[Reviews] Time BombThere's some difficult subject matter here, and a generally good story that's probably best told only to fans of the series.
An entertaining story overall, but it lacks the focus and consistency I expect from its author.
The second novel about Alex Delaware, "Blood Test", is not as good as the first one. It's shorter and less ambitious, the descriptions are less artful (though there are still some fantastic lines), and the ending feels overly abrupt, capping off a number of actions by its protagonist that seem unlikely, even fanciful. Still, it's a decent read.
There's a lot to like here, along with a few parts that just plain hurt.
I recently decided to give Jonathan Kellerman a shot, since I'd seen his books praised for a few years now, and I started by reading "Killer," which is the 29th book in his Alex Delaware series. I enjoyed that volume enough that here I am, starting from the beginning with "When the Bough Breaks."
Makes me glad I decided to give Kellerman a shot, but I certainly wouldn't have minded a better twist at the end.
I had occasionally seen Jonathan Kellerman's books in stores, but the covers never really grabbed me and in the few instances when I picked one up anyway and read the back blurb, that didn't do much for me, either. He's a prolific writer, though, and has appeared regularly on bestseller lists for some time now. Some fellow mystery readers also recommended his work when I asked who I should be reading, so that was encouraging, too. I finally decided to give him a proper chance. The book I chose as a starting point--for no reason other than pure convenience--was "Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel."
Despite a slow beginning, the second Adam Dangliesh novel is an enjoyable read that gets better as it goes.
"A Mind to Murder," the second novel from P.D. James, was written in 1963. That's more than 50 years ago, and the story the novel tells is one that would have had to be updated considerably in order to pass as a 2015 creation.
                                                            
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