The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis unravel a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling master of suspense.

"Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix." --Los Angeles Times

LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And there's no better place for the doctor's analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust . . . and suddenly faced with the specter of death.

Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners-themed wedding reception. But they're not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. What's missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day--and the groom is sure it's all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. Now they must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The party's over--and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.

"As usual, [Delaware and Sturgis] form a formidable team. Also as usual, the characters here are varied and described with gritty clarity, and the puzzle facing the duo involves a delightful mix of L.A. culture, this time from its dive bars to its much more serious side."-- Booklist
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525618492
Branch Call Number: FIC KELLE
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 25 cm.


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Aug 01, 2019

Author Stephen White published the last book in his very popular 'Alan Gregory' series in 2013. He knew when Alan Gregory and his investigator friend, Sam Purdy, had run their course. He left us wanting more and mourning the fact they wouldn't be back again.

Oh, that Jonathan Kellerman would learn that lesson.

When I reviewed the last Alex Delaware book, "Night Moves', I said

"The solving part of the novel was not very satisfying. Too much chewing on circumstances, theories and possibilities, too little detecting.". . .
"3 Stars, C- because I've read them all and C- will give Jonathan Kellerman one more chance with me. Make it count Jonathan."

Sadly, Jonathan didn't make it count with 'The Wedding Guest'.

As with 'Night Moves', the story line of The Wedding Guest is interesting. The interactions and conversations of Alex and Mile with other characters are interesting. Those between the two of them are not. They are banal and ultimately boring by overuse and being oh, so cloyingly clever:

Phone back in his pocket, Milo consulted his Timex. "Still early. Not that I've accomplished anything. You up for another try with Susies's mom or should I drop you at home?"
I said, "I'm free."
He said, "If that's a statement of spiritual and emotional well-being, I find it offensively smug."


Similar banter used occasionally is fine. 'The Wedding Guest' is inundated with it.

Interestingly, I had checked out, renewed and returned 'The Wedding Guest' from/to KCLS about 4 times before I actually chose to read it. I guess that says something.

Am I going to read another 'Alex Delaware' book? As I turned the final page my thought was "Thank God I'm finally done with this book", so I would have to quote an old Magic 8 Ball: "Outlook not so good" as my answer.

2 sad little stars for a once great series fallen so far.

Jul 22, 2019

I really enjoyed the wedding guest. The book had me guessing.

Jul 13, 2019

A rare misfire but a misfire nonetheless. I've read every novel in the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series and while one always has to suspend disbelief in these types of novels, this one defied suspension! The characters were not at all likeable (even in the "love to hate" descriptive sense) and the story line flat out preposterous (IMHO).

The only other novel that was this bad was "The Web" written back in 1996. Talk about implausible!! Anyway ... I won't give up on the series if he keeps writing them. I suspect he may be stretching himself a bit thin since he started co-writing novels with his son Jesse. Admirable, yes ... but at the expense of his best series? Not to me. Seems Alex/Milo and the rest of the gang have become afterthoughts ... and unfortunately ones that leave this reader craving the old Alex.

Jul 03, 2019

This is likely the worst book I have ever read. I had to renew it 2 times to finish it for book club.. Everything was over described. Finally I learned I could skim all descriptions and only read lines in "Quotation Marks" It was also written mostly in first person, with many lines beginning, I said, "- - -- - - etc.

Jun 14, 2019

4 stars. This is the 34th book in Kellerman's Alex Delaware series and it was a good read. LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is called in on the homicide of a beautiful young girl, strangled and posed at a wedding reception. The only problem is that although she is dressed to kill, no one at the wedding knows who she is. Alex is called in by Milo to consult and he and Milo work well as a team. After questioning all the guests and wedding party, there are a few hints to pursue and that leads Milo and Alex on the pursuit of clues that eventually lead them to the truth of who the mystery woman was but why she was killed. And when others start dying, they both have to use all their smarts to stay one step ahead of a killer who thinks he is too smart to be caught. A good read.

May 19, 2019

Enjoy reading Alex and Milo story! Wish I could get more of these!!!!!

Apr 11, 2019

Predictible mystery - too many irrevelant details

Mar 07, 2019

I have been reading the Alex Delaware mysteries for 33 years. I always enjoy the characters and have become very attached to them. Excellent mystery series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Feb 22, 2019

Love Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. This one has so many threads running through it, it will leave your head spinning - in a good way. I always like the back-and-forth commentary between Alex and Milo, and in this one is some of the best yet - some erudite, and some subtly sarcastic, and some both. Half the book is taken up trying to identify a homicide victim and half trying to figure out the whodoneit part. Great read.

Feb 17, 2019

Another entertaining Alex Delaware novel. Another murder to solve, Sturgis and Dr. Delaware work together to hunt down the people responsible!

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