When six young prostitutes are found strangled in Los Angeles, an investigation begins that takes the reader on a wild ride involving powerful families and close friends. Child-psychologist Alex Delaware has received a garbled, middle-of-the-night crisis call from an ex-patient. As Dr. Delaware becomes involved, he stumbles on a deep secret, one that has existed for over forty years. Along with detective Milo Sturgis, Delaware is about to find himself on a journey into an unforgettably brutal world of madness and murderous passion.
The Alex Delaware series is a great mystery series because it gives readers a new perspective. Alex is a psychologist. So these books dig into what makes the bad characters act the way they do or commit the crimes that they do.
This can sometimes be extremely brutal, because a lot of crime stems from childhood trauma. So, while it's interesting, it can be tough to read. The first two books delivered a high level of intrigue and the story moved at a good pace. This third novel, "Over the Edge", moved at an absolute snail pace to me.
I was interested in the core story of Alex's ex-patient, Jamey Cadmus. He seemingly went from a troubled genius to a babbling serial murderer who was drugged into the stratosphere despite no drugs showing up on any tests. Sounds interesting, right?
I thought so too until I was actually reading the book and it went nowhere fast. There could have been so much cut out of this to make it a much more fast-paced and engaging book. Thankfully the end of it ramped it up a bit and it was a good conclusion to the story.
But it was so slow to me that it put me in a mini reading slump.