The Wedding Guest - Jonathan Kellerman

The Wedding Guest

By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,504 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis unravel a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling master of suspense.

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

LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And there’s no better place for the doctor’s analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust . . . and suddenly faced with the specter of death.

Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners–themed wedding reception. But they’re not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. What’s missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day—and the groom is sure it’s all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. Now they must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The party’s over—and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.

“As usual, [Delaware and Sturgis] form a formidable team. Also as usual, the characters here are varied and described with gritty clarity, and the puzzle facing the duo involves a delightful mix of L.A. culture, this time from its dive bars to its much more serious side.”—Booklist


  • Disappointing & Awful

    By Kelli_Girl
    I’ve always really enjoyed Kellerman’s Alex Delaware books, but this one was TERRIBLE. The dialogue between Dr D & Milo is bizarre and their dynamic is way, way off. (So much so, I actually wonder(ed) if Kellerman actually wrote this book.) Odd speaking patterns & verbiage is repeated by multiple characters. The plot was half-baked. With the exception of Blanche (the French bulldog), every female character is portrayed in an extremely harsh, unflattering manner. I had to struggle to even finish the book, which is really sad because these books have been a fave of mine for years.
  • Wedding Guest

    By Joyous324
    Plot was too loose. Not enough character development. Lots of tail chasing and then poof, killer caught. Not a fave and I normally love them all.
  • The Wedding Guest

    By ValB16
    Very disappointing, little thrill or suspense. What I always enjoy, however, is the banter between Alex Delaware and his partner Robin and sidekick Milo. In this book there wasn’t enough of that and the plot was thin. It was hard to care about any of the characters and that’s a prerequisite for me. Sorry, Kellerman, this was a miss not a hit.
  • Wedding guesr

    By Cgpcpa
    I’ve read all of your books, this is the worst!
  • The Wedding Guest

    By peishih0921
    Well plotted, interesting story. Would have liked a bit more secondary character development.
  • Wedding Guest

    By Knightsbane
    Enjoyable read. Author engages reader with the mystery as well as fleshing out characters we’ve been watching for decades.
  • The Wedding Guest

    By PushpushStable
    I've read the Alex Delaware series from the first book to this most recent. This is the best one ever. Mr. Kellerman will be hard pressed to top himself, but I look forward to his effort.
  • Terrible writing

    By ttee267
    Couldn't get through even the first couple of chapters. Terrible writing.