Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A teenage romance dominates bestseller Kellerman's subpar 20th novel featuring LAPD Lt. Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus (after 2010's Hangman). Decker's search for the truth in the wake of the inexplicable suicide of high school student Gregory Hesse competes with the story of Decker's latest rescue, 15-year-old Gabe Whitman, a brilliant musical prodigy whose father earns his living as a pimp. Gabe's hormones run out-of-control after he meets 14-year-old Yasmine Nourmand, a Persian Jew from a very traditional family. The vicissitudes of the budding relationship between Gabe, who lives with the Deckers, and Yasmine hit on pretty much all the usual cliches, and this focus diminishes the impact of the truth behind Gregory's death. Kellerman's portrayal of Rina as the Jewish mother of all Jewish mothers may leave some readers wishing the author had cast Rina more as an individual than a type. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This latest outing in the popular Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series by best-selling author Kellerman diverges from what her readers have come to expect and enjoy about these thrillers. Rina and Peter, unfortunately, barely appear here. As a favor to his unstable mother, the duo take teenager Gabriel Whitman into their home. When two teens attending the private Bell and Wakefield School along with Gabriel apparently commit suicide, Rina and Peter get involved. VERDICT Mitchell Greenberg does an adequate job reading the novel, although the sappy, desire-filled conversations between 16-year-old Gabriel and 14-year-old Yasmine, which occupy much of the text, are too drawn out. In addition, Jasmine's Persian parents have Indian accents. Series fans will be disappointed, but other thriller and mystery readers might enjoy the audiobook if they fast-forward past the kids' annoying banter. ["Kellerman's devoted fans and readers who fancy thriller/procedural series from the likes of John Sandford and Patricia Cornwell will find much to enjoy," read the far more positive print review, LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/12.-Ed.]-Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.