8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not so good,
This review is from: The Bone House (Hardcover)
Let's face it Brian Freeman is never going to win any literary prizes but in the Jonathan Stride books he does rise above just being formulaic. In those books, as here, the plot is everything, but Stride and the supporting characters give just enough weight to lift those books above the crowd. This is a standalone and for me it doesn't quite work. The detective this time is Cab Bolton and he is certainly unusual enough to make him an interesting protagonist but there is simply too much going on. Freeman likes to move his stories between different locations and here the murder happens in Florida but the suspects live on a remote island in Wisconsin. So we have a lot of back story concerning past crimes, Cab's struggles with his identity and his romantic life, the bleakness of the location (and the unfriendliness off locals to outsiders), plus a lot of story around the main two suspects, etc. etc. Now there isn't a problem with any of this except that Freeman is a writer who lives or dies by the excitement he creates with his plots and yet in this book he has so much story to tell that nothing ever really gets going. Its so choppy that I never got the excitement. I'm being a bit critical here because I really do like Brian Freeman but I think this book is a case where less would have been more.