Private Eyes Book Summary and Study Guide

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A teen goes to her old child psychologist for help with her hermit mother. However, mom goes missing after "driving" herself out of the home that she never lft for years. What motivated her? The psychologist, Delaware, is going to find out. Who would want her...and did they want her dead, or all to themselves? Her husband is a mess, as is the daughter. She was pelted with acid to the face, years before and now they wonder if it was again the same predator, who was only recently released from prison. More go missing, more than we knew and the plot thickens. Yet, still a very slow read for Kellerman and the team of Delaware and Sturgis. Not loaded with action and almost a bit too hard too swallow by the end. He still pulls it off, it's believable, just nt one of his best.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   butler provides unemotional service Kind of investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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