Monday, September 15, 2014


Title/Author: Victims (Alex Delaware #27) by JonathanKellerman.

Narrator: John Rubenstein.

Genre:  Thriller

Publisher: Random House Audio.

Source: Library.

Synopsis: Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.

Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft—and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. “This one was different,” Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.

Midnyte Musings:  I used to love Jonathan Kellerman.  I started with When the Bough Breaks and tried to continue on with the Alex Delaware adventures.  There are many of them (as you can see from the title above) and it was difficult to keep up with all the books for me.  But whenever I did pick one up, I was thrilled with psychiatrist Alex and his sidekick cop pal, Milo Sturgis.  The crimes were scandalous, sometimes horrifying and at times even a bit titillating.  Also, while events occur in Alex's life, if I happened to read one out of order, I may have wondered what happened with some things in his personal life, but it never hindered the mystery. 

The particulars behind solving the case came across very realistic.  There is a lot of hard work portrayed.  Phone calls, going back over the case, files and "pounding the pavement."  I did appreciate this attention to details.  There was no wondering how they got from point A to point B. 

However, Victims is not one of my favorites.  In fact, when going into Goodreads to update my reading list, I almost forgot about it.  When I read Kellerman's books in the past, I was always fascinated by the human behavior of the characters and the reasoning behind their crimes.  I don't know if I am now jaded or if it just this book.  The plot kind of fell flat for me and while the crimes were gruesome the mystery behind them, including the criminals themselves were a bit anti-climactic.  Alex's involvement is important but he wasn't an important character for me. 

Although Victims was not that entertaining for me, I would keep trying Kellerman's books on audio.  I'm not sure I would continue with the printed books.

Narration:  My favorite character that Rubenstein portrays is Milo.  He sounds exactly like the grizzled, sarcastic, jaded cop that I had in my head.  A little gravelly and a lot of attitude.  There were many characters in this book and I was impressed that the narrator was able to distinguish all of them without going over the top. 

Starstruck over: The portrayal of Milo Sturgis is stellar. 


Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I'm definitely going to have to give Kellerman a try. I looked on Goodreads to see if I'd previously read one of his non-series books, but I don't think I have. Although, as I was scrolling through Bloglovin, I did think the title of this book was Vitamins, but that could be because I'm tired. ;)

Aurian said...

Nice review, if this was my genre I would certainly try the first one.

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