This review is from: Moonlight Mile: 6 (Kenzie and Gennaro) (Paperback)
I went into this with a wee bit of trepidation because I was reliably informed that it was a pile of rubbish. While it wasn't the best in the Kenzie and Gennaro series, I wouldn't go as far as to call it rubbish. If this wasn't a Lehane book, it'd probably be a perfectly decent read but I've come to expect a bit more from this particular author over the past few months.
I enjoyed the plot in this. This case had haunted both the protagonists for years and they finally get a chance to, maybe, put things right. Amanda came across as a character far older than her years but I never thought this was overdone as some readers seem to. I could see how an exceptionally smart girl growing up in the environment she did would turn into someone so focused. The basic character traits were there in Gone, Baby, Gone and, to me, Lehane just exaggerated and developed them here. I also liked how, without spoiling it too much, Amanda was the true protagonist of the story and Patrick was just a supporting character.
Where it all went wrong for me was with the characterisation of Angie and Bubba: they barely even featured and where a shadow of their former selves. Patrick fared slightly better because he was more of a presence but gone was the easy and natural banter I've come to associate with these characters. It all seemed a bit forced.
Finally, if this really is the last book in which Patrick, Angie and Bubba will appear then as endings go, it was a fitting, though unnecessary, one - the ending of Prayers For Rain more than sufficed. This was not a bad book; it just wasn't in the same league as the previous instalments.