✓ Breakdown (Alex Delaware, #31) â Download by å Jonathan Kellerman 2.
5 stars In this long running series, Dr Alex Delaware is a child psychologist who spends a lot ot time assisting his friend LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis solve crimes As this 31st book in the series opens, Alex gets a call from his colleague, Dr Lou Sherman Sherman is treating a beautiful actress named Zelda Chase, whose bizarre actions have temporarily landed her in a mental health facility Alex is asked to evaluate Zelda s 5 year old son, Ovid, to see whether mother and son should be reunited Ovid turns out to be a smart, sensible little boy who likes to build things with his toys After Alex assesses Ovid and meets Zelda he determines that Ovid can live with his mom.
Skip ahead five years and Zelda who s become an unemployed, homeless, broken shell of her former self is found dead on the estate of a wealthy heiress Zelda has a history of wand When psychologist Alex Delaware was contacted by a psychiatrist friend, Lou Sherman, he had no idea he would eventually be led into a mess of intrigue and murder Lou requested he evaluate the five year old son of an actress Zelda Chase was showing signs of mania and he needed to know if Ovid was well cared for A few years later and another call to Alex regarding Zelda shocked and concerned him Ovid was missing and Zelda had obviously been on the streets Completely out of it, she couldn t answer questions or wouldn t her only uttered word was Mother When Zelda managed to escape the facility she was incarcerated in, and her body was discovered in a garden a good distance away, Alex was puzzled to say the least With his best friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis called in to investigate, the scepticism that he felt was overshadowed by the Breakdown , the 31st book in Jonathan Kellerman s Alex Delaware Series, featuring psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis solving crimes together in LA is not a bad addition to this series which I have read most if not all of the books.
but then it s not exactly one of those wow ones either I suppose it s pretty hard for a writer to keep things fresh after writing about the same characters and settings for such a long time and over so many books And this is one of the things I have found in the last few books in this series I have come to know the characters so well that I know exactly what they will do next.
how they will react to a situation.
how much character development can be done after 30 books I miss the interaction between Delaware and Sturgis that existed in the beginning The plot is good and well written even when Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman is a 2016 Ballantine books publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review It s curious, to me at least, that as a life long voracious reader, I have only remained loyal to a few authors or series I have gone through stages and phases, over the years, but through all that I have always made an effort to keep up with the Alex Delaware Mystery Series This is the thirty first installment in this long running series, and naturally, with this sort of longevity, there have been a few stinkers in there, and I found the last couple of installments to be a little short on action and have been a little disappointed by the absence of, or the reduced face time
I m hugely fond of these characters Alex, Milo, et al And each different mystery brought to the doorstep of our dynamic duo has its own dark underbelly and different way of getting to the reader In the case of Breakdown a child is missing, a child who is already vulnerable by virtue of having a disturbed mother but as ever there is a lot to it than that.
I like Jonathan Kellermans own unique writing style very much he uses what I call pragmatic prose to draw you in and keep you turning the pages He still manages to surprise, he still manages to add layers to characters you would th Lately, I ve been caught up in moving to a new home well, new to me and my husband and trying to keep on top of reviews of books I ve received at no cost from publishers in exchange for reviews So far, those books have been nothing short of stellar, but I admit it s than a teeny bit stressful knowing I ve got to pay close attention so as to render a review that s both honest and fair.
So it was that I looked forward to the time when I could turn to a favorite author one I know won t disappoint I ve followed Jonathan Kellerman s Alex Delaware series from the beginning, prompted early on by a love of psychology my undergraduate degree and murder mysteries Many were absolutely outstanding, and those that were a bit less so were enjoyable as well.
This one falls into the latter category As always, the writing is In New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Kellerman S Thrilling New Blockbuster Alex Delaware And Milo Sturgis Investigate The Murder Of A Hollywood Actress Pushed To The Limits Of SanityPsychologist Sleuth Alex Delaware Is Surprised To Get The Call When Well Known TV Actress Zelda Chase Turns Up Half Naked, Half Mad In The LA S Rural Westside He Has Little Connection To The Starlet, Save A Psychiatric Evaluation He Performed On Her Adopted Son Several Years Ago, A Child Who Has Since Vanished Without A Trace And Whom Zelda Refuses To Talk About When The Actress Turns Up Dead A Few Weeks Later Without A Scratch On Her, Delaware Calls In Police Lieutenant Milo Sturgis To Help Him Crack The Case Or At Least The Wall Of Silence Surrounding It When The Body Of A Second Actress Turns Up With The Same Mysterious Cause Of Death, Delaware And Sturgis Start To Wonder Is This A Copycat Case Or A Coincidence When They Uncover The Death Of Another Actress, A Star From Another Era Who Vanished Decades Ago, Never To Be Found, They Realize They Re Facing One Of Their Most Baffling, Mind Bending Cases Yet Did Jonathan Kellerman start two different novels one about Alex Delaware s search for an eleven year old he had treated years before and the other the search for a mentally ill, aspiring actress with little talent and her murderer and then shuffled them together That s the way it seems to me.
The first part of the book is something of a flashback to the time Alex Delaware treated the boy but most of this is the search for the killer of the mentally ill would be actress with little or nor mention of the search for the boy.
Because of this, this book seems overly long stretched out and needs a good editor to do some smart work and help decide which book it is it doesn t fit together comfortably as it is.
This is the 31st book in the Alex Delaware series by author Jonathan Kellerman.
I enjoy reading a large range of authors, predominantly Mystery and Thriller writers so I can safely say that Jonathan Kellerman has been on my to read list for quite sometime He is a well established author who created the very popular series Dr Alex Delaware which now totals over 30 novels.
Dr Alex Delaware is a child psychologist who is asked by a friend to interview a young boy who is the son of a patient The boy, Ovid, is the son of Zelda, an actress in a TV sitcom Zelda had been having mental problems and the friend had been treating her Alex was impressed by young Ovid and found him to be a quiet intelligent child.
Five years later Alex was contacted by a outpatient facility about Zelda Her TV show had been cancelled and she had been living on the street Zelda was diagno Good main story line Dr Alex Delaware is the only connection to a crazy woman found on the grounds of a Bel Air mansion, because many years prior he had evaluated her son to see whether his then eccentric TV actress mother was taking proper care of him After a short period of evaluation, Alex gets her put back into a halfway house, and she dies from poison, in the same neighborhood Alex is worried about what happened to her child, Ovid Milo Sturgis and Alex investigate and find a series of missing housekeepers as well While I found this latter plot to be a diversion, it was great to see Milo back in a visible role Alex is relentless, and eventually uses extraordinary resources to find skullduggery.
✓ Breakdown (Alex Delaware, #31) â Download by å Jonathan Kellerman 2.