Published: March 2, 2004
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before-and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn’t five years ago. And when he peers into a family’s troubled history and Jamey’s brilliant, tormented mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high-profile case. Because Alex knows that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something terrible pushed Jamie over the edge-or else someone is getting away with murder.
Although Alex Delaware is one of my favorite book characters, I have to say I found this volume boring. There was so much dialogue and not really very much action and there was just too much description of psychotic behaviors, drugs,and treatments that it took away,at least for me, from the story line. There are twists and turns and an unexpected reason for all the drama but on the whole I was disappointed.
I have read many many of the Alex Delaware Series, but not from the early years so I think I will now find volumes one and two and see what they are like and hopefully there will be more action.