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Book Review – Deception by Jonathan Kellerman

SynopsisMasterly storytelling and expert insight into the darkest of human compulsions make #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellermans Alex Delaware novels as compelling as they are addictive. And just when you think he has taken his spellbinding tales of mystery and psychological suspense to the limit, with Deception he takes a bold leap into terrifying and uncharted new territory. 

Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for helpto whoever may be listeningcomes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.s most prestigious prep schools. With Elise now dead by uncertain means, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy. And if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delawares psychological prowess, its now.

From the get-go, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down and dirty fight for justice. Allegations of rape, assault, and possibly murder at this esteemed institution renowned for molding Ivy Leaguers make for a social and political time bombespecially given that one of the students has connections high up in City Hall. As the scandal-conscious elite of L.A. close ranks around Windsor Prep, Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the hidden anguish, dirty secrets, and deadly sins festering among societys manor-born. But power and position are not easily surrendered, for thats when the best and the brightest turn brutal and ugly. Searching for predators among the privileged, Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap.

First Line:  “The woman had haunted eyes.”

Random Quote:  “A razor-straight shot through the agricultural bounty of Oxnard and Ventura took us past Carpenteria, where the Pacific became a western neighbor.  Flat, blue, breaking frothily, the water soft-sold peace of mind.”

Review:  It seems that I’ve been writing about reading comfort food for days now.  That’s because I’ve been recovering from gallbladder surgery (am much better now) and haven’t been worth much beyond reading.  I love Jonathan Kellerman, although I’ve been disappointed in his last two books.  He’s gone through a period where I wondered where he could be going with the series and it looked like it was going nowhere good.

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In Deception Kellerman really regains his footing.  Once again the partnership between Alex and Milo is at the center of events.  The story is interesting and complicated and full of wonderful twists and changes – nothing is what you expect.  I particularly like the friendship between Alex and Milo and I like how it’s grown.  As they’ve partnered together through the years they’ve each learned things from the other and the partnership itself feels as solid as any marriage.

Good narrative, great plot, and it was the perfect read for a convalescent.  Thanks Mr. Kellerman for keeping me entertained!

FTC Disclosure:  Borrowed from the Berkeley Public Library

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Reading Challenges:  Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge

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