My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The rating of this book depends on why you’re reading it. If you’re reading because you’re a Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker (and friends) fan and you want to catch up, it is a solid 4. If you’re reading for a good, suspenseful mystery….it’s a solid 3, possibly 3.5.
This isn’t one of Kellerman’s best mysteries. From the very beginning, you can make a pretty solid guess about who is behind the murder. She tries to throw you off with a few events, but all the information is right there in front of you. There are some gun fights, some investigation, but very few surprises. By the time the end of the book rolled around, I was curious as to the why, but only for a few of the more minor details. The main WHY (as in why the three people were killed) was evident long before the end.
But, for the most part, the characters shine in this book. If you’re a longtime fan of the series, you’ll be happy to catch up with your favorite people to see how their lives have progressed. The relationship between Decker and Hannah is a little bit awkward, and maybe that is on purpose as Hannah is in an awkward teen place. There was barely a mention of the boys and Koby, but other than that, it was like a reunion. I only wish Kellerman could have done BOTH well, instead of just one side or the other. I always said I cared more about the characters than the actual mystery of the books, but maybe that wasn’t as true as I had hoped. It was a good book, as far as it went, but I was expecting more.