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Too Much Coincidence For My Taste
on 2 October 2016
I enjoyed most of the book. It's written in Jonathan Kellerman's usual smooth, compelling style with attention to the right details of characters and locations.
But Milo and Alex seemed unusually stupid, not realising that a certain character was obviously the next victim. I mean, it was really blatantly obvious. Yet a police lieutenant and a psychologist specialising in crime don't even consider the possibility? Implausible.
The ending also has plausibility problems. Who did it, that's plausible. The initial explanation why they did it was plausible too, and had the book ended with this, it would have been satisfactory. But then the perpetrators seemed to change their motivation which makes no sense at all. There's also huge helping of coincidence near the end, several times, and that disappointed me too.
I've read several of Jonathan Kellerman's later books recently, and it seems that while his premises, writing style and characterisation are great as always, he's lost his ability to write great conclusions, or maybe he just can no longer be bothered. That's my personal impression. Other readers may feel differently.