When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Series #1)

When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Series #1)

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When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Series #1) by Jonathan Kellerman, John Rubinstein

In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

It's psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past.

This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553451382
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1988
Series: Alex Delaware Series , #1
Edition description: Abridged Audio Cassette
Product dimensions: 4.39(w) x 7.21(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

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. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1949

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974

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When the Bough Breaks 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Jonathan Kellerman's books featureing Alex Delaware. I recently decided to read all the older stories, from Book #1 on. This is the book that actually introduces us to Alex and Milo. I especially enjoyed this book and will read the second and third books in the series soon.
lil_devil_57 More than 1 year ago
This book starts out a little slow, but only because it gives some background information on the main character so that you can understand him a little better. Then it jumps right into a great story with an interesting ending. It was a little hard to follow towards the end because of the different characters involved, but it comes together nicely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have never read a book by Jonathan Kellerman, this is a great place to start. His characters, Alex and Milo are superbly developed and really make you want to root for them in their discovery of some devastating facts that lead to an even more devestating discovery. Pick up this book today, I couldn't put it down!!!
sharonka322 More than 1 year ago
This is a great first book to get you addicted to Alex Delaware. There is a lot of explaining, who Alex Delaware is, what made him what he is, but it isn't done in a boring way, but it is detailed. But it is well worth it...the books are GREAT. These are books that i eagerly look forward to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book that is great especially if you like to read from a psychologist's perspective. Love the way the mystery unfolds in the end. Some dark content that I don't like reading about: child abuse, rape, etc. Some readers might not be bothered by it as the author didn't go into great detail. I would consider reading more of his books as he is a good writer and I love psychology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended for fans of Jonathan Kellerman.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It was great to see how Alex and Milo start off from their basic crime solving tactics. I admit that I didn't start reading the series from order but it was still excellent. Like the rest of the stories. Alex & Milo never lose their wits nor my interest.
merylm More than 1 year ago
I love Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, and I'm hoping to love Jonathan's Alex Delaware as well. This first book was not as compelling as I hoped, but I'll continue on for at least a few books hoping they don't disappoint. I've even branching out to the books their children are writing. What a prolific literary family!!!
cmkd More than 1 year ago
The first book in the series that builds information as you go along. Alex is asked to provide assistance in solving the crimes, which seem to be interconnected. Milo uses Alex to get information about those that are suspect in their truth telling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 'Over the Edge', this is the second book by Mr Kellerman that I have just read. Not bad for a first try, though it also shows the author was still rather immature in his plot-creating skills. At times it felt like reading a strange medley of pulpfiction thriller plus the story of a medieval detective mixed with the straightforward confessions of a top lover who never ever disappoints a gal in bed and has the most immaculate woman in the world for a partner. On top of this all, put Milo and a required knowledge of psychopharmacology. Nonetheless, one has to be lenient in their opinion when reviewing a first book . . .
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gardengnomeDD More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't even deserve 1 star! It was terrible, awful, etc. It was full of psycho babble & dragged on, going off in several different directions. Too many characters with weird names. I'm glad I only paid $1.99 for it on a Nook Special Price. Even that was too much by $1.98. First & only book I will ever read by this author.
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Not impressed. Should have been 100 pages not 300+
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