Book Review: Breakdown – Jonathan Kellerman ****

UK Publication Date: 02 Feb 2016. 432 pages.

Many years ago I was an avid fan of Dr Alex Delaware and I rushed to the library to get on the wait list when every new novel came out. I don’t really know why, but we drifted apart. There was no major crisis or event it just felt like we’d parted as friends and would be on occasional nodding terms.

“Breakdown” is the 31st novel featuring Alex and his police buddy Milo and it is like putting on a comfy pair of slippers. Alex is still with Robin but there is a new pooch on the scene. He’s still working as a child psychologist and doing consults for the LAPD.

Breakdown is a little slow to start. Beginning with ex actress Zelda being arrested and sectioned after a psychotic episode, Alex is bullied into assisting because his name is on file after treating her son Ovid five years earlier. Delaware becomes concerned when he realises that Zelda appears to be homeless and that there is no sign of her beloved Ovid. Two days after she is discharged from the facility Zelda is found dead. With Milo and Alex both involved in the search for her son and the truth behind her problems the story begins to unravel.

There is more preamble and story and less action than the Delaware novels that I remember but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kellerman does such a good job of setting the scene and crafting the characters that it feels like you are right there in the Hollywood Hills with him. It is a very readable thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right up to the final pages.

Supplied by Net Galley and Headline in exchange for an honest review.

You can get a copy of the book here: Breakdown

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