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5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, 29 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Wrongful Death (Hardcover)
Book number nine (nine?!?!) in the Anna Travis series and probably one of the best books in the series, maybe the best one actually. I said in my review of Backlash how it was nice to see how much Anna had changed from the person and detective she was in the first book and that was especially the case in this book. It makes me want to go back and read the first book all over again. La Plante writes believable crime stories containing an excellent cast of characters. None more so than Travis and Langton. That's what I like most about La Plante's door stoppers, she doesn't need to rely on OTT stunts or unbelievable characters or plots, she just writes a story with a ridiculous amount of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end.

Also with this being book nine there was the question of whether the series, as with many other crime fiction series when they approach double figures, would start to get a bit stale. Well in this one Anna heads off to Quantico but before doing so has the help (or hindrance) of an FBI profiler working alongside her. Special Agent Jessie Dewar was a fantastic character, and a frustrating one. Also having Anna going to work for the FBI helped to keep the series fresh, although she wasn't there for too long! There was also the twist with Langton and Fitzpatrick who fans will remember from Deadly Intent.

The storyline in this book was fantastic. There were so many twists and turns along the way that it was impossible to fully work out what was going on. I had suspicions about many characters and was right about some things but wrong about others. You could really feel the frustration Anna felt, especially towards the end of the book! The last 200 or so pages especially have kept me turning nonstop for the past couple of hours.

I really hope La Plante continues with this series, I feel there is plenty of life left in it. Although the ending did seem to bring closure so some storylines and relationships I still feel there are more stories to tell. La Plante's 2014 book release doesn't seem to be a Travis one but I still hope one is in the works. Anna is a fantastic character and probably one of my favourite fictional detectives. Overall a fantastic read that I could not out down.
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