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Doctors believe that they can successfully treat five-year-old cancer patient, Woody Swope. But Woody's parents, members of a cult called 'The Touchers', are not only refusing the treatment, they're also threatening to remove him from the hospital. Psychologist Alex Delaware, is called in to talk the parents round. But before he can, the Swopes are gone and so is Woody. AlDoctors believe that they can successfully treat five-year-old cancer patient, Woody Swope. But Woody's parents, members of a cult called 'The Touchers', are not only refusing the treatment, they're also threatening to remove him from the hospital. Psychologist Alex Delaware, is called in to talk the parents round. But before he can, the Swopes are gone and so is Woody. All that remains is a savagely ransacked and bloodied motel room, their teenage daughter, Nona, and an increasingly sinister case to solve.....

Title : Blood Test
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Blood Test Reviews

  • Ami
    2019-01-17 09:11

    The second book of Alex Delaware series definitely DID NOT appeal to me like the first book. Maybe because the first half of the book, it only talked about a kid who suffered cancer and ended up missing with the rest of the family (possibly brought back to this cult who called themselves The Touch) and a minor case about a messed up father who lost custody. Well, it was boring :(I guess, when I pick up a mystery / thriller book, I always need a dead body, a case to solve. The dead bodies (as mentioned in the blurb) didn't really show until the second half part, and for me it was a tad too long for me to end up caring. ALTHOUGH, after Alex became determined to find what was going wrong with the cult and to find out whether the kid was still alive, all dark secrets that were so, SO FUCKED UP came into the surface. It was horrible, horrible stuffs. So the second half balanced out the first half, I still thought this was okay. I really liked Alex. He had compassion and good sense of justice. Plus, even if Alex wasn't a detective, he knew how to defend himself. By the way, Milo wasn't around much and I missed that guy. I still want to read the rest of the series though (yes, I know, 27 more). But I'll take it easy ...PS: You know a book was written in the 1980s because Robin sent a LETTER to Alex to inform that she would be leaving Japan. Today, one just sends text messages, or email, or even leave a status on their social media account

  • Larry Bassett
    2018-12-26 13:12

    This is the second book in the Alex Delaware series. A protagonist, hero who drives a Cadillac Seville is not my type even if a talks a good psychological game. Alex’ choice of cars takes him down a notch in my view. Makes him a bit ostentatious as far as I am concerned. But that is likely a relatively meaningless quibble in the big picture. In my first two encounters with Alex I liked reading his psychological observations. But this book may have gone beyond the pale as far as I am concerned.This is my third Delaware book, my second in a row since it is the second half of an Omnibus edition that I scored online. After this one I plan to skip forward quite a few years to the twenty-third book in the series to see how Alex has matured. Jonathan Kellerman has clearly been a successful author with this series although some longtime readers observe that this series has not aged as well as it might have while still getting good reviews. But Kellerman deserves some credit for getting to the twenty-ninth book in the series in 2014. I am not necessarily dedicated to reading them all but I do have a half dozen or so of the midrange series on my shelf from a binge Delaware used book buying episode some time ago.From the start of Blood Test with a fistfight with newly divorced father, it looks like we will be focusing on manic/depressive. That’s what it was called back in the eighties before it got so popular with the moniker “bipolar,” the wildly popular replacement for what used to be the psychiatric rage: schizophrenia. (view spoiler)[ But it turns out that incest and perversion are the more dominant themes. (hide spoiler)]Alex is still formally retired from being a psychologist but doing consultant work to keep life interesting. He has enough money at the ripe old age of thirty-four that he really doesn’t have to work for money, just enough to keep his pet author in stories to fill an annual book contract. I am reminded, and remember from the first book, that Alex knows just enough about karate to defend himself against the psychotics who plague the life of our average murder/mystery crime fighter. There is evidence that this story is rooted firmly in the 1980s, as it is. One reminder of the time frame is the presence of Laetrile, an alternative cancer cure made from apricot pits most commonly obtained in Mexico. The absence of computers and cell phones is another indicator that we are in another era. These symptoms of the era do not noticeably distract from the enjoyment of the early stages of the story any more than the Seville. I would say that the raunch level is ultimately too high for my comfort level – too much junk in the final quarter of the book.Author Kellerman interestingly explains how he makes his psychotherapist morph into a detective: I’d been trained in the art of psychotherapy, the excavation of the past as a means of untangling the present and rendering it liveable. It’s detective work of sorts, crouching stealthily in the blind alleys of the unconscious. And it begins with the taking of a careful and detailed history. Four people had perished unnaturally. If their deaths seemed a jumble of unrelated horrors, I knew it was because such a history was missing. Because insufficient respect had been paid to the past.That had to be remedied. It was more than an academic exercise. There were lives at stake. This story fails on the “who’s-most-fucked-up?” criteria. There is really no character so redeeming that s/he counterbalances the more than several who are well beyond the pale. It is hard to imagine the hero salvaging anything good from many of the characters in this book. Most of the bad guys in this Kellerman nightmare are dead at the end – and we are happy for that. So, although this book kept me turning the pages, I cannot give it more than three stars. I wanted more humanity and less depravity.

  • Brenda
    2019-01-04 09:04

    When psychologist Dr Alex Delaware was asked to meet Woody Swope and his family, he had no idea where this meeting would lead him. Woody was five years old and had cancer. His doctor at the cancer clinic was an old friend of Alex’s and valued his expertise; the family were not convinced treatment was helping Woody and they were threatening to remove him from the hospital.Playing checkers with Woody had Alex realizing he was a sweet, innocent child, one who had a good chance of surviving with the treatment they had down for him. But meeting his sister Nona, a beautiful red head who seemed sullen but volatile made him wonder about the parents; he organised to meet them for a family discussion, hoping he could make a difference. On arrival at the hospital the next morning, Alex discovered Woody had been spirited away in the night; the whole family had just vanished.With Detective Milo Sturgis, Alex began the investigation into Woody’s disappearance. Time was NOT on their side – Woody would die without medical intervention. But the following days were filled with intrigue, drama, danger and horror! Would Alex and Milo find Woody and his family before it was too late?This psychological thriller was brilliant! A totally gripping tale with a fantastic plot which kept me on the edge of my seat! I thoroughly enjoy Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series and have no hesitation in recommending this one highly.

  • Rosey Whiting
    2019-01-10 10:03

    I enjoyed Blood Test. Johnathan Kellerman is a fabulous writer. This is the second book in the Alex Delaware series, and I can honestly say that it was better than the first, which in my experience isn't usually true. I've almost always thought that the first book or movie in a series is the best. I really like Kellerman. There was one instance in the book that Alex had the flu, and his great description had me feeling like I had the same thing Alex did (in my head). His descriptions of locations and people really help you visualize things as they happen.My brother once asked me why I would rather read a book than watch a movie and I told him that when a writer, like Kellerman, describes something, I visualize it, I use my imagination to see what he writes. It's so much better because I make my own conclusions and go whatever speed I want to. This book is an eye opener to the lives and behaviors of children and adults who live a tormented life. It's a lot of analyzing human characteristics with the added edge of suspense and events that keep you turning the pages.

  • Stephan
    2019-01-19 09:52

    This is only the second book I have read from this author. The first was also part of the Alex Delaware series. The book started out in the court room where a crazed father loses visitation rights to his children. He confronts or solicits help from Alex to help regain his visitation rights. When Alex will not help, his pled for help turns into threat. The story then quickly shifts gears to an 11 year old boy who has cancer. Alex is contacted by an old friend to consult on the case. However after Alex visited the boy (Woodey) once, he and his family disappears. Alex spends the entire book solving the mystery of the family's disappearance. I gave it three stars. This was not a long book, however it never really turned into an action packed I-can't-put-this-book-down thriller until the last 100 pages. Up to that point, it was all background and dialogue. To be fair, the last 100 pages tied everything together and was ended up a very good story line. I just almost got bored before I got to that point. Also, it was two story lines going. The story in the beginning about the child visitation hearing had nothing to do with the main story line. I kept thinking the author would tie the two together, but it never happened. I almost felt like he started with this first story and then changed his mind and wrote a completely different story. Then he did not start over. He just kept going and could not tie the two story lines together. Not sure how I feel about this series now. This one was early in the series, maybe just not well written. Any opinions on this series / author?

  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    2018-12-31 07:07

    Alex is called in to help a former colleague when the parents of a child with cancer want to remove him from treatment (they have an older daughter who is rather wild). Before he can speak to them though they disappear with the little boy. Then the parents turn up dead.Where is Woody and his big sister Nona? Are they dead too? Did a local cult (called The Touch) have anything to do with it?I certainly enjoyed this more than the first book (although I did guess Nona's real relationship to Woody quite early on). Again, most of the characters are rather unpleasant and Alex goes into hero mode quite quickly. I'm not entirely certain what the cult aspect of the story brought to things overall (I'm not sure the leader would have fallen for Alex's act at the end - especially when one of the members knew Alex).The subplot concerning a divorce case gone bad seemed a convenient way to use a case of mistaken identity to put Alex in further danger - didn't seem quite right.Let's see what happens with the next one.

  • Nancy
    2018-12-27 07:48

    Alex is asked to consult with a family whose five year old son is battling cancer. Although treatable, he picks up a strange vibe from the family, which is then corroborated when the boy is mysteriously removed from the hospital and the family disappears. Alex and his cop friend Milo investigate and find out the disturbing secrets behind the family regarding the boy and his older teen sister. I never thought of exotic greenhouse flowers the same way after this book.

  • Steve
    2018-12-29 07:02

    This one is better with age. I'd given it four starts before for some reason, but it is a five star book. As before, I'd forgotten the details but not the plot. Great book!

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-01-08 13:12

    Alex has a new challenge - a child with cancer whose parents refuse to allow treatment. Only what should have been a somewhat cut and dried case turns nasty when the family disappears, then the parents are found murdered. Alex is on the trail again, this time with a child's life in the balance. This definitely had a rather twisted storyline. It's funny, going back and reading these books from the beginning of the series as it gives me such a different perspective on Alex. I came into the series somewhere around the middle, and so here I see where Alex isn't quite as fleshed out, and we're still discovering the other characters and all their quirks. I still find that I love Milo dearly, which is nice to see, even if he must get tired of being called every time Alex gets so much as a parking ticket. :PIf you're a fan of the Alex Delaware books, I'd say read this one. If you're new to the character and the series, this one might seem a little slow at times. But it's still worth a read, so definitely hang in there.

  • Lorna Collins
    2019-01-09 10:02

    I read Jonathan Kellerman because of his exquisite mastery of the English language. Unfortunately, in the early books, Alex Delaware is too much of a superhero. He is injured, beat up, shot, and he bounces back. The later books are more cerebral, and Alex uses his skill as a psychologist to deal with threatening situations. SPOILER: This book contains not one but two endless monologues summarizing what really happened. And both contain facts new to the reader. I gave this one a better review than the book deserved only because of the excellent writing and Kellerman's ability to keep the reader engaged.

  • Ken Schloman
    2019-01-08 04:59

    Second book in the Alex Delaware series is a good read but seems to develop slowly. I do like the Delaware character but there is something about the writer's style that seems to slow the pace of the novel. At times it seems that there is over description, which creates a slow pace. I honestly prefer the writing of his wife, Faye Kellerman. Still the author develops a complex plot and story. If the reader likes complex thrillers that peer into the darker parts of humanity, the novel is well worth the read.

  • Caitlin
    2018-12-27 10:13

    This is classic twisted, wild Jonathan Kellerman. It's pulpy to be sure, and the writing isn't refined, but it kept me gasping in shock all the way to the end. Perfect audiobook for long road trips and boring plane rides.

  • Melanie Chabrol-
    2019-01-15 10:48


  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-01-21 04:51

    onathan Kellerman, Blood Test (Signet, 1986)I spent most of this book waiting for that proverbial other shoe. Kellerman, in my mind, has always been one of those Andrew Vachss-style one-trick ponies who blames all of the world's problems on one narrow, and possibly specious, band of the psychotherapeutic spectrum. I hasten to add that I based that opinion on reviews and a cursory reading of Kellerman's first Alex Delaware novel, When the Bough Breaks, a few years back (I read it in tandem with one of Vachss' books, which may have further colored my thinking). Removed from both Vachss and the rather amateurish effort of Kellerman's first novel, I picked up Blood Test more as a way to pad the numbers for 2001-- skim fifty pages, dump it, chalk up another book in the it's-been-read pile. Blood Test, however, surprised me.Alex Delaware returns, this time to try and hunt down a kidnapped cancer patient. The list of suspects isn't too long, but it's certainly juicy-- the kid's parents (who have also gone missing), an alternative-medicine-loving pot-smoking ex-hippie doctor, and an organically-minded SoCal cult founded by an ex-Beverly Hills lawyer who got shot in the head. Oh, yeah, and the everpresent "random crime" theory. Add to this Delaware's being stalked by the extremely angry husband in a recently-finished child custody case who lost and lost big (and blames Delaware, of course), and you get 400 pages of pretty-durn-good mystery.The shoe does drop, of course. What makes Kellerman predictable isn't whodunit, but whytheydunit. In relation to many mystery writers, this is quite the handicap, because knowing the why before you open the cover will certainly narrow the playing field (and anyone with a passing acquaintance with Alex Delaware will know the why of it at that point). On the up side, though, Kellerman's one-man crusade isn't nearly the week-old scrod that Andrew Vachss' one-man crusade is, and that makes Kellerman a whole lot more readable. Standard mystery fare, but easy reading and compelling enough to keep the pages turning. ** 1/2

  • Eugenie
    2019-01-08 10:08

    There was a great deal of irrelevant information which for me had the effect of overshadowing the real storyline and making the novel somewhat confusing

  • Kaykay Obi
    2019-01-08 07:45

    Alex Delaware has been asked by a friend, a pediatric oncologist, to speak with a family who is considering refusing cancer treatment for their son. The family is gone before he gets the chance to do so, leaving him a dark and bizarre case to solve.This is my first Delaware read. I loved the book. Fast-paced, suspenseful and intriguing, I couldn't put it down. My put off, however was the over description - sometimes a page is dedicated to character description. Also I didn't like Alex's over involvement in the case. Left me wondering where the police were. As for the description, I'd forgive Alex - he's a psychologist and psychologists tends to notice things in details.I'd have given it three stars, but the ending had me hooked. I love such twisted endings in a book, especially if it had me guessing wrongly all the while. I love the family stories and insight into the psychology of the characters, especially Nona.I have read Twisted and The Conspiracy Club, both Kellerman books. Think I'd go next for another Alex Delaware read. Mr. Kellerman is definitely a good writer.I give him **** on this one.

  • Sheila
    2019-01-23 09:59

    I'm torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. While I did enjoyed Blood Test I have to admit the end was a little hokey. Alex's crime-fighting cape must prevent him from being arrested for all the crime he commits, as well as preventing him from ever being seen sneaking around until he is in a room with no exits. (Seriously, Jonathan Kellerman, is this going to be a theme?)Two plus points (besides the fact I kind of liked the plot of this better than the first book) - more Milo and less Robin. Unfortunately Milo hightailed it to D.C. right when things were starting to heat up. And when I say 'heat up' I really mean "blah blah boring boring more blah boring end". There really wasn't enough action for me in the last third of the book. I like the character of Alex Delaware though, so it didn't annoy me as much as say Alex Cross. Plus, I've been know to skim the boring parts until I get to a point.

  • Linda
    2018-12-25 11:55

    2nd novel in the Alex Delaware series. Dr. Delaware, psychologist and his friend, detective Milo Sturgis, investigate the disappearance from a hospital of a very ill 5-year old boy, who urgently needs treatment. While the story as such is potentially interesting, hardly anything happens in the first part. The continuous lengthy and irrelevant discussions with an overkill of details, are very annoying... E.g."he was wearing a belt with an oversized buckle in the shape of an Indian Chief" or "his feet were large and his toes were long". Every little detail is fully described. The author should have left something to the imagination of the reader. The pages of descriptions of plants are utterly boring. Although the brain doctor expresses a genuine interest in the well being of the little boy, and the writer proves he has a solid medical background, the fact htat Alex is playing detective, does not care too much about ethics and becomes violent by attacking his opponents, is negatively impacting the credibility of the story.

  • CF
    2019-01-03 05:14

    Very good read. Everyone and everything is somehow connected in this thriller. Starring Alex Delaware, a semi-retired psychologist who specializes in children and families. Delaware gets mixed up in a case that has the Swope family at it's heart, trying to pull a severley ill child out of hospital, and the Moody family, trying to put their family back together after Mr Moody was found guilty of trying to kidnap his children. Rape, abuse, murder, intrigue, mystery, cultism and odd characters are all covered in this very comprehensive, yet not too long, disection of the human mind. The issue of nature vs nurture is touched on here, and how human characters react and change according to the situations they are put in. Delaware is a likeable character, who tends to attract very weird people into his life. Kellerman invokes an excellent prose and unbelievably involved scenarios. I would like to read more of his work.

  • Tom Tabasco
    2019-01-21 10:09

    Second book by Kellerman on Delaware. You can still feel the not-yet-mature writer here and there, although his first-person Voice is definitely already present, and some dialogues are very strong. Overall nicely constructed, in a very traditional way, but I felt it lost rythm and grip too often.Delaware doesn't feel very human, in this book. In some scenes, he is all buddy buddy and sensitive and heroicly altruistic. In other scenes, he is cold, super-hero like, to the point of being impossible to believe as a real human being. As for the background, JK wrote this book in the early 80s, and it's fascinating to be reminded of this totally different world where cell phones did not exist, no electronic gadgets or google, and psychology was still considered a respectable science.

  • Gwen
    2018-12-26 12:56

    An entertaining read, but not one of his best. There are three different plots. The author attempts to tie them all together, but the book has a stop-and-go, "meanwhile, back at the ranch," feel. Once the reader settles into one storyline, an old one rears its head. The characters are nevertheless fully fleshed with dialogue, appearance, actions, and reactions, making Blood Test, for the most part, an enjoyable read.I did not enjoy the scenes designed to horrify or titillate. I thought they could have been more skillfully handled. It is enough to know that evil exists; the reader doesn't need to be bludgenoned with it. Kellerman's prose in these scenes felt disturbingly voyeuristic: heavy-handed and hedonistic.That said, I read it from start to finish and may re-read it again.

  • Robin
    2019-01-13 12:14

    This book didn't grip me right away as the first did; it felt like it took awhile to get going. I also had a more difficult time suspending my disbelief in this one. To be fair, book one had a similar array of seeming disparate parts tied into a pretty bow by the end, but for this book to have the same trope was a little much even for me. Eventually I started just rollin' with it, and it turned into an interesting ride. As I'm getting going in this series, I am definitely enjoying the trip back to the 1980s-- legwarmers! smoking in hospitals! zero personal electronics! Kellerman really knows how to paint a setting; and it is all the more impressive as his mysteries manage to avoid feeling dated.

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-23 05:08

    I picked up this one and a couple of other early entries in this series when amazon offered them on sale for Kindle. It's very interesting going back to read the second book in a series that's now more than 25 books strong - the plot is more baroque and less thematically dense than recent books, and the hero-team of Alex and Milo was both on its own and struggling against institutional indifference to their efforts at best, hindrances at worst. That's in sharp contrast to the latest, where they have creditability, a little clout, and a small cadre of helpers. The strengths are about equivalent, but different, between older and newer books.

  • Tami
    2019-01-22 07:03

    My least favorite Kellerman book to date (I've read a whopping 4 now). Although he merge two unsuspecting story lines together masterfully, the story was riff with incest, sexual exploits of a cult. I did not like the PORNO mixed in with my Murder Death Kill storyline. I SKIPPED many many pages in this novel and surprised I actually finished it. The ending was "too perfect" as everything got tied up in a nice shiney bow. BLAHI do NOT recommend this book to anyone ... especially NOT for one sexually abused.

  • Martha
    2019-01-17 10:02

    The second in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware mysteries. A bit too tidily netted together but entertaining none-the-less if you like the crime-solving-hero who is independently wealthy, has a perfect girlfriend, and is a magnet for unscrupulous weirdos.

  • CatherineMustread
    2018-12-31 08:02

    Family dysfunction to the max is at the heart of this mystery, #2 in the Alex Delaware child psychologist series set in Southern California. Cults, perversions, kid with cancer, corrupt cops and a former big time LA lawyer combine in this thriller.

  • Susan
    2019-01-07 10:59

    So good. On the the next in the series.

  • Strawberry Fields
    2019-01-19 07:54

    I continue to love this series. The investigations of the police who have a psychologist on the scenes and interviews give a different perspective on the crimes and the people who commit them.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-12-28 12:11

    An excellent series, the beginning of a long standing saga with Alex and Milo working to solve detective crimes with a psychological bend.

  • Karla Burrow
    2018-12-26 07:08

    Pg. 432 "I drove east on Sunset slowly and thought about families...A good chunk of my life had been spent sorting out the scrambled communications, festering hostilities, and frozen affections that characterized families in turmoil. It was easy to believe that nothing worked. That blood ties strangled the soul...There were families that worked, that nurtured and loved. Places in the heart where a soul could find refuge." Alex is called by Dr. Melendez-Lynch to try and convince a family that what they are doing to their child, who has cancer, is the right thing. However, it turns out to be a much bigger problem than meets the eye.There was another little side story, involving a murder that never really got resolved. I would have like to figure out who done it and get more of the background story on it. This book was insane! The story about the Swope family was both horrible and sickening. I just can't fathom a more unrealistic way to treat any family member like that. It's just awful! Also, I couldn't help but feel that I was missing some information. Kind of like reading a series out of order. Plus, that other story that was added in seemed a bit random. It didn't really fit into the main plot at all.Overall, this book was good, but I don't know if I will continue on with the series if it will include the horrible situations such as this one was.