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When the Bough Breaks (An Alex Delaware Novel) Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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"An engrossing thriller... this knockout of an  entertainment is the kind of book which establishes a  career in one stroke." -- New York  Newsday

"Suspenseful,  neatly spun, fascinating." -- Philadelphia Daily  News

"Grab yourself a copy soon."  -- Los Angeles Times

  "An exceptionally exciting thriller!" --  The New York Times

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1850 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (July 6 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VPWXWY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's really sort of a trip back in time reading this book...so much of it probably worked pretty well in 1985 when this was written but the translation in 2004 doesn't quite make it. Trendy young Dr. Delaware, age 33, drives a Cadillac Seville and when it's disabled he rents a "boxy Japanese car". Lot's of amusing things crop up like that in this book which actually made me sort of nostalgic. I had to go listen to old Hall & Oates LP's to re-visit "Say It Isn't So" and "Maneater" again! It also has a central convention of the 80's that I'm currently sick to death of...struggling,impoverished minorities-Good Guys, White, affluent successful Christian Men who conspire-Bad Guys. Honestly, this formula is more stereotypical than "The Butler Did It" used to be. If you spot a successful white guy early in a story, especially if it's suggested that he's a Christian, he's probably the bad guy. If Kellerman wrote this book in 2004 it probably couldn't get published...it's way too formulaic! Consequenly a big part of my dislike of this book is because of this. It doesn't stop there however...many reviews here suggest that Jonathan Kellerman is a great writer. I think he's marginal at best. I think these characters are really pretty shallow and the whole idea of this psychologist single handedly solving crimes and beating up bad guys twice his size is goofy. Delaware points a gun at central villians on 2 separate occasions in the story and they admit to everything but their shoe size. Try to imagine Patrick Kenzie or Harry Bosch pointing a gun at a bad guy and having said bad guy collapse and outline every last element of the crime in great detail.Read more ›
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This guy is a good writer. I was completely into the first 80 pages of this book. His characters and relationships are well developed in the beginning and I was ready for another great series. But once the plot takes hold, the focus turns away from the characters and becomes a tedious investigation that conveniently results in an implausible outcome.
I guess what I'm saying is that Kellerman is a great writer, but not quite the story teller I was hoping to find. I would have preferred that more time was spent with the core characters, and the plot was kept simple. As it turns out, the core characters may as well have not been developed because they weren't used after they were introduced. The plot plods on. Note: Every bad guy does Not have to be related in order to complete a story. Go ahead and leave some loose ends, just make sure the loose ends are intentional and not there because an important character (Milo) was forgotten. Or, unless you're Larry McMurtry, keep it simple so the story can be resolved naturally. (Read 'Lonesome Dove' to see a perfectly successful ending that has no resolution. All ends are left loose. Do I digress?)
I may have read this book while I was half asleep which wouldn't be fair. But then again, I may have been half asleep because I was reading this book. As I got closer to the end, I became more convinced that the latter was true. I could not wait to get it over with. I will take into account that this was a debut book and intend to give the next 2 or 3 books in this series a run before I write it off. I've already been disappointed by one 'Billy Straight' by the same author (published in 1998) so I just don't know if this is going to work for me.
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Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware seems to have it all. A beautiful home, a loving woman, a luxurious car, and retirement in his early thirties. There aren't many that can claim the bounties that Dr. Delaware has in his life. However, all is not well with Dr. Delaware. With a psyche still scarred by the horrors brought to his doorstep by a lonely and sick man, Alex finds himself adrift, simply existing and not really living.
That is, until his friend and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis comes to him and asks for help. Milo is working a double homicide case, and the only witness they have at this time is Melody Quinn, a quiet, troubled, 7-year-old girl. Milo wants Alex to dust off his couch and talk to Melody. Little did Alex know that this simple favor would set off a chain of events that would have dire consequences on his life.
This is the first of Jonathan Kellerman's highly popluar Dr. Alex Delaware series, and I can see why this first book has led to many more. Dr. Delaware is an interesting character with several different - and often conflicting - aspects to his personality. Milo Sturgis, the slovenly LAPD Homicide detective with a heart of gold and unique personality foibles all his own is Alex's co-star, and is a fascinating character in his own right.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and look forward to reading the further adventures of Dr. Delaware.
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This is my first book by Kellerman. And i was very impressed. It's a very good debut novel. The plotting is tight and the writing is sharp. The book is, basically, incredibly fun to read. (As another reviewer has said, you get the sense that all Kellerman was doing was writing for his own amusement and fun, and it really comes across in the writing. Very fun, enjoyable story, despite its focus on child-abuse.)
Alex Delaware is a great character. He is well drawn and realistic. instantly likeable, immediately an everyman who most readers will be able to identify with. He is supported by some other great characters. Milo, his police-detective friend. And Robin, his partner. (A likeable character at first, but if she carries on as she is, she may get a tad annoying in a few books time)
The plotting is clever, and the climax great. I see a strength in the series, available in his ability to portray likeable children very well. Unfortunately, in this book little Melody Quinn (the child in this book) seems to drop out of the story about a quarter of the way through, only to re-appear in a privotal role at the end.
The child-abuse is depicted well, the plotting is strong and realistic. The effects of the child abuse are also described well. Peadophillia is dealt with tactfully, and this book does not sensationalise it. In the end, the villains all get their commupeance, and Milo Strugis really shows his true colours.
This is a very good debut novel. A fast paced pageturner, with an addictive writing style, i fairly raced through this book. I am hugely looking forward to getting my teeth into other books by Kellerman.
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