Thalia Mars, just short of her one hundredth birthday, gets in touch with child psychologist Alex Delaware. Normally, he would not consider treating someone outside of his usual patients, but her charm and wit change his mind.
Alex meets her in her suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel. He hopes for answers as why Thalia needs his expertise and her reply is not at all what he expects. She asks him about guilt, patterns of behavior, and victim choice and when Alex tries to get her to be more forthcoming but Thalia refuses to budge until their next meeting. But, when he arrives for his second visit there are paramedics on the scene and Thalia is dead.
I have read all thirty-two books in the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman. The characters Robin, Alex, Milo, and Blanche the dog are dear to me as a reader. Yet, despite the interesting premise of Heartbreak Hotel, reading the book became a drag. The pace to get answers to who killed Thalia and why are very slow in coming which is atypical with a Kellerman novel. I usually dive into one of his Delaware mystery books and before I know it I am at the last page. Not this time. Also, Kellerman introduces another murder that is similar and just as hard to solve as Thalia’s murder.
I did finish the book but it was not as satisfying as I know this series can be.