Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman

ObsessionI’ve often seen a row of Kellerman’s books on the library shelves. That is usually a sign of an author who is both prolific and popular, but I hadn’t read any of his books until now. According to the blurb and the quoted extracts from reviews he is a highly-rated writer of psychological thrillers with complex plots.

Maybe I made an unlucky choice with ‘Obsession’, but I was very disappointed. I wasn’t surprised to find the usual problems of coping with American English, of course. It’s simply a fact of life that American English, particularly spoken, is moving rapidly away from the language of England. As much of the content is speech, I often found that I had no understanding of what a character had said.

My real difficulty with this book is that the plot isn’t complex, but it is slow, over long, with far too many locations and characters. Far from being ‘a tense psychological thriller’, I found it a tedious novel written by someone curiously obsessed with French Bulldogs.

You can read what other reviewers thought on Amazon Obsession (Alex Delaware Book 21)

The Innocent by David Baldacci

The InnocentWhen I returned ‘Obsession’ by Jonathan Kellerman to the library I spotted a long row of books by David Baldacci, another American author of thrillers. I must admit that I hesitated, not wanting to repeat the disappointing experience, but I found a seat, read the first couple of chapters, and decided to go for it.

It was the right decision. Although the paperback is nearly 600 pages, the pace never lets up. The reader is carried at frantic speed from one incident to the next as two storylines merge amid violent chaos.  The FBI, CIA and Secret Service are all involved together with a top secret department of professional assassins, but a combination of moral outrage and huge cash bribes means that there are traitors within every organisation and no one can be trusted.

I really enjoyed it. At no stage did I struggle to understand the American English – after Kellerman that was a welcome relief.

The hardback, paperback and ebook are available from all good retailers, including Amazon The Innocent (Will Robie 1)