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Obsession: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Victims.

With scores of millions of books in print, translation into two dozen languages, and one of the most popular heroes in contemporary fiction to his name, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman is the unequivocal “master of the psychological thriller” (People). In his newest novel Kellerman delivers a tour de force–poignant, dark, and chilling–that illuminates a shadowy world where impulse rules.

Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at nineteen, she still seems older than her years– but her problems go beyond hyper-maturity. Patty Bigelow, Tanya’s aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware’s help. The doctor recalls Patty as a selfless E.R. nurse struggling to raise a child on her own–a woman seemingly incapable of the “terrible thing” she has admitted. But for Tanya’s peace of mind, Delaware agrees to investigate, and he enlists LAPD detective Milo Sturgis in the search for the phantom victim of a crime that may never have occurred.

Armed with only the vaguest details, psychologist and cop follow a trail twisting from L.A.’s sleaziest low-rent districts to its overblown mansions, retracing Patty and Tanya’s nomadic and increasingly puzzling life to the doorsteps of a sullen heroin addict; a randy real-estate broker; and a brilliant, enigmatic physics student. Suddenly a very real murder tears open a terrifying tunnel into the past, where secrets–and bodies–are buried. As the tension mounts, Delaware and Sturgis uncover a tangled history of desperation, vengeance, and death–a legacy of evil that refuses to die.

Dramatic, action-packed, and filled with the psychological detail that only Jonathan Kellerman can provide, Obsession is a whodunit, a whydunit– and something unique: a did-it-even-happen? This is Kellerman at his heart-racing best.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The 21st Alex Delaware novel (after 2006's Gone) from bestseller Kellerman contains fewer twists than usual for this contemporary thriller series. Once again, Delaware, an accomplished psychologist, teams with his friend Milo Sturgis, an LAPD detective, to probe a mystery, though this time there's considerable doubt as to the nature of the puzzle. Teenager Tanya Bigelow, whom Delaware treated as a child for obsessive-compulsive disorder, consults him because her aunt Patty, who raised her, conveyed a cryptic message just before she died, apparently confessing to a crime. Shortly after Delaware and Sturgis start investigating, one of Patty's former neighbors turns up dead, the first in a series of corpses that appear, possibly as a result of the duo's turning over old rocks. Since the identity of the killer is revealed relatively early on, the final sections are short on suspense. (Mar. 27)
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From Booklist

Mega-best-selling Kellerman delivers another psychological suspense tale starring shrink hero Alex Delaware. While the Delaware novels are wildly popular, this one, at least, gets by only on plot. The characters are sketchily drawn, except for Delaware's new dog, who receives far more intensive (and ridiculous) development than any human in the book. Kellerman also takes the shortcut of having his characters deliver plot details and provide background motivations in artificial dialogue that should have been left to an omniscient narrator. But Kellerman does have a strong plot going for him (once we've waded through excessive descriptions of meals and interiors). The story centers on a young woman, whom Delaware treated as a child and who returns to tell the psychologist of the deathbed confession of her aunt and adopted mother--a woman whom Alex remembers as a heroically capable mother and nurse. The recently deceased woman allegedly told her niece that she had killed someone. The crux of the mystery is whether there was a murder at all, or whether it was the medication talking, or guilt over a patient's death. Delaware and his sidekick, detective pal Milo Sturgis, follow the tangled trail to a surprising conclusion. Good story unfairly weighed down by bad dialogue and stick characterizations. Kellerman's enormous fan base, however, will overlook the novel's flaws the way we excuse our loved ones' weaknesses. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345503759
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading for fans of Alex, Milo and Company April 10, 2007
I've read every Alex Delaware novel Jonathan Kellerman has published and enjoy them for his great Southern California characters as well as the well realized LA settings. Lately I've noticed the books kind of start to fall apart and strain plausibility toward the conclusion. OBSESSION starts to fall apart quite early in the book and as others have said it is hard to suspend disbelief that the LA Police Department would take such an interest in what a respectable dying woman "confesses" with so little detail. And again like another reviewer I find Robin totally annoying and if I was writing the series would have never let Alex take her back.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm disappointed in this one June 21, 2007
I've been an avid reader of Kellerman and have always loved the stories with Alex and Milo. I couldn't wait to read this one. But I was bored, couldn't follow all the story lines, confused some of the characters, and to me the most telling thing------I was able to put it down at night and not stay up all night reading.Ha. I finished it but skimmed the last pages to get to the end.
As I think someone else mentioned before me, I can't see any police department taking a young woman seriously when she reports that on her death bed, the mother admitted to a possible crime. And it was a very sketchy crime at best. What criminal investigation teams would have the time to try to research something that "might have happened" in the past? Just doesn't make sense. So that part made me pretty suspicious of the plot. Guess I'm just too logical of a person.
I still like Kellerman's style of writing-usually. And I'll continue to read these books. But I do hope they get better and don't start going down hill from now on. I want to still look forward to the next book, the next story about Alex and Milo, the next "great page turner" that he's famous for writing. Please, Jonathan, take our critiques to heart and be careful so you don't lose your best fans.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear Not April 9, 2007
Despite some of the misgivings in the editorial reviews you should not hesitate to buy and read this book. One of Kellerman's hallmarks is his consistency. The only weak character here is Robin and she is ongoing in her weakness. Why would Alex tolerate her betrayals? This is implausible. Plus, she is smarmy, like Spenser's Dr. Silverman. In each case, their dogs are always more interesting characters. Milo is dependably Milo; Petra is a welcome addition to the group in the recent novels, and Alex really gets a chance to play Alex, making concrete psychological judgments and handling a disorder that is of broad human interest.

The plot is complex but intelligible and the ultimate conclusion is satisfying. Handling the exposition and investigation through dialogue is perfectly OK, so long as you like the participants in the dialogue and what's not to like here?

Alex's patient and her physicist boyfriend are both interesting characters and the dysfunctional adults are sufficiently interesting to hold your attention. Jonathan Kellerman's writing seldom tends toward the extremes; his watchword is steadiness and evenness. OBSESSION is fine; go for it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing for Kellerman April 4, 2007
By penrod
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This was a disappointing Kellerman novel. It starts off great, although the initial premise of a deathbed quasi-confession setting off this whirlwind investigation strains credulity. However, I agree with the other reviewers who have described the story line as too contrived and convoluted. Too much of the plot wrap up is delivered by someone doing report at police HQ. There are too many characters that are not really developed. The story doesn't unfold with the finesse,depth, and development we come to expect from Kellerman. Even the interactions between Robin and Delaware seemed cliche. Dog, Blanche, was my favorite character in this one!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did it really happen? March 27, 2007
Tanya Bigelow was a young girl when she first saw Dr. Alex Delaware for treatment of her obsessive-compulsive behavior (OCD). Tanya's OCD might have been a family trait since her adoptive mother (her biological aunt), Patty Bigelow also suffers from OCD behaviors.

Patty found toddler Tanya on her doorstep in the middle of the night. She had been left by her biological mother, who wanted a better life for her daughter. Later Tanya's mother (Patty's sister) died in a motorcycle accident.

Tanya is nineteen and studying to be a doctor. Her adoptive mother, Patty has recently died from cancer. On her deathbed, Patty confessed to murder and suggests that Tanya seek help from Dr. Delaware.

The people who knew Patty remember her as a hardworking, dedicated E.R. nurse who struggled to raise her child alone. No one who knew Patty could see her as capable of murder. To help Tanya, Dr. Delaware agrees to investigate and enlists the help of LAPD Det. Milo Sturgis and Officer Petra, in the search for a victim of a crime that may not have occurred.

Building on the smallest pieces of information Dr. Delaware, Det. Sturgis and Officer Petra follow a trail that goes from the sleaziest, low-rent districts of Los Angeles, to a mansion of grand proportions. They meet a former porn star turned business woman, addicts, murderers, a psychopath, a vengeful former wife and a thoughtful physics student who has more than a passing interest in Tanya.

All these people are connected to Patty and what happened years ago that could now jeopardize Tanya's safety. Patty was determined to protect her child, even if she has to confess to a crime and protect her from her grave.

Kellerman's Obsession is fast-paced and filled with twists and turns.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!
Another winner from Kellerman. The relationship between him and Milo is one in a million, and never becomes static or stale. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Karen Whalen
3.0 out of 5 stars As So Many Reviewers Have Said, Disappointing
Having been lured back to the Alex Delaware series by "Killer", I moved on to "Obsession" and found myself sadly disappointed. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Anne Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome enjoy reading
I really like Jonathan Kellerman's books they keep you going through out the book I have been reading his books for years.
Published 28 days ago by Mark Beckholt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
one of he's better books
Published 1 month ago by Emanuele Porretta
4.0 out of 5 stars if you are looking for a compelling, mystery that is well-written,...
My first impression was - With so many characters sprouting out of nowhere, I was really curious about how they were all going to connect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melody BookLover
3.0 out of 5 stars Later books have become progressively lacking in the elements that...
I debated between two stars or three for this book. I went with three based mostly on loyalty to the author and the series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by No Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got me started reading J Kellerman and now have read all his books!
Published 3 months ago by william g wuori
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Would put half a star. Boring, no plot twist only people sitting around throwing theories around. For the entire book. Will not bother with any other of this authors books.
Published 4 months ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Obsession: An Alex Delaware Novel
The good doc and his associates are a hard driven crew. They keep things moving on a steady fast pace with a few pecks of extra excitement.
Published 4 months ago by Lexus4811
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
more Delaware, please!
Published 5 months ago by martin levine
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Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher's Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted,and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children, as well as the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.

Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico. Their four children include the novelist Jesse Kellerman.

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