Top critical review
Good suspense and murder novel. Not much of a mystery but keeps you wondering what happens next.
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
My issue was mostly with the "Good Guys" in the male department. Usually Brown keeps them way less sleazy than this. No one is perfect and some flaws show dynamic facets of character, but there is a TON of victim blaming, past the point of normal suspicion. Entitled behavior towards Rennie and her privacy and past, despite who she clearly is in the present. Wick acts almost predatory himself in a lot of situations and throws tantrums like a child when he's not getting his way...big turn off. Buy the time I was getting to the last 100 pages, I felt somewhat violated for Rennie and hoped she ended up just turning him down flat and carrying on her life without him. She could do way better. Wesley is over the top in his discrimination towards her the entire time. It's ridiculous. Rennie sounds like if she really had anyone in her life who cared about her, they would be advocating some serious therapy sessions. She has too much guilt that turns into self destructive behavior as an adult. It's kind of hard to get past all of that in the reading.