I enjoyed parts of Loyalty, set in the Boston area and the main character Fina. The author Ingrid Thoft has a wicked sense of humor and a knack for sn..Show More »appy dialogue. If only Ingrid had spent as much time & energy developing Fina's personality as she did recounting Fina's junk food diet.
While I loved Fina's strength and determination, I winced when she was reckless, diving into dangerous situations without using her brains or common sense. I admired her devotion to her brothers, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. However, I found it totally ridiculous that Fina, a successful private investigator, worked mostly for her cold hearted father.
Daddy Carl was a sociopath, only interested in earning money and getting good publicity for his law firm. He didn't have an ounce of human kindness or compassion, not caring when Fina was injured several times on the job. It made no sense that Fina, as an adult, would take cruel insults and endless grief from Carl (without shooting him).
Note to author: don't create an intelligent, headstrong character, then have that person act masochistic and irrational.
Identity, the 2nd book in Fina Ludlow series, was mostly enjoyable with humor, mystery and family drama. Parts of this novel reminded me of the 70s TV..Show More » show Rockford Files (about a quick witted P.I. with a heart of gold and the tendency to get beaten-up a lot).
I loved how Fina jumped to the defense of her niece after she was sexually assaulted by a family member. While Fina appeared to be the only adult relative willing to call the sick predator a pedophile, I wanted Fina to do more (leak embarrassing personal information to the media, shoot his balls off or put out a contract on his life).
Again, my biggest problem with the premise of this series is the ridiculous Ludlow family dynamics. Fina and her lawyer brothers work for their sadistic father's firm, where Carl treats all his employees like dirt. Why would educated adult children work for an arrogant prick who doesn't even respect them? Insanity or masochism....
Of course, Fina's mother is a cold, calculating bitch who mourns the death of her first daughter while insulting and degrading Fina at every opportunity. No rational adult would spend a moment's time with either Ludlow parent unless a gun was pointed at their heads.
Ingrid, I suggest killing off the parents in the next book or have the rest of the family move to another country. Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.
I have now read all three books in the series and have enjoyed them all immensely. This is the first one I have listened to on audiobooks and I though..Show More »t the narrator did a pretty good job capturing both voices and personalities of all the characters.
The story is fast paced and kept me interested throughout. If you are interested In these books I would definitely recommend reading the first two books before reading this one.
I have always really enjoyed this series and this installment is a great addition. If you haven't read the other books in the series, I recommend star..Show More »ting with those so you aren't playing catch-up with all the characters and ongoing situations in the books. This book has a compelling storyline, interesting characters and the pace keeps the reader interested and eager to see what's going to happen next. I really enjoy the main character and find her antics pretty humorous. The narration is excellent and she does a great job with all the characters.