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Kellerman Is Back!!,
This review is from: Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel (Alex Delaware Novels) (Hardcover)
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I used to be a great fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series. Each new novel he released was absolutely delightful. Then, however, I felt that Kellerman's creative powers were starting to wane. His most recent three or four novels were really not up to his usual high standards. I was so disappointed with his last novel that I was not even sure that I was going to try the next one.
Still, I read VICTIMS and am happy to report that the Jonathan Kellerman we all know and love is back. This is one of his best novels to date, which is no small feat. The mystery is brilliantly plotted and makes a lot of sense psychologically. The story proceeds very fast and leaves the reader with no opportunity to get bored or distracted. Alex Delaware gets many chances to bring his knowledge of psychology to the search for a serial killer who committed several gruesome murders. Every few pages bring a new stunning revelation. The dialogues are never drawn out and always allow one to maintain one's interest in the story. Robin appears on very few occasions and her presence in the story is minimal, which is always good news, given how boring this character has become.
If you are new to Kellerman's work, I highly recommend that you start with this novel. It showcases the writers talents and will get you hooked on the entirety of his literary output. VICTIMS is a brilliant novel that will keep you reading avidly well into the night. Be forewarned, though, that the novel begins with a very gruesome description of the crime scene. This is not a cozy mystery in any sense of the word. However, if you are into psychological thrillers and are interested in the psychology of serial killers, this is the perfect novel for you.
I hope that this turns into a new and productive stretch in Kellerman's writing.