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Psychologist Alex Delaware hasn't been in private practice for a long time, but when the mother of a former patient calls and asks for his help, he can't turn her down. He couldn't help Lauren Teague when she was alive, but something about his failure with the beautiful, sullen teenager who grew up to be a high-priced call girl won't let him walk away after her bullet-ridd Psychologist Alex Delaware hasn't been in private practice for a long time, but when the mother of a former patient calls and asks for his help, he can't turn her down. He couldn't help Lauren Teague when she was alive, but something about his failure with the beautiful, sullen teenager who grew up to be a high-priced call girl won't let him walk away after her bullet-ridden body turns up in an L.A. dumpster. When she wasn't turning tricks, she was a straight-A student; despite his detective pal Milo's demurral, Alex is convinced there's a connection between Lauren's death and another beautiful UCLA psych major who disappeared a year earlier. With his customary skill and compassion, Jonathan Kellerman draws us deep into Lauren's complicated life, from a university campus to a Malibu estate owned by a wealthy publisher of soft-core porn (who bears a distinct resemblance to the pajama-clad mogul who made a small white bunny famous). Kellerman's last couple of books have been a bit disappointing, but here the bestselling author is writing up to the high standard he set in his earlier ones. With solid plotting, well-realized characterizations, and a strong narrative drive, Flesh and Blood delivers the real goods on every page. --Jane Adams

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Psychologist Alex Delaware hasn't been in private practice for a long time, but when the mother of a former patient calls and asks for his help, he can't turn her down. He couldn't help Lauren Teague when she was alive, but something about his failure with the beautiful, sullen teenager who grew up to be a high-priced call girl won't let him walk away after her bullet-ridd Psychologist Alex Delaware hasn't been in private practice for a long time, but when the mother of a former patient calls and asks for his help, he can't turn her down. He couldn't help Lauren Teague when she was alive, but something about his failure with the beautiful, sullen teenager who grew up to be a high-priced call girl won't let him walk away after her bullet-ridden body turns up in an L.A. dumpster. When she wasn't turning tricks, she was a straight-A student; despite his detective pal Milo's demurral, Alex is convinced there's a connection between Lauren's death and another beautiful UCLA psych major who disappeared a year earlier. With his customary skill and compassion, Jonathan Kellerman draws us deep into Lauren's complicated life, from a university campus to a Malibu estate owned by a wealthy publisher of soft-core porn (who bears a distinct resemblance to the pajama-clad mogul who made a small white bunny famous). Kellerman's last couple of books have been a bit disappointing, but here the bestselling author is writing up to the high standard he set in his earlier ones. With solid plotting, well-realized characterizations, and a strong narrative drive, Flesh and Blood delivers the real goods on every page. --Jane Adams

30 review for Flesh and Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    2.5★s When psychologist Alex Delaware saw fifteen year old Lauren Teague on the insistence of her parents, he was frustrated by his inability to help her. Two sessions was all she managed before she stopped coming to his practice. Then, ten years later Lauren’s mother had contacted him – she was worried about Lauren; could he help find her as she had gone away without saying anything; without taking anything. She was worried… When Detective Milo Sturgis contacted Alex to let him know Lauren’s body 2.5★s When psychologist Alex Delaware saw fifteen year old Lauren Teague on the insistence of her parents, he was frustrated by his inability to help her. Two sessions was all she managed before she stopped coming to his practice. Then, ten years later Lauren’s mother had contacted him – she was worried about Lauren; could he help find her as she had gone away without saying anything; without taking anything. She was worried… When Detective Milo Sturgis contacted Alex to let him know Lauren’s body had been found in a nearby dumpster, Alex was noticeably upset. He wasn’t sure why; his disappointment in himself at not helping her when she was a teen ate at him – he was determined to find her killer and put her to rest. The investigation uncovered lies and deception, a depth of complicated tracks from the wealthy to the downright destitute. Alex found himself drawn into the lives of university professors and strippers; night club workers and students. With Milo occasionally by Alex’s side, the two of them chased leads; some of which were good, most that were not. Would Lauren’s vicious killer be found? I normally thoroughly enjoy Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series, but this one was nowhere near his usual high standard. In places it was downright boring I’m afraid – too heavy on the description, not enough action. And with him having seen Lauren twice, years ago then becoming so involved - Alex was out of character and definitely having a bad few weeks in this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Good Plot, Bad Action... We've read every Kellerman (both husband AND wife!) book, so eagerly snapped this one up a week ago. We thought the plot was reasonable and interesting, but when Alex Delaware starting running around like an idiot, tailing potential criminals, rescuing their family members from drowning, and posing as a romantic date to get inside information, that's too far-fetched for us. There's a fair amount of tension with his life partner, Robin, over his antics and involvement in a Good Plot, Bad Action... We've read every Kellerman (both husband AND wife!) book, so eagerly snapped this one up a week ago. We thought the plot was reasonable and interesting, but when Alex Delaware starting running around like an idiot, tailing potential criminals, rescuing their family members from drowning, and posing as a romantic date to get inside information, that's too far-fetched for us. There's a fair amount of tension with his life partner, Robin, over his antics and involvement in a case not even officially assigned by the police; and even Alex's detective buddy Milo joins in getting fed up with our otherwise usually oh so professional psychologist. That's the trouble -- when you've spent years developing a character people love, you can't have that character go out of character. Get that? I wish the Editor had. Still, not a bad read, just uncharacteristically implausible. {3.5}

  3. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    I read this book, wearing humble sweat pants, somewhat worn yet comfortable. An old T-Rex t shirt, hunting socks to ward off the fall chill on the floor. I furrowed my brow, squinting into the distance as though the answer to life's mysteries was visible above the hearth, which crackled enthusiastically. I imagined Delaware, black cardigan over tan chinos, pondering this week's murder. His deep set eyes a window to the clues hidden in every character's attire, his pouty mouth clueing us into his I read this book, wearing humble sweat pants, somewhat worn yet comfortable. An old T-Rex t shirt, hunting socks to ward off the fall chill on the floor. I furrowed my brow, squinting into the distance as though the answer to life's mysteries was visible above the hearth, which crackled enthusiastically. I imagined Delaware, black cardigan over tan chinos, pondering this week's murder. His deep set eyes a window to the clues hidden in every character's attire, his pouty mouth clueing us into his uncanny ability to describe in excruciating detail the appearance, mannerisms and minutiae of every other Motherfucking character in the book, extending it's length by exponential exponents. Exponents, which appear in too-tight white denim, under a blue silk t-shirt and black double breasted Italian summer wool.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tk Good

    I have read many of the Alex Delaware novels as I love Kellerman's style and the Delaware/Sturgis relationship is always entertaining. But this one wasn't as great as some others. The story was interesting but cluttered. And I could not get past the fact that he got so involved in a patient he had only seen twice years ago, that's just not believable. I will continue to read Kellerman though, he's one of my favorite writers of this genre.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charley Girl

    Who doesn't like Alex Delaware? Alex is inquisitive or is it nosy? I don't know but it makes for a great story. I didn't figure out who the bad guy was and couldn't figure out how the murders were related so I really like the book. The one downfall was it was a bit too long for me. Milo, the homosexual cop is always fun to read about. I picture him as Grizzly Adam with marshmallows inside. Robin, Alex's girlfriend, is the most stable person in the book. Calm, logical, loving and seems to hold Al Who doesn't like Alex Delaware? Alex is inquisitive or is it nosy? I don't know but it makes for a great story. I didn't figure out who the bad guy was and couldn't figure out how the murders were related so I really like the book. The one downfall was it was a bit too long for me. Milo, the homosexual cop is always fun to read about. I picture him as Grizzly Adam with marshmallows inside. Robin, Alex's girlfriend, is the most stable person in the book. Calm, logical, loving and seems to hold Alex to reality. I guess the moral of this story is if you are going to be a hooker, you are bound to run into some trouble. Who would have thought?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Well, one and a half stars, because I finished it, but really ... it was rubbish. The main character spends his time cooking up ludicrous theories on the basis of no evidence, which, no matter how far-fetched, turn out to be true. I started actually laughing at the fact that in every scene, Kellerman describes in meticulous, adjective-laden detail what the characters are wearing. What's with that? It would have been half the length if he'd cut that out. Once or twice, OK. But every freaking time Well, one and a half stars, because I finished it, but really ... it was rubbish. The main character spends his time cooking up ludicrous theories on the basis of no evidence, which, no matter how far-fetched, turn out to be true. I started actually laughing at the fact that in every scene, Kellerman describes in meticulous, adjective-laden detail what the characters are wearing. What's with that? It would have been half the length if he'd cut that out. Once or twice, OK. But every freaking time?? It's a thriller, and it actually managed to be dull a lot of the time. I didn't even care who did it (and the true baddie wasn't introduced till very late on anyway). Admittedly I don't normally read thrillers -- I got this from a BookCrossing virtual bookbox where you pick books based on their first sentences. But I liked his son's The Brutal Art (another BookCrossing first sentence find, oddly enough) a lot better than this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bart

    This is among the least enjoyable of the Deleware novels. It was part of what I'd call the mid-series slump for author Kellerman.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    I read and enjoyed this when it was first published somewhere around 2001. Enjoyed the re-read just as much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    A former patient of Alex Delaware is missing - a pretty girl he only treated a few times - and he gets drawn into a complex investigation as her life over the previous 4 years gradually becomes clearer. A bit too long but a cleverly constructed plot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    One of Alex Delaware's former patients turns up dead, and he gets involved although his counseling relationship with her had been brief and ten years ago. In the intervening years, he had run into her once when he attending a bachelor party and she was the stripper, and his sleuthing has him follow leads that show how vulnerable and misguided young women can get sucked into prostitution and porn movies. Delaware risks his relationships with his friend Milo and girl friend Robin as he investigate One of Alex Delaware's former patients turns up dead, and he gets involved although his counseling relationship with her had been brief and ten years ago. In the intervening years, he had run into her once when he attending a bachelor party and she was the stripper, and his sleuthing has him follow leads that show how vulnerable and misguided young women can get sucked into prostitution and porn movies. Delaware risks his relationships with his friend Milo and girl friend Robin as he investigates the case on his own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    shruti

    Pretty boring. More than required characters are present in the book which just tends to stretch on the story without adding any interesting twist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tgordon

    Fast moving and always entertaining. Alex Delaware finds himself in another past patient dilemma. He never can seem to just being a support to the children he treats but a person who puts his life in great danger to help and heal. A mother crying out for help for her missing daughter who was once a patient....again Alex can’t resist. What will it cost him this time????

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    So I was looking to read (well, listen to) Patricia Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta mystery, “Flesh and Blood,” when it occurred to me that I already had a book on my shelf with that very same title, by Jonathan Kellerman. It’s been quite a while since I’d had an Alex Delaware “fix,” so I decided to try the latter first, then perhaps compare them. Well, I got the audiobook out of the library, and listened to about half of it before I had to bring it back; so I said to myself, “No matter, I still So I was looking to read (well, listen to) Patricia Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta mystery, “Flesh and Blood,” when it occurred to me that I already had a book on my shelf with that very same title, by Jonathan Kellerman. It’s been quite a while since I’d had an Alex Delaware “fix,” so I decided to try the latter first, then perhaps compare them. Well, I got the audiobook out of the library, and listened to about half of it before I had to bring it back; so I said to myself, “No matter, I still have the paperback, why not read that, and get Ms. Cornwell’s audiobook out of the library, won’t that be fun?” Well…I’m going to recount the complications attendant upon this unwise decision in my review of Ms. Cornwell’s book, which will be coming soon. It was a pleasure reacquainting myself with Dr. Delaware, burned-out psychologist who now acts as a consultant to the Police, mostly in the person of Milo Sturgis, gay Homicide Detective. And of course we have Alex’s live-in guitar-fashioner-to-the-rock-stars, Robin, and their dog, a stray French bulldog named Blanche. In this novel, the mother of Lauren Teague, a rebellious teenage girl Alex had treated some years ago (and more recently for one session) contacts Alex because the (now young woman) has gone missing. Inbetween those times, Alex had attended a bachelor party in which Lauren had made an appearance as a stripper. Well, Lauren ends up murdered, and Milo asks for Alex’s help. As with most of these novels, the events and people behind this murder are convoluted and take us to the sex-for-hire business, including the aging editor of a men’s magazine, resembling Hugh Hefner in a number of ways, drugs, lifestyles of the rich and famous, familial jealousies, academic/psychological research on attractiveness, and all manner of people of questionable moral character. In the process, Alex becomes enamored with the editor’s ex-wife, thus threatening his relationship with Robin (which has gone through myriad ups and downs anyway). Per usual, the pages turn quickly, and the action leads to several surprises that I (at least) didn’t see coming, with a satisfying denouement. I was glad to visit Alex again, won’t wait so long to return.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tara Brown

    I’m not sure how Milo ever solves a case without Alex. Milo is supposed to be this hotshot detective with a great solve rate but it’s Alex that always solves the murder first. Alex that always finds the hidden clues. Alex that always pulls at the right thread. The premise of this is a little far fetched. The mother of a patient Alex attempted to treat years ago calls him out of the blue to find her missing daughter (the patient). Alex only had about two sessions with said patient that yielded no I’m not sure how Milo ever solves a case without Alex. Milo is supposed to be this hotshot detective with a great solve rate but it’s Alex that always solves the murder first. Alex that always finds the hidden clues. Alex that always pulls at the right thread. The premise of this is a little far fetched. The mother of a patient Alex attempted to treat years ago calls him out of the blue to find her missing daughter (the patient). Alex only had about two sessions with said patient that yielded no real treatment (not for lack of trying on Alex’s part). The now adult patient seemed to hold Alex in the high regards even though she never participated in treatment or cared about being there. And good old Alex goes out of his way to be over-involved to find out what happened to the girl. Milo picks and chooses who he intimidates. And Alex is so obsessed with someone else’s job that he’s risking his relationship with Robin. The two together annoy me so I don’t mind a possible breakup. The author always goes out of his way to always describe Alex and Robin in the best light and everyone else in the worst or most negative light.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'd read this before but couldn't remember the plot, so I got to enjoy it again. I did find the ending, in which Shawna's disappearance is cleared up, a bit unrealistic and too much trying to quickly sew up all the loose ends. The professor responsible for hiding her body cracked too quickly, I thought. Alex is just a little bit too good to be true. Plus, as I'd forgotten since she hasn't been around so much in recent books, Robin is really annoying - just so stroppy. I now regret saying thank go I'd read this before but couldn't remember the plot, so I got to enjoy it again. I did find the ending, in which Shawna's disappearance is cleared up, a bit unrealistic and too much trying to quickly sew up all the loose ends. The professor responsible for hiding her body cracked too quickly, I thought. Alex is just a little bit too good to be true. Plus, as I'd forgotten since she hasn't been around so much in recent books, Robin is really annoying - just so stroppy. I now regret saying thank goodness Alex and Robin got back together in the last book! The audiobook reader has done other Kellerman books, so his voice for Alex Delaware sounds right, but annoyingly he makes just about all the other characters sound awful, giving them supercilious, whining, nasal voices.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Macdonald

    Bit of a mediocre thriller. Not nearly as exciting as promised on the cover blurb. I struggled to connect with Alex Delaware, the Psychiatrist, in this book, especially as he'd only met Lauren twice yet he goes on a crusade to find her killer, which I never quite got my head around.There were a ton of theories that Alex gave out over the course of the investigation which I found to be a little frustrating since his ideas about the murders were constantly changing, and mostly wrong.Not sure I wil Bit of a mediocre thriller. Not nearly as exciting as promised on the cover blurb. I struggled to connect with Alex Delaware, the Psychiatrist, in this book, especially as he'd only met Lauren twice yet he goes on a crusade to find her killer, which I never quite got my head around.There were a ton of theories that Alex gave out over the course of the investigation which I found to be a little frustrating since his ideas about the murders were constantly changing, and mostly wrong.Not sure I will be in a hurry to read any more of this author's work in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I may give up on Alex Deleware. The plots and ridiculous situations have become totally unrealistic. Having Alex following suspects and drawing conclusions based on nothing but his supposed superior psychological profiling abilities? And passing his actions off as what? And Milo? Alex does more off the grid police work than Milo AND the police department let's him get away with the stupid antics that I would view as obstruction. Three stars on this one was a stretch.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J. Ewbank

    This is yet another Jonathan Kellerman and Alex Delaware novel and as such it is a good book. I enjoyed it but it was a little slow reading for me which has not been the case with most of the other books by this author and about Alex Delaware. Could just be me. Mystery fans will enjoy. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dolphe

    I can certainly see why Mr. Kellerman has a legion of fans. He has a fast-paced style and a likeable hero in Alex Delaware. I'm assuming I just picked one of his inferior titles. The main character comes off as a poor psychiatrist and an even worse detective. The storyline could have been very interesting, but there was so much clutter and add-ons that I just lost interest.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Kellerman is a great murder mystery. Used many of the same characters for his books, yet you do not need to read them all to quickly get to know each character! A bit of sex, blood, and of course the law with witty characters....cannot put them down!

  21. 5 out of 5

    J.W. Thompson

    Can't get enough of his Alex Delaware novels

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    way to inappropriet for some INNOCENT eyes...!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teri Pre

    Robin comes...and Robin goes...and comes....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I mostly agree with other reviews that Alex's hunt for Lauren's killer (to the detriment of his home life) is a little far-fetched. He met with this girl twice as a teenager and then once later as an adult when they both find each other at the same bachelor party - him as an attendee, her as an escort. But I also would argue that the principle of being one of the few people concerned about Lauren helped convince him to dig deeper, especially given that Lauren attended school at his alma mater an I mostly agree with other reviews that Alex's hunt for Lauren's killer (to the detriment of his home life) is a little far-fetched. He met with this girl twice as a teenager and then once later as an adult when they both find each other at the same bachelor party - him as an attendee, her as an escort. But I also would argue that the principle of being one of the few people concerned about Lauren helped convince him to dig deeper, especially given that Lauren attended school at his alma mater and listed him as a heavy influence in her decision to study psychology. Plus Alex Delaware loves a good mystery as much as anyone! Although I would 100% agree that his involvement goes too far, especially in the case of his midnight kayak adventure. (view spoiler)[We learn that Lauren Teague, whose body is eventually found after being reported missing, is going to college at age 25 and she has piles of money saved up. Was she still hooking? Or is the money from another source? What's her connection to Tony Duke, the Hugh-Hefner-like magazine magnate whose son Ben was leading an experiment that Lauren was helping out with? Turns out that Duke is Lauren's dad, and her mom collected money from him to give to Lauren - that explains her savings. But Lauren (and her mom) end up being killed by Duke's son-in-law and girlfriend (Tony's ex-wife) because they didn't want to share their inheritance and didn't want anyone else to find out she was Tony's daughter. Another blonde, Shawna, went missing the year before and Alex thought Shawna and Lauren were connected in some way, especially because both were studying similar degrees at the U. But it turns out that Shawna was accidentally killed by her lover, her psych professor and Alex's former classmate Gene Dalby, in a fit of passion. I'm just glad we know what happened to her. I also like that Robin basically told Alex to figure it out and left him toward the end, since Alex has a way of getting in too close to these things, especially with women. However, they seem to have made up since at the end he has bought airplane tickets to Paris so they can rekindle their romance. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    It has now been 10 years since this series started with Alex burning out from his psychologist career and becoming a reluctant consultant to the police - a role he now seems to relish above all else in his life, including his snooze-worthy relationship with Robin (seriously - it would probably make sense at this point to just write her out so Alex can focus solely on doing Milo's job for him). This one starts out with Alex getting a call from the mother of a former patient who has disappeared. Mo It has now been 10 years since this series started with Alex burning out from his psychologist career and becoming a reluctant consultant to the police - a role he now seems to relish above all else in his life, including his snooze-worthy relationship with Robin (seriously - it would probably make sense at this point to just write her out so Alex can focus solely on doing Milo's job for him). This one starts out with Alex getting a call from the mother of a former patient who has disappeared. Mom has seen Alex's name in the paper as a police consultant; can he help find out what happened to her Lauren? Yes, of course he can. And of course he does, once again winding up with his life on the line with no one knowing where he is as the body count rises all around him. I only half listened to this one, which seems to be a trend for me as of late. But I feel that has to do more with just having a lot on my mind rather than the books themselves. The new narrator for this series wasn't as bad for this one, maybe because Milo wasn't as central as in the last one - but his Milo voice did sound a bit less "New York" so that's an improvement. I think I can get used to his Alex voice in another book or two. This story was more of a complicated maze of characters than it was a fast-paced thriller and boiled down to two of the oldest things in the book: sex and money. Two cases of missing women with similar traits leave Alex and Milo wondering if the cases were related and how when the two victims only seem to have their stunning good looks in common. Plenty of suspects but no real leads until Alex manages to stumble on to the truth of the two cases. If I were Milo, I'd be getting a little annoyed that Alex poking around is solving more cases than he, the actual detective, is!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandie

    Dr. Alex Delaware remembers her. She was one of his failures. Lauren was a sullen teenager, forced into seeing him as a therapist by her parents. She was totally uninterested in what he had to offer, coming late to appointments, leaving early and just quitting after a few sessions. Underneath the attitude, Delaware sensed real issues that he'd have liked to help her explore but sometimes therapy is like that. He saw Lauren one more time. Having gone to a bachelor party, he was shocked to see her Dr. Alex Delaware remembers her. She was one of his failures. Lauren was a sullen teenager, forced into seeing him as a therapist by her parents. She was totally uninterested in what he had to offer, coming late to appointments, leaving early and just quitting after a few sessions. Underneath the attitude, Delaware sensed real issues that he'd have liked to help her explore but sometimes therapy is like that. He saw Lauren one more time. Having gone to a bachelor party, he was shocked to see her as part of the entertainment, dancing nearly nude for the jeering men greedily watching. She showed up at his house a few days later, insisting on paying him in cash and bragging about how well she was doing. Now Lauren has disappeared. Her mother comes to Alex, asking him if he can help find her. In the intervening years, Lauren seems to have matured. She is going to college and working on a psychology degree. Then one day she goes out the door, telling her roommate she would return shortly and never comes home. As Alex and his friend on the police, Milo Sturgis, investigate, more questions than answers appear. Lauren has significant investments and is paying for school herself. Where did the money come from and does it have anything to do with her disappearance? Is her disappearance linked to that of another beautiful blonde girl from the same university a year or so earlier? This is the fifteenth Alex Delaware mystery. Fans will be interested to read another of Alex's cases, although this one seems to have too many coincidences to hang together as well as others. The interplay between Alex and Milo is always interesting; that between Alex and his long-time love, Robin, significantly less so. This book is recommended for mystery readers.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mish Middelmann

    Yes, this is part of a long series with lots of common elements. And yet I found it a better-than-expected read. What struck me about this one that put it a cut above some of the others, was the way that it addressed sex, pornography and prostitution: neither moralistic nor gawking, but rather honest and even handed. I felt like lead character Alex was pretty honest about his own sexuality, helping the reader to identify with some of the male sexuality that sustains stripping, pornography and pro Yes, this is part of a long series with lots of common elements. And yet I found it a better-than-expected read. What struck me about this one that put it a cut above some of the others, was the way that it addressed sex, pornography and prostitution: neither moralistic nor gawking, but rather honest and even handed. I felt like lead character Alex was pretty honest about his own sexuality, helping the reader to identify with some of the male sexuality that sustains stripping, pornography and prostitution. While the female sex worker's motivation wasn't explored as deeply, what was expressed seemed to ring true. And although Alex's marriage is somewhat positioned as the healthy alternative to sex-for-sale, there was some subtlety, suggesting a range of sexual behaviours and responses rather than simplistic good and bad.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I quite enjoyed this one. (This is the one where Alex and Robin break up) Alex first encounters Lauren Teague as an uncommunicative teenager with all the usual hang-ups: poor grades at school, open warfare with her parents, etc. She is sent to a psychologist, and Alex loses track of her. Years later, at a bachelor party for a colleague, Alex is watching two strippers perform a fairly tasteless display and notices that one of them is Lauren. Lauren disappears, and her mother pleads for Alex's h I quite enjoyed this one. (This is the one where Alex and Robin break up) Alex first encounters Lauren Teague as an uncommunicative teenager with all the usual hang-ups: poor grades at school, open warfare with her parents, etc. She is sent to a psychologist, and Alex loses track of her. Years later, at a bachelor party for a colleague, Alex is watching two strippers perform a fairly tasteless display and notices that one of them is Lauren. Lauren disappears, and her mother pleads for Alex's help in tracking her down. But her disappearance turns into a murder investigation, and Alex is obliged to confront the demons that brought Lauren to an unenviable end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Not the worst Jonathan Kellerman book I've read, but far from the best. There was a half-decent story buried in there somewhere, but it was just too far-fetched in parts -- what are the chances that child would choose the very day Alex decides to paddle past, to decide he wanted to swim with the fish? I mean, please! As for Alex's relationship issues with Robyn, what purpose do they serve, other than to pad out the story? I doubt I'd have bothered finishing it I'd been reading a hardy copy and onl Not the worst Jonathan Kellerman book I've read, but far from the best. There was a half-decent story buried in there somewhere, but it was just too far-fetched in parts -- what are the chances that child would choose the very day Alex decides to paddle past, to decide he wanted to swim with the fish? I mean, please! As for Alex's relationship issues with Robyn, what purpose do they serve, other than to pad out the story? I doubt I'd have bothered finishing it I'd been reading a hardy copy and only give the story 2 stars, with the extra star because it was narrated by Jeff Harding who happens to be one of my favourite narrators.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin

    I’m glad I did not spend money on this book. I found it hard to suspend my disbelief that the protagonist would take the role that he did in all of the investigation. It seemed unlikely to me that he would have the access that he did. For a crime book, this completely lacked suspense for me. I feel like it was catering to guys who have maybe a touch of chauvinism — a lot of the writing felt like a bad film noir and the protagonist also seems like kind of a creep the way he describes women, espec I’m glad I did not spend money on this book. I found it hard to suspend my disbelief that the protagonist would take the role that he did in all of the investigation. It seemed unlikely to me that he would have the access that he did. For a crime book, this completely lacked suspense for me. I feel like it was catering to guys who have maybe a touch of chauvinism — a lot of the writing felt like a bad film noir and the protagonist also seems like kind of a creep the way he describes women, especially young women. There wasn’t really much original in this book and it wasn’t really fun or suspenseful enough to make a good beach or vacation read.

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