Apt title, almost had one trying to finish this…. *
Jonathan Kellerman has the distinction of joining Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson, as authors I will no longer read. His recent books have gone downhill from the intriguing earlier novels that I enjoyed. This one is at the bottom of the abyss.
There is no real mystery, no twist, no compelling reason to keep turning pages. The plot is weak and Kellerman’s usually interesting asides into psychology are absent. More time is spent telling the reader how to go from point A to B than any attempt at story development. Alex Delaware’s girlfriend, Robin, is sadly absent except for some minor scenes, and detective Milo Sturgis is so dull I almost forgot how sharp he used to be.
The solving of the supposed mystery is like a bad script from “Murder She Wrote”, or in this case Murder He Wrote. The majority of the book revolves around Delaware and Sturgis sitting in Alex’s office, or driving around, speculating on what happened. The leaps in logic and revelations are almost laughable. It always fascinates me when information is needed and one of them just happens to know someone to call who can help. Why anyone would call this a good mystery is beyond me.
The ending falls flat, and was so contrived it made me glad I had finished the book, so I could hopefully do something to make up for the time I have lost reading it.
This one gets one star, which is one too many.
It’s sad when they start just calling it in. I imagine it’s because their publishers are putting the pressure on for more, more, more! Still, sad.