U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series) Paperback – 6 Dec 2012
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And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall." -- Psalm 35:8
Masterful Sue Grafton deftly handles three timeframes in this story of love and betrayal. The "present" is 1988, the mystery's past is found in the 1963 through 1967 period. Her own family's history is revealed for the period of the mid to late 1950s. The artful Grafton moves smoothly from one time to another, much in the way that our attention can shift rapidly from observation to memory and back again. Rarely does she let the current day intrude into the earlier time periods with inadvertent missteps. It's impressive.
Were you ever fascinated by watching carefully lined-up dominoes be rapidly toppled, one after another, after the first one in the sequence is tipped over? If so, you'll love this story. The plot is built around that device. One action or event triggers another, and another, and so on until no more dominoes are standing. It's the most difficult kind of plot to develop in a credible way, and Ms. Grafton carries it off very well indeed.
As the book opens, the local police have sent Michael Sutton over with a story about having seen as a child two men burying a mysterious bundle about the time when a little girl had been kidnapped (who was never found, even though the ransom was paid). Sutton is convinced that the two events have something in common and is willing to pay for a day of Kinsey Millhone's time to check it out. A lot of what he wants Kinsey to do he could do himself, so he's holding something back. With her usual doggedness, Kinsey makes fast work of the case and helps Sutton locate the site of the burial. What will they find?Read more ›
Buy it, read it, love it and let's hope Sue makes it to Z.
Every single person has to have a full in depth back ground description has to be physically described, every room she enters has to be described down to the carpet pattern. She can't just pull into a car park, she has to indicate left, push the button and wait for a timed ticket etc etc it's a bit too much and I sometimes wish she would just get on with the story. I've read lots of books that don't need that kind of description everywhere.
The story was a little dull, not alot happens and I'm not that fussed about Kinsey's family drama's actually either so I was a little disappointed with this book but I've loved some of her earlier stuff so never mind. I hope the next one will be better.
i really enjoyed this fast past book. Kinsey Millhone and her landlord Henry and the other characters are there but less prominent than usual.
So. if you were wondering if it's worth buying this latest book from Sue Grafton even though it'll be cheaper in paperback, I'd say yes, go ahead, you won't be disappointed and you'll enjoy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Sue Grafton and have read most of these books. This one I found a little confusing and had to think more than usual. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mrs maureen allison
I have enjoyed all the Alphabet series but now the end is in sight they have become more detailed and interesting.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very similar to previous novels. Keeps repeating herself to fill out the story.Published 6 months ago by Gingers Mum
I have read all her books in this series and U was not her best book. A bit too complicated I felt.Published 6 months ago by gingerbeer
This book was fantastic I just could not put it down it was like an avalanche building to a crescendoPublished 6 months ago by Pen Name