“This is one of those books that I picked up randomly at the library because I wanted something to listen to in the car and didn't feel like making a decision. I've heard of the author--one of those writers who cranks out a new novel every 6 months or so and seems to be a best-seller--so I grabbed it.
It's a convoluted mess of a story that centers around Alex Delaware, a psychologist whose profession involves interviewing children for court purposes, but he does consulting work on the side for the police department, apparently without getting paid, but does it anyway for his lieutenant friend, who is gay. The story is about two people who are found dead, and the police have to figure out who did it. We are lead down a long, meandering path investigating the private lives of a dozen different characters, all of which are a bunch of sex perverts of one type or another, so we are subjected to all kinds of weird triangles of who slept with whom and who they slept with and who is a hooker and it just goes on and on and on.
In the midst of all this, Alex is working with a client who is dying of cancer and needs his help transitioning her young son dealing with her upcoming death, and coincidentally she knows some of the players in the murder mystery.
Mini spoiler alert: The ending is abrupt and sudden and out of the blue wraps things up in a tidy bundle. I thought I had skipped a CD or something!
I've got to say, I didn't much like this story. I like a good mystery with twists and turns, but this was just too much. Everybody in the story was a sex addict doing it with everybody in sight. There are unnecessary elements to the plot, like the lieutenant being gay. It has NOTHING to do with the story, and is apparently there for the politically-correct token gay guy. The dying client seems to be there for no reason except to feed information to the police that they would never find out to solve the crime. How convenient. Throw in the young son to give Alex an excuse to be there. Wrap it all up with the dead client and the sad son at the end. I thought it was just too contrived and convoluted. The sex was gratuitous, the language was coarse. I give it two stars because it was good enough to listen to all the way to the end. I didn't have the urge to throw it out the window. Barely.”