*Some minor spoilers*
This book was kind of frustrating. I read them all in order except the first two so maybe I got frustrated with the characters antics after a while. By this book I was about tired of all of them though.
First of all Annette is just dense. You would think all she had been through she would have gotten some sense by darn near 50 but nope. I could deal with her being dense in the first two books because she was a teen and a young adult. But you are gonna tell me a woman darn near 50 needs 3 pages of interruptions and yelling to guess her husband might have gotten his mistress pregnant? Some arguments Annette is in it is very obvious what is going down and she seems so clueless. You spend a lot of pages waiting for her to put 2 and 2 together. And with her history, how long it took her to realize something was amiss with her daughter and the across the street neighbor...like I said it's unbelievable. Where is the growth?
The same with Rhoda and Jade. Rhoda finally reaches her boiling point with Jade but Jade continues to be just terrible in new and deplorable ways. They really owe us some kind of explanation as to why Jade is this awful. She is like a demon spawn. We don't get it and how her life ends up is just sad without any real explanation we can grasp.
Rhoda at least has retired from killing people but she hasn't matured much either.
Muh Dear regressed on her feelings about Annette's sister Lillie Mae until she finds a use for her so I can't really say she is that much more matured in her older age either.
Scary Mary is perfect the way she is so I don't want any growth haha.
Overall I guess what made this series stale at the end about 2 books ago is these characters never ever change. If you took the ages out you would never know so much time passed between books. Especially with Annette which is sad because she is the main character. All she and Rhoda do is call each other and go out to eat the whole book until something happens which is basically all they did in the past books too.
Don't get me wrong the book is still mostly a page turner and entertaining to read. Just by the time you get here you feel like the lives of these people are repetitive and what is the point if they don't apply all these hard earned lessons?