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Great story but unbelievable ending
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021
It was my first Freeman book highly recommended by the local newspaper in MPLS. It sailed along at a quick pace. The characters were believable and interesting. The plot was complex but fun to follow. It was a page-turner. Since I’m from MN, it was fun to read a novel about northern MN.
I have since read Immoral, the first of the Jon Stride series, also written by Freeman. I highly recommend that first book over this, although in both books the endings were preposterous, esp in this book - will get to the endings later.
The thing that annoyed me most was Freeman’s calling the Superior National Forest “the national forest.” I am from MN and have spent half my life up north and NO ONE would ever call that area the national forest. Freeman does it constantly! “We were just driving through the national forest when we saw...”
Where is the editor?
It’s like calling California “Cali” or calling Minnesota “Minnie.” No one does that except clueless outsiders!!
“Adam (one of the cops) was at the end of the counter of the Nowhere cafe with a pot of coffee and 4 aspirins, a sure sign of a hangover.” Really?? Who has an entire pot of coffee to himself? Who takes 4 aspirin for a hangover, and if he’s hungover, why hasn’t he taken the aspirin already?? What’s he waiting for? Most people I know who are hungover take aspirin right when they wake up, then chug tons of water to dilute the effects of the alcohol, not coffee which just makes you more jittery.
There were other problems:
The FBI lead detective, Reed was totally credible except he had a goatee??? Really??
The FBI is squeaky clean. No way would they allow that!
Another problem: the two bad guys in the town were “identical twins” yet one was kicking the other’s butt in one on one hoops and was far smarter and more clever. Really. Has the author ever met real identical twins? He should have just had them as brothers, one older and wiser, and the other trying to keep up.
Also, an F-150 is not a “big pick up.” It is a standard everyday truck you see all
the time, and it is merely a half ton PU, the smallest of that model Ford manufactures.
He also constantly calls the squad cars “cruisers!” Lol!!! (Roll my eyes). Was this written by a 12 year old? Who calls cop cars cruisers??
We’re supposed to believe an elderly dementia patient escaped from his facility, took a bus into town, stole the white F-150 parked on the side of the road, then drove it’40 miles, then just happen to spot the “missing” 10 year old (main plot of
the book) on the side of the road on his bicycle,, persuade the kid to hop in his truck and take him miles away to the abandoned resort so the kid could have fun playing with his shuttlecock and cairn stones!!??
Then it gets worse!! Adam, the hungover cop investigating the case, decides to take the missing kid he found a few days later at the resort back home and become a hero. That part was good cuz no one suspected him, at least not me. But during a terrible rainstorm, he puts the kid on the back of his motorcycle, drives off and then slips on the wet and slippery road, presumably crashes. killing the kid, then gets back on the motorcycle after burying the kid, takes his motorcycle and somehow gets it into the bed of the F-150, drives it 40 miles away where he abandons the pick up, somehow gets the motorcycle back out of the back of the truck and drives safely back home where no one has any idea anything happened .... hmmmm, the kid was killed, yet there is no evidence Adam was hurt at all, and no evidence the bike wasn’t wrecked at all and he was somehow able to get the motorcycle on and off the back of the truck by himself???
Don’t get me wrong - this was a very entertaining read, but where was the editor?