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Therapy (Alex Delaware Series #18)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

One of the best in the series.

A young man and woman are found dead, both shot at close range in the head, the woman, in addition to being shot, is impaled by a metal spike. Homicide detective Milo Sturgis responds to the call and brings his good friend, psychologist, Alex Delaware with him. The ...
A young man and woman are found dead, both shot at close range in the head, the woman, in addition to being shot, is impaled by a metal spike. Homicide detective Milo Sturgis responds to the call and brings his good friend, psychologist, Alex Delaware with him. The crime scene holds no information about the young woman, but the man is found to be Gavin Quick, a troubled soul whose past landed him on a therapist¿s couch. Alex begins looking into Gavin¿s background to find a man who, once he suffered a major head-injury, had wild mood swings and began obsessing about certain women. As a result of an incident with a woman he admired, Gavin was forced to see Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, a popular psychologist who guards the privacy of her patient¿alive or dead. Alex desperately needs the help of Dr. Koppel, but her resistance to divulge information leaves him cold, then a shocking discovery has him questioning her about the death of another one of her patients. Alex and Milo start digging deeper through Gavin¿s past only to find more questions that need answering, until another woman is found impaled and the investigation takes a surprising turn. `Therapy¿ is the best Alex Delaware book is years. Once begun the book can¿t be put down. Expert pacing and a masterful plot will keep you racing through the pages to find out who did it and why. Jonathan Kellerman has made the psychological thriller genre his own and `Therapy¿, his most powerful and suspenseful novel, shows him at the top of his game. Set aside some time because you¿ll be up all night reading! Nick Gonnella

posted by Anonymous on April 23, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

In need if Therapy

Kellerman continues to have his lead character roam the streets of Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles with geographic accuracy and interest. Delaware is once again drawn into a case of murder by his long time friend Milo Sturgis, this time with a practice of psychother...
Kellerman continues to have his lead character roam the streets of Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles with geographic accuracy and interest. Delaware is once again drawn into a case of murder by his long time friend Milo Sturgis, this time with a practice of psychotherapists as the main suspects. And it's this wonderful Delaware formula of mystery that has kept readers going back to this fine series of novels. This one, however, falls short of some of his best, and the numerous plot turns arn't enough to save it. There are just so many characters covered that few are 'fleshed' out very well and, at times, you find yourself not caring about most of the others. But the biggest disappointment is Dr Delaware himself. He has become an 'all knowing' shrink/cop/intellectual that is now even conducting Police interrogations while the career Detective stands by and listens. What happened to the semi-retired shrink with the wonderful character flaws and emotional vulnerabilities? When will we again see Delaware get in over his head (and even get beat up now and then)? I miss the old Dr Delaware and would like to see him back in the next novel !

posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Flimsy dud

    This was the first Kellerman book I have read, and the last. The plot is flimsy, the character development superficial, the writing banal and lacking in any depth or substance. The result: No tension, no suspense, and no empathy for the characters, including the lead hip LA dudes, Alex, a middle-aged single 'psychologist-sleuth' (oh please!) with adoring sort-of girlfriend, and his sidekick Milo, the requisite gay man.The whole set up rendered me apathetic to the max. These guys and their victims are cartoon characters at best. What Kellerman does achieve is Mapquest accuracy of Beverly Hills and LA, but who cares? It simply comes across as elitist name dropping. There is a preponderance of hashing over the plot elements by Alex and Milo, leaving not a whole lot of room for the reader to speculate along the way. Blah, blah, blah. I grudgingly plowed my way through it, chastising myself for not just giving up, and moving on to my next book. Then I deposited where it belonged, in the trash. No more Kellerman for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    dreadful

    I have read each and every one of Kellerman's Delaware novels.Some I have not been able to put down.Some have been just fair.Never before have I struggled through one as with 'therapy'.I think it may be time for Kellerman to take a break.

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    Posted July 3, 2011

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