The author's books are great for many reasons, but one that particular comes to mind are characters. They aren't Mary Sues and Gary Stus - these people are really screwed up, and none so more than my favourite, Lena Adams. This novel takes us out of Grant County where Lena is suspect of a brutal murder. And she's flown the coop. This is a woman who doesn't want to be saved, yet seemingly doesn't want to save herself, either. And the people populating her hometown...yep, they're screwed up, too. They keep family secrets, they're big on drugs, and skinheads unfortunately abound. But what's most surprising about this novel? The final page. Don't spoil it for yourself, readers. All I'm saying is that there better be another book in this series, because I need closure! Another author I'll be seeing at the Melbourne Writers' Festival this year.
I picked up this book because the cover was interesting, (different one than shown here) and I really enjoy mystery novels that have interesting twists.
I thought that would be the case here too, but I was very wrong. I felt there was no real build up in the book. The characters, save one, were boring and flat. The writing style was basic, and the entire book was very very dry.
I would have stopped reading it except I had to know what this "shocking twist" was going to be, and Karen Slaughter is said to "write with a razorblade".
The twist wasn't a twist at all, only a huge disappointment, what I felt was more of a slap in the face to the entire "cast" and all the readers. Most importantly, it was predictable, as it was eluded to the entire book.
Finally understood that old lesson; never judge a book by its cover. :/
I really wanted to like this book. I love this series and the characters and was looking forward to spending some more time with them. I had heard there was a twist at the end that changes the series, but did not spoil it for myself (and won't for you either). Although I can understand Ms. Slaughter's reasoning for doing what she did, I thought it was cruel to her readers and was designed to cause a strong reaction to her story (and not necessarily because it was well-written and had a dynamite plot.) I read to escape and was very invested in the series. I am disappointed with the way the book ended, and it has coloured my enjoyment of the books. Although I recommend the book, I do not think I will continue reading.
I read the Grant county series at the same time as the Will Trent books. I started reading Undone before Beyond Reach (not recommended). I knew that something was going to happen but was very surprised and a bit disappointed how and when it occurred. Overall a great read.