I have enjoyed Women's Murder Club books in the past, but this one was a disappointment. Firstly, there were 3 loosely connected cases, only one of which was given enough attention to really get connected to. In that main case the characters were so briefly described that it was difficult to feel immersed in the story or feel for the characters, but at least they had a tiny bit of back story provided. Not enough. As for the other cases, not even close to enough. Secondly, I lost my good feeling for two of the main characters, Lindsey and Yuki. Yuki, whom we are supposed to believe is good-hearted to a fault, was consumed much more by her own ego/time spent developing her case, than she was in considering whether she had the right suspect. She seemed like the worst of what you sometimes see in ADA's more interested in building her reputation than in the facts of the case. Lindsey spent no drop of empathy attempting to realize the reality of a 15-year-old taken advantage of by an adult, and expressed many times her contempt as though this child were an adult perpetrator. Late in the book she showed a similar contempt and lack of empathy for the main character's motivating forces.
I wouldn't have been surprised if this book had been written by a male author alone, but having a co-author who is a female surprises me. I don't want to end up feeling more anger and disconnection from the affectionately portrayed "good guys" than I do for the "bad guys" in a book of this genre. I think I'll save my money when the next iteration is published.
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