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A good, fast read
on 16 October 2014
The fourth Maggie O'Dell book - loved the first, wasn't so keen on the next two, but this one is back up there, though I'm still awaiting the wow factor the first book showed the potential to bring.
This one wasn't quite as scary for those who don't like that sort of thing and it felt quite short. Alex Kava doesn't seem to want to continue much into the personal life of Agent O'Dell and Nick Morelli didn't feature whatsoever for the second time. In fact, it looks as though there may be someone else in the pipeline.
Personal stuff aside, I liked the plot, even if I did guess whodunnit on their first entrance into the story. Lots of characters, all linking up in various ways and you have to concentrate at the beginning to remember who is who. Maggie does go off on her own a bit and get herself into dangerous situations - which I'm sure wouldn't really happen - but if you can suspend belief a bit it's a good, fast read. I liked the introduction of Luc Racine, Julia's ailing father, and the set-up for more intertwining of Maggie and Julia's difficult relationship. Thankfully Maggie's mother didn't feature at all in this one - she's annoying!
This would work fine as a standalone if you haven't read the others in the series.
I will definitely will be reading the next one, A Necessary Evil....the titles of this series are driving me mad. When I am queen I shall ban authors using the same word twice in the titles of their books!