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many of the elements that I liked from the first books are there
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2015
I suspected after the first book that they were going to make Mia's husband's accident not so much of an accident, and this book centers around just that.
Charlie, Mia's detective friend and colleague, reopens Mia's husband's accident on his own and begins investigating what really happened. Again, many of the elements that I liked from the first books are there; I enjoy being in Mia's head, and seeing the interlocking of politics at her workplace and the gray area of guilt and innocence in her side-case was captivating. The mystery aspect was still pretty decent; while her side case was pretty straightforward - as opposed to the previous book where it ended in a bit of a twist - it was just as captivating, with the mystery being less of who did what and more of why.
Now the disappointments... We once again get to spend some time in Charlie's head, but I still feel like I barely know him. he seems very one dimensional, especially since his parts go up against Mia's, who is a very bright and complex character. Charlie just seems to fall flat in many aspects. Another thing I wasn't fond of is the introduction of a few POV chapters from a hitman/thug's perspective, who right at the beginning states he caused Scott's accident and how he did it. I really feel like that worked against the mystery. We didn't get enough of his perspective to really flesh him out, so it feels like that was the only way the author could find to fit in an explanation of what exactly happened to Scott that night. I feel like if his perspectives had been crapped, and she had found a way to write in the discovery of this information by the characters - perhaps by finding the hitman's home and items in there to draw conclusions from, or something - this would have helped a lot, and we could have also spent more time in Charlie's head learning about him.
One other minor thing that bugged me was that a dead end from the investigation of Scott's accident is left dangling a bit at the end. I believe from reading the description of the third book that it's meant to be picked up there, but that's not really adequately implied in this book, so it just feels like a dropped ball at the end.