Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
Narrator: John Rubinstein
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Date Read: February 2014
Genre: Forensic Thriller, Thriller
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.
The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears and Alex knows he must work with longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.
Killer is Kellerman—and Delaware—at their finest.
Publisher: Random House Audio
Series: Alex Delaware #29
Listened for Review (Random House Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Killer by Jonathan Kellerman was a bit of a twisted tale with a core story that made you think!
Story Thoughts: This is one of those thrillers that I thought was part brilliant and part over-done. One thing Kellerman does really well is take you step by step through the case. Even when the plot is a little over-done, it is still done really well. I enjoyed the child custody case gone screwy but felt the story could have been a little more condensed. This is a great series though and this was still a very good read.
Character Thoughts: We are book 29 into the Deleware series so I kind of base my character rating on those surrounding Alex. I thought the Sykes sisters were a pretty good example of opposites. Though I didn’t think either was all that compelling, they did make pretty good foil for the case. I did enjoy the young patient with diabetes and his journey though. That was actually my favorite part of Killer!
Narrated By John Rubinstein / Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
I thought John Rubinsein did a pretty good job with the book. I don’t think it is his fault that I felt the pacing was off in the story. However, pacing was more obvious in the narrated version than I think it would have been if read.
Final Thoughts: Not my favorite in the series but still pretty darn good!