(The fifth book in the Ellie Hatcher series)
Alafair Burke is a recent discover of mine & I have enjoyed what I have read so far. With this book, it kept me puzzled while the plot was unfolding. I especially enjoyed the reader she had for the audiobook. I definitely will continue to search out her books. I also like when she co-authored books with Mary Higgins Clark.
Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are assigned to be "fresh eyes" at looking at evidence that convicted Anthony Amaro of murder when a letter is received claiming new evidence.
Meanwhile Carrie Blank, lawyer, sister of one of the murdered victims, is taken on by Linda Moreland, a sensationalist "innocence" lawyer.
All of these strands, with all their friends and relationships are woven, sometimes not so successfully. An unsatisfying finish.
I loved every one of this author's previous books. This one, not so much. Aside from the two main female characters having such similar names it became confusing, in general I didn't like any of the characters, so couldn't really engage with the story. Alafair can do much better than this.
A serial killer responsible for the murder of five women has caught the attention of a media-loving lawyer and one of her ploys to get his sentence vacated is to recruit one of the victim’s sisters as another lawyer on her team. After perusing the evidence, or lack thereof, Carrie Blank agrees. At the same time, a psychologist is murdered using the same M.O. as the imprisoned killer using methods that were never given to the public. This brings in NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and her partner Rogan. All Day and a Night is Alafair Burke’s turbocharged thriller about truth and justice and who-dunit.
In addition to the crimes, there are the complexities of interdepartmental relationships, childhood friends, newly discovered DNA and details that don’t add up. Burke frontloads the novel with so many details and subplots that it’s hard to know which trail to follow and which goes cold. This can be the mark of a great book but while All Day and Night is not bad, it runs out of energy and ends on what seems to be a tertiary plot point at best.
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