Every once and a while I read a mystery that has everything I like and think, this is how mysteries should be written. The characters are captivating with believable issues. The plot is engaging, alternating between a current murder investigation and an unfinished investigation from years ago. The original investigation is revealed in flash back chapters as the current investigation covers similar territory but with new evidence and insights. Then, about ten percent from the end comes the clue that blows the whole investigation wide open.
I've read a few of Slaughter's novels and have been impressed each time. This one is a long one at nearly 500 pages but I was never bored and the pace never lagged. It contains a good balance of character development and investigative procedure. I will be looking for the next novel from Slaughter.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Karin Slaughter is a New York Times bestselling author with 35 million copies of her nineteen novels in print, in 37 languages. She is a native of Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta.
William Morrow, 498 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)