people were killed by the bad guy, which seemed to go unnoticed in the explanations at the end.
Anyway, if you're a Kellerman junkie, read this, but know going in that it will be different, it will be slow, and it will be a bit frustrating and puzzling. But it will be rewarding.
Great book! This is a psychological thriller. Kept me reading until it was finished!
I just could not put this down. I loved it! Great characters!!!
A clever and intricate psychological thriller. A good read.
Not Alex Delaware but a good story with many twists.
A good read. Typical Kellerman but not as engaging as the Alex Delaware series.
This was a good suspenseful book.
In this Kellerman novvel, a new hero will hold you spellbound. A young psychologist, unschooled in violent crime and evil in thrust into a chilling hunt for a 21st centuy Jack the Ripper.
Loved it. I do love, so far everything that I have read by Kellerman. This book was a little disconcerting, because I chose it before I noticed it wasn't a Delaware. After I got past that, it proved to be another excellent book, by one of my favorite authors. The plot was good and twisty, while leaving clues that could have been figured out, although I didn't. It cast suspicion all around, which I always find enjoyable, and the hero was mostly believable.
It took me well over half the book to get into the plot. It was almost boring. The clues came so slowly. It was never explained how the "club" knew who the killer was which kind of left me in the air and why was Jeremy picked..because of the death of his girlfried? This is the first book by Kellerman that I have read and I was not that impressed.
Alex Delaware series. These are really good mysteries.
This is a Book of the Month Club edition of the best seller. The difference is that it is smaller in size than the origignal hardcover. The contents are the same.