The first half of this was the old Grafton - lots of clues, moved along, great character and plot development; really had me going. Then half way through the mystery was dropped for several parallel romance themes. At the end she decided she should wrap up the mystery, and does so as one reviewer said, out of left field. Have read all her work and been disappointed lately as she has shifted from detective to teen romance. Very disappointed with this one, may not get to Z.
Not like the others.
With the strange bits with other people as the point-of-view characters so that you get to contrast what happened with how people remembered it--or lied about it--later.
At one stage nearly everyone in the book is in the running for the title of chief villain. Well, not Kinsey.
Not sure I loved the ending, but it was the most likely.
Grafton has taken the kind of unusual step of advancing the time of each book by only a year or so, and definitely setting the book in that time. I can see why she did it, not sure how well it works out here, and wonder what happens later.
I am a commercial artist working in my studio in central Virginia. Audible keeps me company and extends my painting hours.
I have eagerly awaited each Kinsey adventure, as has my husband. We were both disappointed. While Ms. Grafton's style and character development were excellent as usual, the plot left much to be desired. I thought the ending came out of Left Field and was almost an anti-climax. I am sure the tedious and boring work of a PI is very much like this book; however, it doesn't make for a very enjoyable listen. The talent of the reader goes without saying. She is always superb.
I thought this book dragged on way to long without much excitement. There were too many characters who were introduced with brief stories. Later you had to recall all about them to follow the story line. The villian must have been busy in another book because he/she (no hints) only caused Kinsey a small amout of grief - once or twice until the end. You may be better off to get the abridged version. As a Grafton fan I was dissapointed in this latest release.
Sue Grafton is like fine red wine. Each book in her alphabet series is taking her to higher and higher marks in my book. Curl up with Kinsey and the 'S' book, pour a glass of Santa Theresa's finest and bliss out on her creator's grittiest and most convoluted story yet.
Good, entertaining, mystery. Liked the character detailing. The narration was very good. Found the story line a bit of a drag in several places. Well worth the listen.
I thought this was a refreshing change in the alphabet series. Instead of writing the entire story from the point of view of Kinsey, the way she usually does, Grafton, switched back and forth between the past and present and gave the reader the view of numerous characters involved in the mystery. She did a great job of capturing the viewpoints of the various characters--especially the teenage girls.
I found the story very engaging throughout. I was disappointed in the ending--I felt like the mystery was not truly resolved. In fact, I was so concerned about this, that I went to a bookstore and skimmed the end of the book to be sure I hadn''t skipped part of the audio inadvertently. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book a great deal and l thought the reader did a great job.