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I think we've reached the grave now...
on 9 April 2013
I've never loved this series, but found it a bit moreish regardless of the elements I didn't like. I've given it up until now to grow on me, but book three undid all of the progression that was made in book two, and now FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET has proved that the last book wasn't a one-off bump in the road; the 'plot' just seemed like pointless padding, that was only released to pad the series out.
who is the arsonist? I've given this question a guess before I even picked up my kindle and, seeing as my other observations were right, I'm not gonna lose sleep over it. Who is tormenting Harper? It is obvious from the first time the character is mentioned. Also obvious? The identities of The Gentleman Thieves, the new tenant, and what going on in her father's life. As Charley's PI mysteries are getting progressively dumbed down in each book, the other things that annoy me stand out more...
My main problems are with the leads; Charley often seems more surly and bitchy which a strong selfish streak, especially when someone is going out of their way to help her; I'm still pissed about the way she talks to Garrett - it isn't funny and sassy, just nasty. Her constant attempts at humour are so in-your-face-try-too-hard it hurts, she even cracks the one liners in her thoughts. Reyes is a bad boy/rebel/alpha/idiot Barrrons wannabe, who is borderline abusive. [Note to the author; I get it - he's good looking. Please change the bloody record].
The other problem I have is the Reyes/Charley relationship. Simply put; it is so shallow. I'm just not seeing whatever deep and meaningful picture the author is trying to paint. All I'm getting is that he's hot, which makes all of the toxic behaviour ok. And why does Charley always disregard everything Angel and Garrett - people she has known for years and have proved their loyalty repeatedly - say, in favour of swallowing whatever the freaking SON OF SATAN tells her? Her brain switches off whenever he is nearby?
My complaints specific to FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET? The fallout from the previous book - aside from her relationship with her father - has vanished way too quickly and easily. Cookie accepts something serious too easily, my favourite character - Garrett - is shoved aide and might as well not be in the book at all, the heaven/hell issue still has no clear direction after four books, and the ending is made up of a string of extremely unlikely coincidences and is way too neat and tidy.
What else can I say? I hope, for the author's sake, that this series will reach a resolution after book six - she has shown us that six books is too much - padding things out to make it longer clearly doesn't work in her favour. This series is headed for a grave all right, it's possibly already there.