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3.0 out of 5 starsWait.... what happens?
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
I love this series... but this latest one kind of disappointed me. The story line was great, but it ended in such a rush it kind of flattened out. And the story line with Gabe, his mom and dad went nowhere. Twisting in the wind, here. I do not like stories that end without ending. I preordered the book when I first received word it was coming out, waited a looooooong time and was so excited to finally get it! So, hated how it ended. If there's another book in the series coming I'm not sure whether I'll buy it.
This not very convincing addition to a cult series appears as tired as Peter Decker, who is thinking of leaving police work. The two cases he is following with the faithful Tyler are not really solved. A side plot with Gabe and his parents goes nowhere - hinting at a follow up to come. Still, I read to the end and will probably order the next installment, so, three stars.
2.0 out of 5 starsTo many unanswered ?'s and lame characters
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
First let me state for the record - Big Fan of Peter/Rhia series read them all, approved of their move to Mayberry Vermont (opps Greenbury) - but and NO spoilers here , well maybe one - but the plots yes many plots kept Peter swirling all over and Rhia just making her chicken breast sandwiches & not really contributing much in the 'detective' end of the crimes like in the past. Now kinda of bland, and all loving , for a deeply religious person, but she puts up with Gabrial's father a known hit man & sex traficiker, Huh? and his psycho Mom, Dont, get it, "oh I love you Gabrial" is always her answer to everything crazy!!!?? I like the chemistry btween Peter & Tyler "Harvard" , it works ! But just the small stuff that annoyed me - like How Cash Flush is Greenbury PD & how many officers does it employ? - you have Peter & Tyler flying back & forth to Cleveland & St Louis just to talk to the parents not once but twice - and hiring drug & cadaver dogs -and all the force out searching 24/7 for Bertrunm ? And Im not Law enforcement or lawyer , so just how much time & energy does a PD put out in a Missing Person case - especially when he is an adult and nothing untoward has been reported. It would seem like "ok its been 2 weeks , we think he left on his own, we're done here" - But Peter's pitbull mentality on the case wore on my nerves. Then getting involved in the two other towns missing persons, yes related but u cant be everywhere Peter. Again nitpicking - Why do they all assume a shovel is an 'odd' item to take camping?? I go camping i bring a small fold up shovel called - entrenching tool - in order to create a depression around the tent for water run off and also for sanitary diggings! So No Peter , not odd!!! And biggest ? i have , is that the second plot - being the missing (now found boys from 10years ago) WHY WHY did none of the GPD contact any of the former detectives on the force during that time who investigated the missing 3 lads??? Cross check the areas searched and people they interviewed a decade ago.? Not even any college professors or admin who would still be around the campus's! Hmmmm? Strange ? Why? And yes I do realize that Bertrum got thrown to the back burner, but from the start, it was obvious it was all staged, why they spent so much taxpayers dollars on the continued search is beyond me!! And the 3rd subplot , the case with Gabe and his dysfunctional family !! Wow - is Gabe the most annoying character - my gawd - grow up Gabriel - what are you 12?? Take control of your life and admit your mother ("oh i love you, I truly do Mom") is a manipulative psyochopath , jeesh Gabe u make Anthony Perkins look like Son of the Year compared to your whinny unable to make a decision attitude , just a dislikeable character, grow a pair and MAN UP dude!!! And when Rhia asks him how he is - his reply "i'm so busy" Whaaat? your a concert pianist , your either practicing on the piano or in concert, how busy can that get?? OMG That said or rant'ed haha and again no spoilers if u read other reviews - but yes a TBC (to be continued) book, eh I dont mind gives me something to look forward to - Yes Peter and Rhia off to Israel - hopefully to team up with Mossad and partner with Gabrial Allon, wouldnt it be great if Ms Kellerman did a cross-over with Daniel Silva, wow are you listening Faye??? So in conclusion why only 2 stars, well lame plot , a TBC ending and oh almost forgot - I previously mentioned the good chemistry btween Peter & Tyler, but yes always a but, the ending just the most unprofessional selfish for Tyler McAdams to call Peter on the plane on his way to probably his first vacation with Rhia in years, and to telephone Peter that there has been another murder in Mayberry!!! Really Tyler, for shame ruining your Boss's vacation by calling him , I hate you, how selfishly inappropriate that was how just so bad a person to do that to Peter & Rhia, if i was Rhia i would have taken the phone from Peter and kept it!! Shame on you Tyler . that made no sense to end the book that way!!!! Ok I'm done, thanks whew what a rant!!!! Enjoy reader!!!
3.0 out of 5 starsToo many loose ends and side stories
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
I have enjoyed this series in the past, but this book left me annoyed. There were several story lines which were not fully resolved. I understand that this is how real life works, but I'm not looking for real life when I read this sort of mystery. If a storyline is introduced, some resolution beyond that isn't in our jurisdiction should be supplied. I am also totally uninterested in the foster kid with total reprobate parents side story. Maybe she is setting up her next book . If so, I think I'll skip it.
Partway through this book, number 26 in a series, I began to wonder if Decker was preparing to retire, and if he and Rina did retire, where would the series go. After all, in the midst of two gripping mysteries all of the major characters from their complicated family life reappear. All of the children, spouses, grandchildren, plus Chris, his manipulative mother and downright psychotic killer father seem to have a say in the story of their lives. We now meet Chris’s siblings, which gives a sense that there could be a future. But then again, there are twists and turns, and all of these do not get answered in this book. That’s not a bad thing.
Lost Boys may refer to many more than the three college sophomores who disappeared a decade earlier, or the developmentally challenged man who is missing now. This book is about loss. Life, security, truth, love, trust and friendship are endangered. As detectives, Decker and “Harvard” have much to offer to us and their sometimes bucolic New York community. Enjoy!
The worst book I’ve read in awhile, and I’m a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus follower from before there was a Rina Lazarus. The book was just a hot mess —an editor should have prevented this mashup from being published, there are at least 3 potential books in there. And the end. OMG! I thought I must not have received the last 10 pages. It struck me as though Kellerman just got up from her laptop mid-plot and walked away. Of course, the challenge of tying up all the loose ends was Sisyphean, but not to do better than a “to be continued (maybe)” ending felt unfair to her loyal fans.
Faye Kellerman is one of my all-time favorite authors! I was beyond excited when I saw a new Decker/Lazarus book coming out. This was awesome - all the same characters, not one, but Three cases, of only one which was solved. What that means is I’ll be excitedly waiting for Book 27. If you haven’t read this series, start at Book 1. - they are all EXCELLENT!
3.0 out of 5 starsSelf-indulgence spoils the mystery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2021
Two investigations of missing persons, one contemporary the other a cold case, one is solved one not. The search for the “new body” reveals the bodies from the old case, hence the need for the two cases. Nicely told as usual but the book ends with an enormous cliffhanger with the discovery of a body of a woman possibly involved in the new case. The whole thing is spoiled by the continuing soap opera of the Dekkers and their family which is incomprehensible if you have not read the previous books, perhaps the author could have cut it out and concentrated on the plot and making the Dekkers trip to Israel more believable and less of a surprise.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2021
I read to the end, driven by wanting to know the answers, but I can't say that I enjoyed it. There were two plots running simultaneously, and it seemed to me as if the author had realised that the first investigation wasn't going to be able to occupy a whole book, so added in another. Neither plot felt very satisfactory. And for me, there was too much emphasis on Decker's homelife, and food! (And the over-use of "darlin'" did not sit comfortably with me - sorry)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2021
I just love these books! Ms Kellerman never goes for an easy an story line or for a rehash of an old story! Just wish she would write quicker!! 2 a year would be great! I am sensing a change a-coming! Just don’t kill him off! Maybe he can investigate in Israel or Harvard could take over the books? Thank you for a great book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2021
I enjoy this series of books more each one I read, each story different but along side the story of Peter and Rina and their family. This book had me guessing from start to finish. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next book.