I love the Marla Mason books. I read the first one a few years ago and await the new ones with great anticipation. I have read them all and find Marla a fascinating character, most of her traits I enjoy, her total unpredictably is fun because no matter what situation she's in I never know exactly how she'll get out it. However, there are some aspects that I find frustrating because no matter how hard she is, no matter how much control she has over her emotions I find her reaction to some of the events in this book odd. Major things happen here, things that should have her reacting in a way other than a shrug and a "well, okay fine, let's move on." I understand that death is all around her and she's used to it but this story opens with her trying to deal with the death of the only man she's ever really loved and ends with more death. The first death devastated her and the collateral damage she causes doesn't seem to bother her until the ramifications of those killed affect her personally, and then she only reacts to the ramification and not the death!
It's really hard to discuss what I'm talking about without spoilers and I hope I haven't spoiled anything but those who have read the other books know that people will die. Would I recommend this book? Yes, without question, it's a really fun read and I was surprised more than once at events within the story. By the time I got done reading it I was hoping to see another Marla Mason book to read, I consume them as quickly as I can and will in the future, I just wish that Marla, and the author, find her humanity or at least address it in another story.