After last week's slim pickin's, the end of March offers a little more in quantity and variety, but it's not exactly going out like a lion...
Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman
Obsession by Karen Robards
Don’t these publishers ever get together and talk? Don’t their Left-Hand-Doesn’t-Know-What-The-Right-Hand’s-Doing Departments of Redundancy Departments plan ahead? If I sound a little obsessed and in some kind of novelistic tizzy, chalk it off to the fact that there are two psychological thrillers entitled Obsession out this week - both by prominent authors.
But let me try and sort it out a bit. In Karen Robards’ 23rd novel, a nearly-murdered woman’s life is thrown into disarray when she awakens in a home she doesn't recognize as hers and quickly discovers that she's part of a CIA sting. But it’s love-on-the-run as she seeks escape and refuge with a newfound protector of the tall, dark, and — just speculating, here — handsome variety.
In Jonathan Kellerman’s take on Obsession, marking his 21st Alex Delaware novel,
a spunky teen’s life is thrown into disarray with her aunt’s deathbed confession that she had committed murder long ago, prompting the niece to seek help from psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. Complications ensue, however, as newly-minted close-to-the-family corpses ensue, too.
Another difference between Robards’ and Kellerman’s brands of Obsession — and this may be the clincher for the enquiring consumer — comes with the fact that Kellerman’s book has an interactive online game as a tie-in. Because you can never get enough of cold cases and corpses.
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