My first Scottoline. My last for some time. Didn’t finish. Cliched, derivative, lazy. Cheez Whiz between covers.
When our protaganist, Josie’s, life fails completely (career, marriage, friends, family, social beliefs) she packs up her two kids and flees to the farthest part of America available, Alaska.
Despite this distance, her journey never goes farther than the struggle in her own heart and soul.
Fitting, since the Alaska portrayed is some kind of fictional location that doesn’t exist in reality.
It didn’t really matter where she fled; what she had to find was what was hidden inside herself.
Unlike many top-quality police/mystery writers whose amazing early work gets tired and self-derivative at some point, Rankin’s Rebus series never does. John Rebus may be superannuated, but Rankin’s writing never is.
Go back to his first (non-Rebus) novel and the growth and progression ever since is amazing to see.
Rebus’ Scottish mafia crime boss Big Ger Cafferty isn’t quite as good as the crazed New York Irish mafia butcher in Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder series, but it’s not for want of trying.
Coben is an amazing writer, one of our best contemporary scribes.
His stand-alone books are always good, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the Myron Bolitar series, which he got away from for a while.
Many mystery/thriller series often get increasingly convoluted and unbelievable as the author tries to keep up the pace and suspense and there is a tad more of that than I liked here, but man oh man did I miss Myron and Win and Esperanza and Big Cyndi and El Al and all the rest of them.
Poignant tale of young man done wrong, refusing to blame others for his woes, coming out the right side on the other end, and managing to make others’ lives better. Good debut novel.
Bad reviews for this first novel, surprising given that it won the Edgar. Full of first-novel flaws, but I liked it.
Dark Places: what you would find if you took a Mastercraft 4.2 amp orbital jigsaw and sawed off the top of Flynn’s cranium to peer into a seriously deformed amygdala.