The Wedding Guest Book Review

The Wedding Guest Book Review

Title: The Wedding Guest; An Alex Delaware Novel
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Published: February 5, 2019, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 384
Cover Price: $28.99 Hardcover, 14.99 Kindle

Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis are back in the 34th Alex Delaware novel by bestselling writer, Jonathan Kellerman, The Wedding Guest. Fans of this psychologist/detective duo will welcome their favorite characters as they investigate the death of a gorgeous woman found murdered in the restroom at a wedding reception. The victim wasn’t a guest, and no one at the reception recognizes her. The bride and her family are furious that this woman ruined the wedding, which seems a bit shallow since the woman lost her life. The novel is half over before the victim is even identified, which hinders the investigation. As is Kellerman’s style, the investigation goes through a methodical process, with small clues that may lead to finding the murderer, but in this case, Alex and Milo aren’t getting many good clues.

During the course of the novel, family members and friends – even the bride and groom – are possible suspects. Kellerman is a master storyteller, and has a way of weaving scenarios in his novels that finally lead to the right suspect and keep readers’ interest. However, during that time, there are ups and downs, as well as building suspense to keep readers engrossed. Kellerman has developed his characters over the course of 34 novels so that they seem like real people; reading Alex Delaware novels is like getting updates on a friend who lives far away.

This novel isn’t as fast moving as some of the previous novels in the series, and there are a few places that the story lags. However, this is a good novel, especially for Alex Delaware fans. The essential elements for a good thriller are in this novel, including a surprise ending.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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