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This review is from: The Cutting Season (Hardcover)
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I could have sworn this was marketed as a mystery crime thriller. I couldn't wait to try and work out who the murderer was.
Then I had to trawl through a bit of Caren's life story and then the mundane activities of her day before even getting to the murder victim, who was then glossed over and not really mentioned at all!
I stuck with it, still intrigued as to what had happened on the plantation and to sort through the possible candidates. I was then inundated with about ten new characters who were not described very vividly to make them memorable. I did my best to muddle through the characters and actually did quite well keeping them separate (as, at this point I am still looking forward to a whodunit!)
However, this part of the storyline never develops. I got bogged down with more boring and irrelevant details of Caren's day that do not hep the plot along. I was starting to lose heart, when Caren stumbles on to some evidence, steals it and doesn't even report it to the police. I was outraged at this point. Caren was supposed to have finished her first two years of law school, but at no point does she engage her brain.
I struggled through to the end as I felt I had invested enough time in the book to justify finding out what happens. I wasn't totally disappointed, but it could have been so much better.