Reviews of Private Eyes (1992)
Review by tollbaby (2007-02-21)
I stumbled onto Jonathan Kellerman peripherally, since I enjoy his wife's novels. Although I have read Private Eyes out of order of the Alex Delaware series, I didn't have any trouble accepting it as a stand-alone novel, nor did I feel there was something missing by not having read the earlier novels.
The book had a bit of the feel of an adventure or mystery computer game, where you just keep going back and forth to non-player characters to get new information, go complete a little side quest to unlock more information, and then go back to the same NPCs to get different conversations. However, the characters were an interesting and varied bunch of suspicious and neurotic people. During my reading of the book, there wasn't a single person other than Dr. Delaware himself who didn't come under suspicion, however briefly.
Alex Delaware is contacted by Melissa Dickinson, a patient he hasn't seen in nine years. She is now graduating high school and wants to go off to Harvard, but she's worried about her severely agoraphobic mother and needs Delaware's advice. When Melissa's mother turns up missing, Delaware, as Melissa's therapist, joins the investigation to find her. Any more twists and turns and surprise sub-plots, and I'd suggest that Kellerman should open his own pretzel factory, but it made for fascinating reading and I enjoyed it immensely. I'll look for more Delaware stories by Mr. Kellerman.