Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

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  • Digital
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0753114704
  • 9780753114704

Review Text

Jonathan Kellermans Alex Delaware thrillers have amassed a devoted following, and the reasons for this are readily apparent. Delaware (in such books as When the Bough Breaks and Over the Edge) has utilized his background as a paediatric psychologist to create a profession for his hero, a crack practitioner. In the first books, Alex, though officially retired, took on special cases referred to him, and a recurrent theme was that of damaged children, suffering from emotional or physical abandonment by parents. That is (to some degree) the theme of Flesh and Blood. When Alex Delaware first sees Lauren, she is a teenager with all the usual problems moody, uncommunicative, resentful of her parents. But years later, at a bachelor party, Alex finds himself watching two strippers go through a graphic display and one of them is the unhappy Lauren. Then she disappears and were off into familiar Delaware thriller territory, delivered with all the aplomb we expect from the reliable Kellerman. In earlier books, Alex was occasionally portrayed as being a little too prescient, but Kellerman has given his hero a satisfyingly conflicted emotional life, and his personal involvement here gives the story a strong underpinning of drama that counterpoints the central mystery and sharpens it at every point. Only Kellermans earlier Billy Straight displayed the same degree of penetrating psychological insight and unvarnished view of human nature here, the plotting is even more assured and trenchant. (Kirkus UK)show more