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Fun but not a favorite
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2017
Without a Trace was a fun enough suspense novel, but not quite as engrossing as I'd like. I think that sometimes Coble's writing style just comes across a bit lack-luster for me, which is totally a matter of personal taste as I know she has many fans. The mystery itself actually did take me by surprise, as I was not expecting the culprit one bit. Bree is a bit of a weak character at the beginning, and I really didn't like how she let some of the other characters jerk her around. However, as the story progresses, she finds some inner fortitude that helped me enjoy her character a bit more.
I haven't one iota of knowledge about rescue dogs, so I found those details to be fascinating, and they came across realistic to me. The setting, with it's harsh coldness and impressive terrain, also came across strongly to me as well. There were times that I felt like this series would make a really good TV show. :)
So, all in all, although there were some things I loved and some things I felt apathetic about with this story, I am glad I finally read it and do plan on reading the rest of the series at some point.