Heartbreak Hotel - Jonathan Kellerman

Heartbreak Hotel

By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2017-02-14
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 562 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Alex Delaware and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman.

At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.

What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions—about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.

When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman’s life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.

Heartbreak Hotel is classic Delaware and classic Kellerman.

Praise for Heartbreak Hotel

“Easy to dive into for mystery fans unfamiliar with the series, and a welcome treat for readers who have been with Officer Sturgis and Dr. Delaware since the beginning.”Booklist

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman

“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times

“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press

“A master of the psychological thriller.”—People


  • Slow

    By Dan Vermilion
    Book is very slow. Did not finish.
  • Tedious middle

    By sherlock homieG
    Not his best
  • Overall Another Great Alex Delaware Read

    By Read to Escape
    Love the Alex Delaware books and this was no exception. Sometimes I lost track of the lines of past relatives, but I still enjoyed the book. I was a tiny bit disappointed by the arrest scene near the end as I had hoped that there might have been more descriptive action and dialogue from Dee Dee.
  • Heartbreak Hotel

    By dsphilli
    I've been reading Jonathan Kellerman books for years. The Alex Delaware novels are especially good reads that entice the imagination with the intricacies of a good "who done it." This one was also good but I thought it lacked the usual crispness that usually defines JK's books. The sex crime aspect of the principle suspects didn't have much bearing on the case except to justify the search warrant later on, which brings up serving that warrant. What took place seemed uncharacteristically ill-prepared based on past novels, and the end result was really not a surprise. Smart phone use, welcome to the 21st century. The added dimension of the smart phone, found throughout the novel, seemed to change the dynamic between Alex and Milo, bringing them together for longer periods of time instead of them having to separate to conduct their respective information searches. All in all, it was a good read. Entertaining as always and I look forward to the next adventure.
  • Heartbreak Hotel

    By Cgpcpa
    Worse Delaware book I've ever read!
  • Heartbreak Hotel

    By Red oleander
    The story, heartbreak Hotel, begins with an intriguing and mysterious setting. As the story unfolds it lacks its initial promise. The core criminals portrayed are unnecessarily depicted as sex predators and violators. A good read nonetheless!
  • Klassic Kellerman

    By DrMcDougall
    Enjoyable mystery - limited info at the beginning which allows the reader to try to solve the events in place with Dr. Delaware and Milo - an intriguing fast paced read, recommended highly!!!
  • Ho-Hum

    By Plays With Fire
    Usually love Kellerman's books. This one was so even-keeled it really became boring. There just wasn't any excitement or reason to stay up all night reading.
  • Another Nicely Drawn Tale of Heartbreak

    By midrum
    I am not sure if it is so much the story itself as it is the comraderie between Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis. I travel throughout Los Angeles with these two. And when they're not around I pine away for them endlessly. And I may be biased but Jonathan Kellerman never lets me down. Very rarely am I disappointed. Having just finished the story I am disappointed that it is over. It's gonna be at least a year until I get to hang out with these two again.