A great and exciting read as always. I shall miss this wonderful author May she rest in peace
Sadly this is the last book in the series and if you’ve read the rest you probably will read the last. But if this is your first don’t bother. Like most of the other reviews this novel was not good, not just hard to follow (won’t put anything in that is a spoiler) but most of the stories were not plausible.
“Odd how fate is so often embedded in the aftermath of a simple conversation “
Kinsey Milhone returns in the last book that Sue Grafton wrote before she passed in 2017 [n.b:Z will never be written per her final wishes].
It is 1969, and she’s been hired by the mother of an ex-con, who with his buddies recorded the violation of another schoolmate. Now, years later, the revealing video has resurfaced and his parents are being blackmailed. Question is who and why are they asking so little?
Kinsey’s life has changed somewhat after almost dying at the hands of a perpetrator. She’s more cautious about the people she cares about now and is more vocal when she feels they are being taken advantage of. Her cousin Anna, Henry, Rosie, are all part of her “family”. Henry’s being too nice to a homeless person who is staying with him...and her friend, and his dog... with no signs of leaving but disrupting everyone’s life. And her clients aren’t helping much- and neither is their son the parolee.
It gets close to Kinsey’s last nerve before things get resolved.
I have been a big Sue Grafton fan, but I’m not a fan of this story. In some fashion, it feels like she’s “called it in” and the story is drivel strung together with innuendo and very disappointing. I gave it 3 stars because it is Sue Grafton. If I could, I’d like to ask her why she wrote this the ways she did.
Toto Lee Lunes
I read this after learning of Grafton’s death. Objectively, it was not, in my opinion, one of her best. But I was so sad about the end of the series that I devoured every word like it was a last meal. We will never have closure. We will never know any more about the cast of characters Grafton created.
You were great started with A. Thank you for years of great writing you will be missed. Hope someone will finish Z for you
I’ve read all of this series in order. Some of them are great, a couple are so-so, this one is alright, but not the best. The main story is good, but the backstory is a bit repetitive. Still worth reading if you are a fan, just not among my favorites from Sue Grafton.
I would rate this as her best yet. Like a master magician, she constantly shifts the focus from one suspect to another, until the reader is hopelessly entangled in a kaleidoscope of theories.
One thing she does which she has never done before: she neatly concludes every tale she started. That leaves the reader satisfied, but horrified that this might be her last...