Overall, this book was ok. What I love about Elizabeth Haynes is there is this intensity to her previous works (Into the Darkest Corner and Human Remains) that keeps your heart pumping till the end. With those two books, the reader was introduced to the bad guy very early on, but there was still the suspense of how the story was going to fold out. This is more of a police procedural/“whodunit” book that was good, but I wasn't wowed.
My main complaints with the book:
- There are so many characters that it was hard to keep up with everyone. I understand that in a real murder investigation you would have this many people on the case, but it was very overwhelming to keep track of everyone (this could just be me).
- The wow-factor is non-existent. The reveal at the end was rather lackluster. When you found out the "whodunit", it was like "yeah, makes sense".
Although I generally prefer mysteries with more character development, this story reminds me of what I love about the original Law and Order TV show. The story is mainly about the case, and the back-stories and development of the characters are only exposed when it pertains to a case. I have no idea if that is the intent or if the series will continue like this, but that is my impression considering you really know nothing of value about the main character. I also can't decide if I find this as a positive or a negative.
I won't stop reading Elizabeth Haynes. I LOVED Human Remains and Into the Darkest Corner, but Dark Tide and this one were just ok for me. As this series continues, I really hope the author finds her groove with the characters