Firstly I wish to thank Isabelle Ralphs of Penguin Random House for inviting me to read and review Lost Souls by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The gripping new thriller from multi-bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman and his son, Jesse, features a deputy coroner and a seemingly impossible case set against an atmospheric Californian backdrop.
‘Storytelling at its best, I loved it’ Kathy Reichs
A DETECTIVE UNDER PRESSURE
Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is juggling a new baby who won’t sleep with working the graveyard shift. For once he’s trying to keep things simple.
A HAUNTING DISCOVERY
When infant remains are found by developers demolishing a local park, a devastating cold case is brought back to light.
A DESPERATE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS
Clay has barely begun to investigate when he receives a call from a man who thinks the remains could belong to his sister – who went missing fifty years ago. Now Clay is locked in a relentless search that will unearth a web of violence, secrets and betrayal.
Because in this town, the past isn’t dead. It’s very much alive. And it can kill.
Although this is the 3rd book in this series featuring Deputy Coroner Clay Edison, it is my first book. It did read perfectly well from the start though I do prefer to read books in order.
When the remains of a baby are found by a demolition company in a local park, Edison is called on to determine what the cause of death was and who the child is. When a man comes forward with a ‘dog eared’ picture of who he believes was his baby sister, some 50 years ago, it turns into a heartbreaking case.
Edison is working the graveyard shift to help do his bit to look after his baby daughter who doesn’t sleep the best. Amy his wife has her routine with their daughter but at times seems a little resentful that Clay can tackle some of the baby jobs better than herself. They are a happy little family and I really took to them both.
A secondary investigation is also taken on with clay when a friend asks for his help, regarding another baby. Edison is a smart bloke and looks at things in a very practical way rather than just jumping in. He is wise enough too to know when to back down and clear out of a place.
Things hot up when trouble follows him home but he is determined that the baby in the park will belong to someone, somewhere and deserves a proper resting place. Being a father himself now gives him the protective nurturing element to do right and not give up for this dead child.
The story takes you back to a very different time when attitudes were different and regulations not as strict as now. Help wasn’t always on hand and problems where for families to deal with themselves. A hard-hitting story in places.
I loved the mix of work and home life for Edison, the balance was just perfect. It really showed how one influences the other side. Excellent storylines with full conclusions to the threads.
I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, True Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter. With his wife, Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored Crime Scene, A Measure of Darkness, The Golem of Hollywood, and The Golem of Paris. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico.
Jesse Kellerman won the Princess Grace Award for best young American playwright and is the author of Sunstroke, Trouble (nominated for the ITW Thriller Award for Best Novel), The Genius (winner of the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle), The Executor, and Potboiler (nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel).