This is the sixth book in the series, but my first read for the author. I like picking up books that are in the middle of a series to see if the book can stand on its own. I’m happy to say that this book does do that. There is sufficient character development and hints of back story to help me understand the story.
If you’ve never read any of the books in this series, feel free to start with any of them. Lutz does excellent character development to give each of her players a distinct voice. In this book the writing style is unique as it is done like a non-fiction book with footnotes and memos. I’ll have to admit that I got tired of reading the footnotes which were meant to give more clarity. To me, going back and forth to them broke the flow of the story so after a while, I ignored them. The same goes for the memos, I tended to scan them.
In regards to the storyline and the characters, I have to say I had trouble getting through the book. There didn’t seem to be any characters I wanted to root for. The storyline is about a family who own and operate a P.I. agency. The middle age parents act like spoiled brats, the investigator sisters lack any sense of responsibility and the female protagonist doesn’t seem to have a clue about running the business other than accidentally falling into the answers. When the big case was solved, it didn’t do anything for me. With the story finally ended, I was elated it was done. I didn’t feel that sadness of completing a book and saying goodbye to the characters that I had come to know and love.
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