I have followed this series from the beginning; this one gives me permission to let it go. The Women's Murder Club used to consist of one or two cases that Lindsey Boxer and her unofficial team would solve. The books have been going downhill for a while, however, I stuck with it out of some sense of misguided loyalty; I'm sure many readers have as well -- hopeful that the creativity that captured us in the beginning might return. It isn't and this will be the last James Patterson purchase I make. The cases are unrelated and there is absolutely nothing engaging about them or the characters involved in solving them.
I have long enjoyed Bahni Turpin as a narrator, which is what led me to this book, and along with Lorna Raver, they tell this story well. Unfortunately, the story does not do their fine narration justice. Didn't the author read any real history before crafting this? In her attempt to develop a story of star-crossed lovers, she really only reinforces images of a selfish, privileged white girl then woman who cannot understand why she cannot get her way. As a young woman she ruins the lives of a black family who has worked in service to hers since before her birth. Then as an old lady, she enlists her black hairdresser into service as a companion and driver during a period when the black woman clearly needs to be at home tending to her own family. Of course, in typical white savior fashion, in relating her story over the course of the journey, she helps the poor black woman, who has been incapable of forming a decent relationship with men. Sadly, I suspect Ms. Kibler thought she was just telling a story, but with the psychotic history the United States has with regard to race, one must take greater care in developing a story as complex as she wanted this one to be. In reality, Robert would have been lynched in 1939 Kentucky and there's no way his mother would have still had a job as the family housekeeper. More likely, the family would have had to flee in the night, and there would have been reprisals against the entire black community.
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