A RAINY DAY THRILLER: INTROS/TEASERS – “GUILT”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Tuesdays are our time to strut some passages from upcoming reads.  Today, mine is from Guilt, by Jonathan Kellerman, another intensely thrilling blend of murder and madness.

 

 

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Intro:  All mine!

The house,  the life growing inside her.

The husband.

Holly finished her fifth circuit of the back room that looked out to the yard.  She paused for breath.  The baby—Aimee—had started pushing against her diaphragm.

Since escrow had closed, Holly had done a hundred circuits, imagining.  Loving every inch of the place despite the odors embedded in ninety-year-old plaster:  cat pee, mildew, overripe vegetable soup.  Old person.

In a few days the painting would begin and the aroma of fresh latex would bury all that, and cheerful colors would mask the discouraging gray-beige of Holly’s ten-room dream.  Not counting bathrooms.

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Teaser:  Resting her hands on a mahogany sill, Holly squinted to blank out the weeds and dead grass, struggling to conjure a green, flower-laden Eden.

Hard to visualize, with a mountain of tree trunk taking up all that space. (p. 4).

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Blurb:  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.

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Wow, I got the chills just reading that!  What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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52 thoughts on “A RAINY DAY THRILLER: INTROS/TEASERS – “GUILT”

  1. Literary Feline

    Someday I may give Jonathan Kellerman another try. It’s been years since I last read one of his books in this series. I do miss Milo. 🙂

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  2. I used to read Kellerman all the time and loved his Alex Delaware series. For some reason (burn out?) I stopped a few years ago then started up again last year. I have this one and Killer on my kindle to be read, so yes I would definitely continue and I will read it hopefully soon.

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  3. Like several others, it has been years since I’ve read a Kellerman book (well, either of the Kellermans). This one sounds very interesting and I do miss Milo.

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  4. Ok, this book definitely sounds thrilling! I feel like I’ve heard of Kellerman before, but I’m not quite sure! I could see myself getting into his book but being slightly terrified throuhghout! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  5. I have always been just a little timid about reading Kellerman. I wonder if I should give him a try. Should I start at the very beginning of the series or can I just jump in anywhere? What is your advice.

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    1. I think that each of his books can be read like Stand-alone books, but if you want to get a sense of how the series begins, the first one is called When the Bough Breaks, and is quite good. Thanks for stopping by, Judy.

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