I would read it because I've been enjoying the entire series, but I would not recommend it as a standalone book. The ending leaves the reader completely hanging, waiting for the next book.
I really like the character of Maggie O'Dell and was hoping to see a lot of character development in this installment of the series, but the book feels really incomplete to me. Kava starts many storylines that she just leaves hanging, and the one that does get tied up (the identity of the arsonist) is done completely abruptly and for no explicable reason through an unexpected confession by the perpetrator.
I couldn't believe when the music started playing to indicate that the novel had ended. It felt like we were barely 3/4 of the way through a story arc. One storyline was wrapped up abruptly and for no reason, almost as if Kava had a deadline or the publisher arbitrarily decided to split the book in two. So, it was worth the listening time, but I expected five more hours when it came to an end.
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