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Jonathan Kellerman has made the psychological thriller his own gripping province with his bestselling series of Alex Delaware novels. Now, Delaware’s new adventure leads the sleuthing psychologist on a harrowing exploration into the realm he knows best: the human psyche, in all its complexity, mystery, and terrifying propensity for darkness.“Been a while since I had me a nJonathan Kellerman has made the psychological thriller his own gripping province with his bestselling series of Alex Delaware novels. Now, Delaware’s new adventure leads the sleuthing psychologist on a harrowing exploration into the realm he knows best: the human psyche, in all its complexity, mystery, and terrifying propensity for darkness.“Been a while since I had me a nice little whodunit,” homicide detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. But there’s definitely nothing nice about the brutal tableau behind the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover’s lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each bears a single gunshot wound to the head. The female victim has also been impaled by a metal spike. And that savage stroke of psychopathic fury tells Milo this case will call for more than standard police procedure. As he explains to Delaware, “Now we’re veering into your territory.”It is dark territory, indeed. The dead woman remains unidentified and seemingly unknown to everyone. But her companion has a name: Gavin Quick—and his troubled past eventually landed him on a therapist’s couch. It’s there, on familiar turf, that Delaware hopes to find vital clues. And that means going head-to-head with Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, a popular celebrity psychologist who fiercely guards the privacy of her clients . . . dead or alive.But when there’s another gruesomely familiar murder, Delaware surmises that his investigation has struck a nerve. As he trolls the twisted wreckage of Quick’s tormented last days, what he finds isn’t madness, but the cold-blooded method behind it. And as he follows a chain of greed, corruption, and betrayal snaking hideously through the profession he thought he knew, he’ll discover territory where even he never dreamed of treading.As provocative as it is suspenseful, Therapy is premier Kellerman that finds the award-winning author firing on all creative cylinders—and carrying readers on an electrifying ride to a place only he can take them, for an experience they won’t soon forget....

Title : Therapy
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ISBN : 9780345452603
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Number of Pages : 497 Pages
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Therapy Reviews

  • Jerry B
    2019-02-20 13:37

    Uneven Delaware story -- almost too complex a plot...Kellerman fans (the people that really know all his books), as opposed to the "professional" reviewers, will find this latest psychologist Alex Delaware novel, as usual featuring co-star gay detective Milo Sturgis, somewhat puzzling. If we didn't know Alex and Milo well, we might well find their characters enigmatic, with inconsistent action and a pursuit of the clues that borders on hobbyist. When a young couple is found murdered, with an unnecessary impalement of the female victim, Milo and Doc Delaware pick up the case almost on a whim since they were nearby. [Apparently Sturgis can partner with Alex almost at will -- how his presumably high bills get paid is conveniently never addressed...:] While the male is quickly ID'd, it takes much of the book to discover who the female is, generating much of what true suspense there was. The rest of the plot gets embroiled with a loosely knit firm of three psychologists specializing in private patient therapy (hence the title) who, as the plot unfolds, seem to be involved in a highly shady billing scheme involving ex-cons as both patients and, well, patient pimps. Before it's over, one of the three gets offed, the murdered boy's father disappears, and the storyline twists and turns in the wind. The ending is unusually inconclusive, with our stars making some very interesting value judgments about which bad guys to pursue and which not, an outcome we perceived as ridiculously unrealistic.Kellerman has always been a good story teller, but it seems his quality varies more widely as his quantity increases. Delaware's love life, frequently a tiresome thing with "ex" Robin, is a little more normal with new lover Allison, but their shop talk gets to be a bit much. A token cameo by Robin and her dog was just silly filler, and the scenes with Delaware playing "good cop / bad cop" with Sturgis went down poorly. We were more than tired of the multiple bad guys, and by the end barely cared who did what. This strikes us as a book that needed to be edited better -- improve the professionalism of the principles; shorten the billing fraud thing which should be contained to the sub-plot that it is (we can figure out ourselves it provides motive); and humanize the dead boy's family by opening up the true facts sooner; and we might have something here. As it is, it's a lukewarm entry in the series.

  • Cyn
    2019-02-04 14:53

    I've been finding many of the Alex Delaware novels somewhat 'meh' lately, but this novel redeemed the series a bit for me. Sometimes I wonder why I keep up with the series because there are some things that grate on me: The minute details of what a person wears, how they look, what they're eating, etc., etc., after 18 books of this, it feels a little over done sometimes. Also, even though Alex Delaware is the protagonist of the series I actually don't feel a compelling connection with him as a character. The other players in the series feel more alive than Delaware himself. Alex often comes off as disconnected from the emotion of everything, almost non-feeling, empty, emotionally boring. It's hard to explain, but I can say it is frustrating as a reader. I suspect this won't change, and I probably will continue with the series (I've made it this far, after all).What I liked about this latest entry was the depth of the plot - it was very well-done and didn't feel as 'out there' as some of the others did. Recommended for any Delaware fan.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-02-22 14:57

    The idea that a double killing has occurred because of some 'unknown perp's' jealousy is turned upside down when the dead girl is not who everyone thought. Who was she? But the activities of the young dead man, Gavin Quick, identified by ID in his wallet, and the follow-up with his family has Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis and Dr. Alex Delaware soon running down a dozen possible suspects. Not only is the Quick family devastated by Gavin's murder, they all were messed up from an earlier incident. Last year Gavin was in a car accident and suffered a brain injury which had a drastic effect on his life. He had to drop out of college and he developed an obsessive compulsive disorder. His shallow Beverly Hills girlfriend left him, but he could not stop thinking about sex. Everyone agrees Gavin became slightly deranged and out of control. His formerly neat room is now messy with reams of paper he has been filling with observations, along with general garbage and dirty clothes. There was something definitely wrong with Gavin.His estranged father, mysterious metals-dealer Gerry, and his alcoholic mother Sheila have been trying to help Gavin find a new life and psychiatric care. Unfortunately, the recommended psychologist Mary Lou Koppel is a popular radio and television personality first, a therapist second, and she has secrets that Gavin apparently was beginning to unravel. Koppel is one of three psychologists partnering together on a variety of linked enterprises to help ex-cons become more stable, or so they say. Some criminals have been hired by the partnership to work around their building and a variety of halfway houses, but they do not appear to work very often or effectively, and there does not appear to be much therapy happening.It is a good thing Milo and Alex are working together on this mystery as its intricate designs demand every resource the two of them can muster. Their contacts and the wearing down of shoe leather are more important to solving the case - or is it cases? - as well as their puzzled debates over the mounting evidence, than any revelations either of them have. There are too many suspects and too many signs of chicanery and illegal wrongdoing. Which of them are responsible for Gavin and his unknown friend being killed?I kept thinking of the Grand Master of the Mystery, Agatha Christie, while reading this. There are dozens of suspects and a lot of nefarious webs of crime strung all over this case! I found the book highly entertaining, but this is a real puzzler. Fans of 'The Ice and Fire' series will think it a snap to read, but others may find the huge cast of characters annoying.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-06 13:33

    This book strained credibility for a few reasons: Milo can just pick and choose his cases, just because he was nearby eating dinner? Alex can partner up with him any time he wants to? Is Alex getting paid by the police department? Alex's sleuthing never conflicts with any other work obligations? The murders tied back to a connection in Rwanda? Really?

  • Steve
    2019-02-18 09:51

    Ugh...really? I just wasted the last week on this. Entertaining...yes...sort of. Preposterous...yes ma'am. Absolutely ridicurous... Not the most ridicurous i've ever read (that's still The Langdon base jump from a helicopter and using his jacket as a parachute in Angels and Demons - although I actually liked that book). But come on...psychologists in a Rwanda-tied terror plot. Seriously? And does every character need a motive? Can't we meet one person (other than the strip club manager - who knew?) who doesn't have some reason to be involved? And do we really need to be so OCD to detail every turn of the car... Seriously, this was a 497 page book that could have been 450 if simply took out the detailed directions. And is the LA PD really paying this psychologist to tag along for all this. Is this a good use of taxpayer dollars. Good read if bored and you need something farcical. However, I'm pretty sure I lost brain cells here. The most frightening concept here is "NY Times Bestseller." Really people? There's nothing else out there? Sad part is there are some good authors out there that will never crack that list.For disclosure purposes, this is apparently the 18th "Alex Delaware" book. But it's the first for me. Maybe the characters develop more in the first few. Dunno. Maybe the others are less ridiculous. Dunno. Not sure I want to find out...No idea where this one came from. Picked it up when living in PA...I think it was being thrown out by someone and I claimed it. If only providence had let me leave it to the rubbish collectors. The only value this has to me at this point is a trade in at a book swap. Editor's note: On March 7, 2013 I noticed I had marked this as 2-stars. This is an oversight of mammoth proportions. I have updated to 1-star, although zero would be much more appropriate.

  • Nada Loughead
    2019-01-26 13:33

    An older Alex and Milo escapade - this time into Alex's profession of psychologists gone wrong. I read these older books just to fill in the gaps of Alex's personal life.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-02-11 10:45

    Ill never tire of this authors writing.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-30 15:46

    I used to say that all Mary Higgins Clark books were really the same book, but that was okay because, you know, it was still a pretty good book. That's sort of how I feel about this series. At this point I am just reading to spend time with Milo and Alex. The plots are ridiculously complicated and far-fetched, but if you like Alex Delaware novel(s), this one's between three and four stars. Even as I write this, I can't decide between three and four. All I know is it's much better than two.A propos nothing, I've noticed that Kellerman dedicates most of his books to his wife, Faye, but this one is dedicated to the memory of Warren Zevon. I found that interesting. In the sense that I kind of know what it means to dedicate a book about psycho-killers to your wife because you dedicate all your books to your wife, but I don't know what it means to dedicate your psycho-killer book to the memory of a dead guy. I hope Faye's feelings were not hurt.

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-01 15:46

    His books are all so good and quite creepy too. The only problem I have with Kellerman's books is there are so very many side characters, and some of them are mentioned only briefly (ex. not from book but generic) Milo had seen Freddy Kruger eating waffles at his favorite restaurant that morning and noted he seemed unusually pleased with himself as he polished his steel claw fingernails. Well, then 100 some odd pages later LO! Freddy is - not the killer because even that would be too easy - but the brother's sister's n'er do well nephew who bought bad drugs from some other random person who had tripped over Alex & Robin's pet dog Spike while jogging oon the beach and HIS great great grandfather whom all had believed dead was the killer! I am always turning pages backwards frantically trying to find this elusive person who is suddenly crucial to the case.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-06 11:47

    Alex Delaware is my favorite of Jonathan Kellerman's protagonists. I love his friendship with Milo. I always get wrapped up into his story and why he takes on cases - as much about his own issues as to help the people.

  • Astraia
    2019-02-19 08:42

    There are some great and surprising characters in this book who unfortunately do nothing surprising. I think the reason I rated it so low is because the end disappoints. Prior to the ending, it is a page turning smart mystery. But you've got to have an ending.

  • Haneen Alnahar
    2019-01-30 07:41

    3 stars because the book was confusing and too detailed but it was amazing in the same time. I dont know how to explain it. Mr Kellerman is probably my favorite crime writer at the moment. Different and entertaining.

  • Susan
    2019-02-16 07:31

    I really like Milo and Alex. I have read all of Jonathon Kellerman's novels. I have to honestly say that the older ones are better. These read as short stories more than novels. The best part of these novels is the relationship between the detective and the psychologist.

  • Linda
    2019-02-10 12:54

    Good summer read to relax with.

  • Sheryl
    2019-02-20 13:32

    #18 in the series (yes, I've read them all!) This is one of the very best of the full series, in my opinion.

  • Joan
    2019-01-31 13:29

    Jonathan Kellerman seldom disappoints. This Alex Delaware/Mile Sturgis mystery held my interest throughout and I read it in less than 24 hours.

  • Patrick
    2019-01-28 13:30

    The 18th in the series. Kellerman at his best! Dr Delaware probes the psyche, keeping the reader on the edge of the seat. This is a dark look at the human psyche!

  • JUDY Ott
    2019-02-06 11:46

    The usualDr.Delaware mystery who diagnoses who the killer could be by the type of murder the perp has committed. As he learns thru clues from his partner in the police , the two find the guy or gal who has committed a heinous crime for some past wrong by another person. Amazing escapes from. By the criminal help to add excitement to the chase. In this book Dr. Delaware consults with other psyc professional who drop clues to enlighten the Dr, Delaware. Hunches are followed by both the doctored the cop. Some are useless while others lead them to a different suspect.

  • Nerys Roberts
    2019-02-09 07:32

    Detective Milo Sturgis has caught a strange murder - a young man and woman in a convertible car, both shot but the female victim has been impaled with an iron bar. So Milo asks his psychologist friend Alex Delaware to help. The find a connection between this crime and the murder of a young teacher - both she and the male victim had seen the same therapist. Milo and Alex continue their investigations and try to find the perpetrator and the motive behind the killings. Enjoyable read.

  • Ktbird
    2019-02-17 10:56

    My mom would be disappointed that I started with this book, instead of book 1, but it somehow ended up on my bookshelf and I decided to give it a try. I found it to be a page turner, containing evil characters balanced by likable ones and enough suspicious behavior to keep me guessing all the way to the end.

  • Kem
    2019-02-15 13:39

    This book is mostly A disappointment. There were a few interesting parts, but a lot of boring parts. A lot of discussions, a lot of speculation, a lot of bad guys at varying levels. It became a guessing game of who did what. Lots of whos and lots of whats to choose from. The closing was also very disappointing.

  • Mom
    2019-02-02 07:32

    Formula crime novel featuring a shrink working with a gay police detective who is really hard to see as a gay guy since he's so macho big tough guy. Story involves a practice of psychiatrists involved in a series of murders. I like the way the two main characters try to figure out the mystery by raising theories, testing them and defeating or proving them with facts.

  • Marianne
    2019-02-02 11:50

    Alex and Milo, that intrepid duo are at it once again to foil the bad guys. All while indulging in eating, loving and clever dialogue. Reading this series is like visiting old friends. Trying to guess the villain is always a useless mind bending challenge. Always a surprise around the corner.

  • Barbara Rogers
    2019-02-09 14:33

    I found this book in the series seemed to drag on and had a plot that was unnecessarily complicated. I felt he was filling pages a lot of the time. I still love the characters and will continue on in the series hoping this book is an anomaly.

  • Linda Mulford
    2019-02-08 11:41

    Always enjoy Alex Delaware mysteries. Good plot. Nice pace to the narrative. Interesting take on fraud, murder with an international twist.

  • Al Stoess
    2019-02-04 12:32

    Maybe 3.5. Too long. Too many suspects. Too much time spend on possible suspects who really are not suspects.

  • Rita
    2019-02-09 07:31

    Dan and I both read this one and agreed that we thought it had good initial storyline, but then it rambled too many directions.

  • Lorraine
    2019-01-26 11:57

    Not one of my faves. But regardless I love Alex!

  • Gina
    2019-02-05 14:33


  • Mary Hammock
    2019-01-27 15:45

    Not much action. Kind of slow.497 Pages