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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: Alexander Adams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9781415928189
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Dr. Alex Delaware doesn’t see many private patients anymore, but the young woman called Lucy is an exception. So is her dream. Lucy Lowell is referred to Alex by Los Angeles police detective Milo Sturgis. A juror at the agonizing trial of a serial killer, Lucy survived the trauma only to be tormented by a recurring nightmare: a young child in the forest at night, watching a strange and furtive act.

Now Lucy’s dream is starting to disrupt her waking life, and Alex is concerned. The power of the dream, its grip on Lucy’s emotions, suggests to him that it may be more than a nightmare. It may be the repressed childhood memory of something very real. Something like murder. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • EXCITING . . . LOADED WITH TENSION AND PACKED WITH TITILLATING INSIGHTS. The New York Times Book Review
  • KELLERMAN AT HIS BEST. USA Today
  • “SATISFYING . . . SUSPENSEFUL. Playboy

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iain | 2/9/2014

    " Really slow going, but not as bad as the Kellerman I recall reading on a bus trip in Australia a couple of years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kajsa Björn | 2/8/2014

    " Kinda gripping, but like so many times before the ending was far from satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/28/2014

    " While Alex and Robin are rebuilding their home, they're staying in a Malibu beach house. When a young woman juror reaches out to Milo after a traumatic court case that sees a serial killer placed on death row, Milo calls his best friend Alex to help her. The case brings out repressed memories from Lucy's childhood, and Alex's persistence in learning the truth, sets them on a dangerous path of betrayal and scandal. Another riviting read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc Wambolt | 1/27/2014

    " I liked the beginning of this book. I was intrigued by the idea that the main character, Alex Delaware, was a clinical psychologist and a patient of his had just been on a jury that convicted a serial killer. Now she was having recurring dreams of seeing two men carrying a young woman into the forest. It had potential, but bogged down at one point and I think it would have been a better book if he had taken out about 100 pages. I did like it, but I only give it 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 1/24/2014

    " It was a pleasure to come across a Jonathan Kellerman, Alex Delaware book that I hadn't read. I think that this one could have been improved by more Milo Sturgis! He hardly appeared. At times the long suffering Lucy seemed quite self reliant. The father, a supposed famous writer was in his pathetic mode--coming apart physically, and perhaps mentally as well. There were a number of unpleasant associates, but some nice people, too. I would not like to have been Lucy--what a family history! Alex and Robin are building another house after their original one was burned. THe French bulldog appears briefly in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev Singer | 1/9/2014

    " I thought it was about average for a Jonathan Kellerman book. Not gripping, not boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " Good brain-candy detective story, which is about all I can handle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/9/2014

    " A good page-turning crime fiction book. The perfect light-reading antidote for some heavier stuff I've been reading recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arjun | 1/7/2014

    " 3.5 stars. This was a solid read, but I didn't think it measured up to his other work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 12/23/2013

    " Jonathan Kellerman's early works are just okay. I thought this book was slightly better than the Clinic eventhough the Clinci was newer than this one. It had an intersting storyline about his patient the sleepwalker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/30/2013

    " Pretty good. Got a little confusing with all the names. werent fleshed out enough for me to remember who was who. Nice twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 11/4/2013

    " I think that this story is very unique - not so much because of a dream that turns out to be a clue to a repressed memory (which totally happens for real, by the way), but because of the revealing look into how it was in the California Art/Movie/Drug scene. Probably still is this way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 10/31/2013

    " I just love Alex & Milo. This series is great & what psych does not delve into dreams? Love it & such a fan. I want more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Adamson | 10/25/2013

    " Excellent, had me hooked all along, not entirely sure I was satisfied with the ending, but a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulia | 10/18/2013

    " Psychopathy {is} a form of creativity. There's no shortage of artistically brilliant people who had low moral IQ's: Degas, Wagner, Ezra Pound, Philip Larkin. {Even} Picasso was pretty hard to live with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/29/2013

    " Another Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis book. It was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Markhart | 7/3/2013

    " Very good book. Got long and tangled in the middle, but I got through it. This is the story of a young woman who had witnessed a murder when she was four years old. She repressed the memory until she was a juror in a murder trail 20 years later. Lots of twists and tangles in the story. Very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/10/2013

    " Self-Defense (Alex Delaware) by Jonathan Kellerman (2002) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 3/5/2013

    " Read this some time ago as all of this series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Tedora | 2/1/2013

    " Great book, kept me on the edge of my reading seat. Kudo's to Jonathan Kellerman for another excellent Dr. Alex Delaware book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/2/2012

    " Repressed memories? Yeah, pull the other one, it's got satanic sacrifices on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/22/2012

    " This novel has a great dog sub plot. Alex Delaware finds an abandoned French Bull Dog who steals his (and the reader's) heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/19/2012

    " Another great Kellerman murder mystery. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mark | 12/22/2011

    " I listened to this on cd. Well read, easy to listen to. Story told mostly by dialogue. Child psychologist turned detective, Alex Delaware walks into a room, describes it, what his subject is wearing and looks like, then has a conversation. Everything is explained in depositions at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Ward | 8/17/2011

    " Good characters easy to loose yourself in Kellerman's writings. I've read every book in the Alex Delaware series and enjoyed them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 6/14/2011

    " A little predicable. I had it figured out in the first 1/3 of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 5/18/2011

    " Jonathan Kellerman's early works are just okay. I thought this book was slightly better than the Clinic eventhough the Clinci was newer than this one. It had an intersting storyline about his patient the sleepwalker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 3/3/2011

    " Great book, kept me on the edge of my reading seat. Kudo's to Jonathan Kellerman for another excellent Dr. Alex Delaware book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/19/2010

    " The opening of the story is so gruesome that I threw out the book. Then I couldn't get the image out of my mind so I decided to retrieve the book, face it, read it and let it go. Pretty good read. A little funny with the plot as the opening of the book has very little to do at all with the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mark | 2/8/2010

    " I listened to this on cd. Well read, easy to listen to. Story told mostly by dialogue. Child psychologist turned detective, Alex Delaware walks into a room, describes it, what his subject is wearing and looks like, then has a conversation. Everything is explained in depositions at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/8/2009

    " Repressed memories? Yeah, pull the other one, it's got satanic sacrifices on "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 9/4/2009

    " A good page-turning crime fiction book. The perfect light-reading antidote for some heavier stuff I've been reading recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 6/19/2009

    " Pretty good. Got a little confusing with all the names. werent fleshed out enough for me to remember who was who. Nice twist at the end.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/3/2009

    " #9 (I believe) in the Alex Delaware series. No worse, no better then any of the others I've read. Simply a very good, dependable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/21/2009

    " A investigative psychologist working with a woman who has flashbacks after being a juror in a horrible trial. Turns out her dad helped bury a woman when she was 4 and she saw it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2009

    " Self-Defense (Alex Delaware) by Jonathan Kellerman (2002) "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he coauthored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and Faye live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

About the Narrator

Alexander Adams was named by AudioFile as one of the Best Voices of the Century and now includes him in their annual Golden Voices roundup of top narration talent. He has recorded over 500 audiobooks. To date he has won eighteen of AudioFile‘s coveted Earphone Awards and one Audie Award.