I didn't want to like or even finish this book as I read the first few pages. Why? Because it needs a darn good edit. It needs trimming of some of the `fat', the unnecessary descriptions etc., that would normally be trimmed by a publisher's team. And there are scores, if not hundreds, of punctuation errors, which I eventually did my best to ignore. There are inconsistencies in the plot - e.g. one character inspects her nails, even though we were told on the previous page that she is wearing gloves - and there is much evidence of weak writing e.g. `He had a wonderful face.' Ouch! That's one basic writing rule out of the window! And the plot resolution is dodgy, when near the end the heroine finds a clue that would have been readily picked up by even the most unobservant forensic team on page one. The identity of the perpetrator is also a tad predictable from early on. The characters are okay - the flawed heroine is a touch irritating, but at least she is consistent.
So why `damn this book'? Because at first I found myself continuing to read it to look for `editing issues' (I know, it's my cursed editor's eye!) but then I felt compelled to continue as I became interested in the resolution and wanted to read on. In that sense, the author has done a good job, pulling me in despite the problems.
I wouldn't recommend people not to read this, it's just that you will need to accept that, if you do, there are flaws. Even better if you don't mind glaring punctuation gaffs, and can accept it for what it is.