“When a series of horrifying events occurs in the same upscale LA neighbourhood, homicide detective Milo Sturgis calls on psychologist Alex Delaware to help link the eerie incidents. But even Alex’s vast experience might not be enough to draw out the distrubing truth of this chilling case.
Alex little imagines the decadent quagmire of unholy truths and grisly sacrifice simmering below the surface of this privileged, sheltered world. And before their work is done, Alex and Milo must confront a deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.”
4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publishers as part of this blog tour but had already read it previously. My review is my honest opinion of the book.
I have to start out by saying I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman and his Alex Delaware novels. I’ve read all of his books including the stand alone novels and have his new novel Killer on my to read list. I love to be welcomed back to the world of Alex, Milo and co and look forward to a new book with relish.
Guilt has the components of any Alex Delaware novel, a gruesome murder, intrigue and evil. The story opens with the discovery of the bones of an infant in the garden of a large house in a prosperous district. Alex is called to help Milo investigate. Further remains are found a short time after, but these remains are more recent. Soon Alex and Milo are on the hunt for the monster who has committed the crimes.
There are the usual twists and turns with this novel, Alex stumbling upon clues and coming across information that leads him to heartbreak from the past and introduces him to the strange world of a Hollywood superstar couple.
This book is what I’ve come to expect from a Delaware mystery. Alex works closely with his friend Milo aided by his long term girlfriend, Robin. Jonathan Kellerman’s style of staccato speech for Alex is evident in Guilt, and seems to be becoming more of a trait.
You don’t have to read the other Delaware novels before this one as each can be read as a stand alone novel. The back story of Alex and his girlfriend Robin, and his developed relationship with Milo that is created in the previous books is explained at some point in each subsequent novel.
I enjoyed Guilt in the same way I always enjoy a Jonathan Kellerman novel and I look forward to reading the latest instalment, Killer.