Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman


The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.

A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.

Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.

Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.–Description from

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Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 12, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0345505735

ISBN-13: 978-0345505736

My Review of “Guilt”

The beginning of this book drew me in and made me want to keep reading right away.

When a young, pregnant woman who has just bought her dream home discovers a small box buried in her yard, she opens the proverbial Pandora’s box, setting events into motion that will cause the familiar characters of previous Jonathan Kellerman novels to question everything they know about solving crimes.

What I found interesting about this book, is that things are occurring throughout the story, but most of the events are happening through description given in dialogue rather than through a lot of action.

If you are into novels that deal with a more psychological aspect of a crime rather than action scenes, this book will most likely keep you turning the pages. While I didn’t see the plot pacing that I was used to in some of Kellerman’s older novels, I ended up liking this book anyway.

For those who have read the previous novels that feature these characters, you will have the chance to spend time with your old friends again. For those who are new to the series, you may not be as well informed about the histories of the characters, but the book is good enough to stand on its own.

Although the finale of the book did tie up the loose ends, I was hoping for a little more excitement. All in all, this was a good addition to the series. I would recommend it to those who enjoy a nice puzzle.

This review is based on an ARC copy from the publisher. My opinions are my own.