on 22 November 2012
This was a satisfying finale to the Crittenden County trilogy, however there were just a few threads that felt like they were shortchanged and a couple of wince-worthy proofreading errors. I did truly enjoy it, but I also wondered if it had been finished/typeset in a rush.
It's hard to talk about specifics without potentially ruining the story, so I will keep this general. The reveal of the perpetrator made me sad, but I think that is a compliment - I cared enough about these characters that I didn't relish the idea of any of them being revealed as a villain.
There were a couple of storylines that seemed to rather peter out. There's something nice about not having every single loose end tied up, but, for example, there was a character who began to seem quite sinister in "The Search" whose story wasn't really continued and who just appeared at the end of the novel as part of a group. I felt like there was potential there that was squandered, if nothing else to further complicate the "whodunit" aspect and fool the reader a little longer.
Alongside a few disappointments storywise, there were several typos and continuity gaffes. The most glaring one was a character repeating a thought she'd already expressed several chapters beforehand, but there were also a few cringe moments that should have been caught in proofreading. That feels like an author being let down by the publishing house, and is a shame. The continuity gaffe I mentioned was probably the worst in terms of jarring me out of the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this, I'm glad I bought it, and I will most certainly read the trilogy again at some point, but it did read as if it had been slightly rushed to be finished and into print, which I felt was rather a shame.