This book was badly written in the first half of the book. I would say very cliché. Second half only gets slightly better. It is told in a two person voice, that being Lizzie and Spud. I only read it to find out what was going to happen to Spud. I really had hoped for more.
This was a fairly good easy read and the first time I've read Sarah Graves. There were a few different story lines through the book but it all came together in the end. I liked the gritty detective Lizzie Snow and I will be reading the next book in the series.
Boston cop Lizzie Snow moves to Maine hoping to find the niece who disappeared when her mother was killed. There's a cop killer in the woods and a big-time meth production going on. Interesting, except for the good guy/bad guy love interest.
I enjoy gritty novels, featuring women detectives, set in rural, hard scrabble locales that depict small towns, brooding forests, and winter weather in their telling. This novel , by Sarah Graves successfully fulfils all my requirements.
In this first book in a new series, we are introduced to Lizzie Snow, an ex Boston police officer burdened with her own troubles, including a messy love life, a dead sister and a missing niece. Lizzie has been enticed to remote BearKill, Maine to help solve a series of suspected "cop" killings, and perhaps to follow a trail leading to the whereabouts of her missing niece.
Told in two voices, Lizzie's and a that of a troubled teenager, Spud, this is a fast paced thriller that incorporates many chilling elements including meth trafficking, kidnapping and cold blooded murder.
Although it is at times frustrating in its lack of detail about past events, that is probably more about it being the first book in a series, than the result of any oversight on the author's part. Unanswered questions will no doubt be answered in subsequent novels.
This is the second book in a new series by this author, who wrote a long mystery series with a protagonist engaged in restoring a fine old house. That series was well written and had (as mystery series go) reasonably plausible plots. In Winter at the Door Lizzie, a big-city police officer, moves to a small Maine town to take a job as their police liaison because someone has sent her a picture of a little girl. Lizzie wants to discover if this child is her niece, who was kidnapped as an infant. Around the town retired police are dying in dubious accidents, and Lizzy investigates these deaths while entertaining two suitors and looking for the child.
The writing is very good, the setting is vivid and the characterization is clear and lifelike. However, the plot is preposterous. Why would anybody leave a well-paying job she loved on the basis of an anonymous picture of a six year old she'd never met, supported by no evidence whatsoever. If she could find her, how would she determine whether this is the child she hadn't seen since infancy? What would she do if she decided it was her niece - wrest her from the only home she's ever known?
This plot line is a silly distraction. I would have given the book way more slack without it.
This is a fast paced, easy read about a Boston homicide cop who takes a job in Bearkill, Maine because of events from her past. There she has to deal with drunken locals, a handful of dead ex-cops, feds looking for a meth lab, kidnapping, vandalism, more dead guys & one really smelly dog.
There's a lot of action & maybe too many story lines because when everything is neatly tied up at the end, you might have to suspend your disbelief that it was all related.
Also, the author has a habit of interjecting the MC's inner monologue into the middle of dialogue. Conversations on the page are interrupted by long italicized sections of Lizzie's thoughts at the time which swing from fretting over her personal investigation to lusting after an ex-lover (who's a weasel, by the way). It's a stylistic technique made by the author but I found it distracting.
But it does get better as the book progresses & Lizzie becomes more likeable as she settles into small town life. The author has established characters & setting with this book and a couple of those angles look promising so I'll probably pick up the next one to see where Lizzie ends up.
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