Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
An Alex Delaware Novel

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6 Critic Reviews

Ultimately Heartbreak Hotel is a slow, unsurprising, disappointing novel. Although the book ends with a great little colophon “About the Type,” which every publication should include for all the typography geeks out there, it’s not enough to turn this frown upside down.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Alex Delaware and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman.

At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.

What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions—about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.

When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman’s life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.

Heartbreak Hotel is classic Delaware and classic Kellerman.

Praise for Heartbreak Hotel

“Easy to dive into for mystery fans unfamiliar with the series, and a welcome treat for readers who have been with Officer Sturgis and Dr. Delaware since the beginning.”—Booklist

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman

“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times

“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press

“A master of the psychological thriller.”—People
 

About Jonathan Kellerman

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Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.
 
Published February 14, 2017 by Ballantine Books. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Heartbreak Hotel
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Dec 06 2016

Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale’s most charming character.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 22 2017

Alex and his friend on the LAPD, Milo Sturgis, look into Thalia’s past in an effort to identity the killer and the motive. The psychological insights Alex typically displays are few and barely relevant to the inquiry or its solution.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Michael J. McCann on Feb 13 2017

Ultimately Heartbreak Hotel is a slow, unsurprising, disappointing novel. Although the book ends with a great little colophon “About the Type,” which every publication should include for all the typography geeks out there, it’s not enough to turn this frown upside down.

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Huffington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie K Cooper on Feb 22 2017

In HEARTBREAK HOTEL, Jonathan Kellerman has created another compelling murder mystery. You get the insider’s view from Milo Sturgis’ vantage point, and the outsider’s view from Delaware’s. It is one of the best novels Kellerman has written in a couple of years and it renews your faith in his enduring talent.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Feb 16 2017

At the risk of repeating myself (speaking of growing old), one can take to the bank the proposition that Kellerman’s latest book will contain some of his best writing. Such is the case with HEARTBREAK HOTEL, which is a literary and (in parts) grisly triumph from beginning to end.

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Reviewed by Jill M. Smith on Feb 14 2017

There are plenty of twists to keep readers guessing, and the ageing Aventura hotel is almost a character itself. Excellent as always!

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