Tuesday, 16 November 2010

CRIME REVIEW: Alex Delaware 25: Deception - Jonathan Kellerman

Release Date: 30/09/10


The ingenious, intriguing and breathtakingly good new novel from the world's number one psychological thriller writer. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, Elise Freeman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at a prestigious LA prep school. If ever homicide detective Milo Sturgis could use Dr Alex Delaware's psychological prowess, it's now. From the start, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down-and-dirty fight for justice. Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the dirty secrets and deadly sins festering amongst LA's elite. But power and position are not easily surrendered, and Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap...


The 25th Alex Delaware novel and one that proves that a good crime writer can keep the reader glued throughout. The key to this is the subtle art of deception and misdirection which Jonathan does well.

Add to this a good mix of believable characters, solid prose alongside a good standard of pace and the book will definitely please the crime reader.

Finally, whilst many readers may be put off by the fact that this is so far into an established series, I want to assure you that each title is self contained which for new readers is always a good thing and also allows you the chance to find one that’s right for you. All in a great title and one that gave me a good few hours reading pleasure and one that definitely benefits from a night-time read.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

Another one that sounds like an interesting read. You are listing so many. I won't be able to afford all the ones I see this week that look like I want to read. Thanks for the insight...again! Appreciate a good review-helpful when choosing books! :)