Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Silent Partner

I have a problem with starting series.  I know I know.  Last summer I started the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman and read the first three before I fell of the bandwagon until this summer.  My library's used book sale had a TON in the series available and it was fill a bag for $6.00.  Of course I loaded up.   Of course upon further inspection at home I had grabbed a bunch of the newer books and so now I'm all set for when I reach the end of the series but I have a lot of gaps in the beginning.  So off I went back to the library to try to grab the earlier stuff.

Silent Partner by Jonathan Kellerman is the 4th in the series and it gets a little risqué.  I liked it.  Hard to keep in mind that this is set in the 80s so of course there are beepers, phone services, and stopping on the side of the road to use phone booths.  Ahh the good ole days when you could disappear for awhile. ;)

Description: The bestselling author of When The  Bough Breaks, Blood Test,  and Over The Edge delivers the  most stunning novel yet and featuring  psychologist-detective Dr. Alex Delaware. At a party for a  controversial Los Angeles sex therapist, Alex  encounters a face from his own past--Sharon Ransom, an  exquisite, alluring lover who left him abruptly more  than a decade earlier. Sharon now hints that he  desperately needs help, but Alex evades her. The  next day she is dead, an apparent suicide. Driven by  guilt and sadness, Alex plunges into the maze of  Sharon's life--a journey that will take him through  the pleasure palaces of California's ultra-rich,  into the dark closets of a family's disturbing  past, and finally into the alleyways of the mind,  where childhood terrors still hold sway.

Let's just say that these psychologists sure have a heck of a lot of problems themselves! The plot line got a little crazy with characters and the history behind the key players was quite interesting and a little crazy to follow along.  There was a twist I didn't see coming and a few I did.  I like reading these books but they aren't like OMG I NEED TO READ THE WHOLE SERIES NOW books.  I like that I can take some time off and return.  I was a bit lost on Delaware's relationship with Robin but it was easy to pick back up on again.  I'm actually excited to catch up to present day Dr. Delaware and see what's up. ;)

My only issues with the book was the almost creep factor of how lovey dovey Sharon could be on Alex even after being apart for so long and that he actually let her hang all over him and ick, if you read the book you kind of want to say PUSH HER OFF YOU, icky.  It does kind of border the trashy line but I mean in a book that has grandparents who are porn collectors and people who starred in porns you can only expect so much from a book. 

It's not all that skeevy, porn loving grandparents and all.  I actually appreciate the topics covered in Kellerman's books.

Have you read any books by Kellerman? Did my porn talk scare you off from this one? ;) (trust me no porn written in the book!! ha)

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