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When the Bough Breaks is a fairly standard non-police detective story. Our hero (Alex) is a psychologist who finds himself investigating a crime when he is brought in to question a child witness. The opening hour or so of the book is great, and the developing relationship between Alex and the child is well dealt with. The book is less good when it moves into the thick of the mystery. Somehow its all just too stereotypical. The bad guys are all bad in ways which you could guess the moment they were described (rich, poor, black, white, intelligent, ignorant and arrogant characters all act exactly to type).
It’s not a bad book. It's fast paced and never dull, but its not original and even if you have not read anything else by Kellerman, you will feel you have read When the Bough Breaks before.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I tried to keep going with this book but I disliked the main character more and more as the book continued. He is an arrogant know-it-all and I found myself rolling my eyes in disbelief at his irritating habits.
Obviously many people enjoy these books I just couldn't get past the annoying Alex Delaware.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does When the Bough Breaks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is above average and I'm an avid audiobook listener.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
I was about 3/4 of the way through before I started to get a hint of what the plot may be about. That's pretty good suspense in my book!
What about Alexander Adams’s performance did you like?
Not too dramatic.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I am a mental health professional and thought the depiction/commentary of the mental health system in the book was pretty accurate.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
When I started listening to this book, I was delighted that, finally, someone with an analytical eye was creating interesting and believable characters; of course, he is a psychologist, so that figures. However, the descriptions of sex scenes just left me cold. What had started out as an interesting and engrossing mystery got diverted into cheap, gratuitous soft porn that added nothing to the story and only killed off the momentum of the mystery. Too bad, as the topic of child exploitation and abuse is such a horrific ongoing problem in the world and does not need to be ignored while we are subjected to graphic descriptions of the protagonist's own sexual encounters; an uncomfortable juxtaposition under the circumstances. Despite that, I MIGHT listen to another one of his books, but probably free from the library rather than paying for it. We'll see....
22 of 24 people found this review helpful