This story is about a hard-to-believe group of people meeting in a hard-to-believe location to spend a hard-to-believe weekend doing all too believable things. What was not to be believed by the participants is that a death would be on the agenda. But, it became evident, if not believable (though I suppose it should be), that the activities would not be much affected by the body in one of the buildings.
The cause of the death of the native fossil seller was the car being driven by David Henniger. A significant part of the story follows him as he interacts with the family of the deceased. Perhaps interacts is too intimate a word for their interplay. David senses he may not survive the play. I sensed that I didn't much care.
Meanwhile, his wife Jo and other guests must endure the absence of David (most didn't know he was gone). Jo did know he was gone. Jo had to bear up under the strain of the death caused by David's driving. Part of the story is about whether she manages, or how she manages, or something.
I found the book to be shallow but interesting in some way that kept me turning the pages when I would think about grabbing another book. I did want to learn what happened to people I really disliked. Perhaps I was wishing for something less than pleasant to befall them. If that is the case, I may have been pleased.
Maybe that's why I elevated the book from three to four stars.
(Disclosure: I received an Advance Readers Copy from the Amazon US Vine program.)