I like a good murder mystery, and browsing through the crime sections of libraries and bookshops it's impossible to keep ignoring the prolific Ms Gerritsen, so I picked this book at random - but I've obviously made a bad choice.
It's not a bad premise (a woman returns home to find her ex-lover stabbed to death in her bed), the story is told efficiently and her style is clear and unpretentious (quite a relief after reading Sophie Hannah recently), there's even a few exciting moments and an unexpected villain.
That said, I'm afraid this is a very run-of-the-mill book. It's all plot, there's nothing going on beneath the surface. Which would be acceptable if the situations and characters were a bit less superficial, corny and obvious.
The moment the dark and brooding Chase appears, you know he's going to get together at some point with our lovely heroine/victim Miranda and enjoy a very Mills and Boon romance. And the rich local family, complete with cardboard cut-out Big Daddy character, just had to be involved somehow.
Reading this felt exactly like watching a very average episode of an old US detective series on cable tv. Perhaps Murder, She Wrote, given the Maine setting - but at least Jessica Fletcher used to wrap it up in under an hour!
Next time I'm in the library I'll look for one of her more recent books: she's been so successful, they must get better, surely?