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Author: Jesse Kellerman
Young, idealistic, and overworked, Jonah is living the lonely life of a medical student in New York City when he accidentally stumbles across a murder in progress: a woman, being stabbed to death in the middle of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he rushes in to protect her-inadvertently killing her attacker in the process. — Thrust into the media ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780399154034
ISBN-10: 0399154035
Publication Date: 1/18/2007
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 40 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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GroovyGlitterGirl avatar reviewed Trouble on + 45 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
WOW!!!! "Single White Female", meets, "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" meets "Fatal Attraction" with a very disturbed leading lady... I am telling you that I had goose bumps and shivers running down my spine the whole time I read this book. I read it in one day finishing it at midnight and had to pick up a lighter book to clear my mind from the images left from this one before trying to go to sleep.
Angeleyes avatar reviewed Trouble on + 217 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
There are two problems with this novel. The first is Kellerman's writing style. He may be the son of Jonathon and Faye Kellerman, but he writes like he is the offspring of Dean "I never met an adverb I didn't like" Koontz. Kellerman's writing `tries too hard'. He writes sentences that are loaded with adjectives, adverbs, awkward similes and obscure references. Kellerman's bloated writing bogs his story down.

The predictable ending to this novel is made even more anti-climactic when Kellerman jumps forward in time, out of the action and into an epilogue where he explains what happened `after the fact'. What little suspense he had managed to build is completely lost.

The second problem with this novel are the characters, particularly Eve Gones, Jonah's psycho girlfriend. Good suspense novels require a good villain and while Eve is indeed sinister, unfortunately she is also tedious, pretentious, and annoying.

This is a problem. The villain can be a lot of things (creepy, disturbing, cruel, demented, evil) but most of all, they need to interesting, not irritating. Eve's lengthy, self-indulgent, and painfully trite monologues are nothing short of torture to read. And Jonah's complete inability to deal with Eve's increasingly bizarre behavior is just as frustrating for the reader.

Reading this novel is like banging your head against a wall.
Linda avatar reviewed Trouble on + 770 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Terrifying book ... takes stalking to a new level.
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Very weird; made me uneasy. I did like his first book - this one is like some kind of bad dream.
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This was a great book. I will definitely be reading more works from this author.
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Very good story, kept me reading, the "stalker" was truly evil and demented. Great read. Pat