Book Review: ‘Motive’ by Jonathan Kellerman

<img alt=”Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel” border=”0″ src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1419643912m/22926807.jpg” />Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel by motivehref=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/43626.Jonathan_Kellerman”>Jonathan Kellerman</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/893552991″>2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I consider myself a fan of Jonathan Kellerman, and especially of the Alex Delaware series; I own every book in the series, and have read most of them more than once. (In the past, when my stash of paperbacks were not stored in the garage, I’d have a Kellerman Marathon Weekend every few months, and binge read my way through the series!) Kellerman’s Detective Milo Sturgis, is one of my favorite characters in contemporary literature. I am always happy when a new book is released. But the last few books have been sadly lacking in the psychological twist that made the series unique, and “Motive” is lacking in more than that. It seems as if Kellerman is writing by rote, following an outline. Chapter 1: The Murder; Chapter 2: A Bit About the Victim; Chapter 3: Milo Eats.” By the end of the book, it’s difficult to care. In this case, we were given page after page of supposition, and, in comparison, very little action. The entire reason this series is so popular (at least from my point of view), is the unique psychological twist that their author gives them; if I wanted a standard crime story, I could get that anywhere. I read these because of that element: why the bad guys are who they are. ‘Motive’ seems to be sorely lacking in its title.

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