Health & Beauty

Therapy (KELLERMAN, JONATHAN)

Disappointing

I love Jonathan Kellerman’s stories about Alex Delaware and his friend Milo Sturgis, but this one, like Mr. Kellerman’s last book “Conspiracy Club,” was not up to par.

The plot got bogged down in the intricacies of government funding and Medi-Cal billing. The average citizen dislikes dealing with insurance in real life, so why would they want to read about it in their spare time? Too many characters contributed to this problem. I found it hard to care about Gavin Quick, and it was even harder to figure out whether he was a bad guy or a good guy. Ditto for his father, aunt, and ex-girlfriend. And why the long ramble about the girl who was found in the car with him? Background is one thing, Mr. Kellerman, but superfluous writing is quite another.
Go back to psychology and murder, and leave the California insurance business alone, Mr. Kellerman. Your books are much more enjoyable that way.

Boring and simple-minded plot, script, acting…whatever

I’ve found kellerman and his wife’s stuff were all mediocre and bored me to death. He’s one of the writers who I’ve dumped long time ago with Tony Hillerman, James Patterson, Jeffery Parker, Lawrence Block….since they’ve been dumped by me so long ago, I just couldn’t remember the full rejected list. To me, they are small-timer writers, could only deliver small-timer-like characters with small-timer-like formatted stories with lame-duck-like plots, not even worth to burn the oil and lose your balance sheet. To me, James Patterson is just like a lousy serial killer who could not do the real serial killings by himself but found out a way to ask the clueless readers to pay for his imaginary kills. As to kellerman, well, if I really got any psychi problem, I won’t go to him to seek cure either. Before he tells me time’s up, I’ve already left long time ago. So far, his only great creations are his books’ titles.

rating: 1 out of 5