Unnatural History by Jonathan Kellerman – Review

About The Book

A gripping new crime novel featuring Alex Delaware from the bestselling master of suspense.

When a photographer is found inside an LA warehouse slumped in bed, shot to death, it sets in motion a complex and dangerous case for Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and Psychologist Alex Delaware.

The victim had just received rave media attention for his latest project – images of homeless people living out their ‘dreams’. But there were many who saw the work as crass exploitation.

Did anger turn to homicidal rage? Or do the roots of violence reach down to the victim’s own family?

As new murders arise, Alex and Milo must peel back the layers of the case – and will find themselves coming up against in one of the deadliest threats they’ve ever faced…

My Review

It is many years since I read a novel from this series but it felt like only yesterday as soon as I started reading this novel. It didn’t matter that I can’t even remember the last book I read, I didn’t feel like there was anything I’d missed. Apart from the continuing relationship between psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis. Understated but full of respect for what each other did to get results. That respect was also evident with other other members of the team, a willingness by all of them to accept a civilian’s input to an investigation.

Alex is definitely the main character in the novel, his background helped them get answers from witnesses, family and the homeless of LA. He seemed to be able to encourage even the most unwilling to talk about their own lives, the way they got to know the victim and the impact that he had on their lives. I thought that one of the good points of this novel was showing the other side to LA, that not all are wealthy or famous, that there is the side that has nothing and who often are just invisible. It is not something I come across often, a willingness and honesty in showing the characters who live a completely different life. No matter what city, what country. 

I felt that this is how the author wanted to portray his victim, as one who wanted to show that the homeless had dreams at one point and he gave them a little respite for a short time. I also appreciated seeing brief glimpses of Delaware’s other career, no huge detail but it was obvious that those cases were just as important to him.

I don’t want to leave it as long before I read another book in this series. I may have to read them backward for a while to catch up a little bit.

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