Top critical review
Not a fantastic book, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 4, 2016
This was my first book by Allison Brennan. The strong female lead character, Maxine Revere, is what sold me on this book. I saw a lot of myself in Max--strong, smart, independent, justice-driven. I didn't always like how she went about things, but I usually liked the result. I wish that the other characters had been as fully drawn. Having finished this book last night, I don't feel like I really know anyone other than Max. Most of the other characters are described by one adjective--this one is competitive, that one likes secrets, the other one sleeps around.
The story was interesting, though, and that kept me reading. Max goes back to her hometown to attend a former classmate's funeral, but ends up embroiled in several cold cases. Every time the Max assumes person A is guilty, more elements get added to the case and suspicion shifts.
As with so many mystery novels, I found some of the plot lines rather outlandish, but less so than many other mystery novels I've read.
The last quarter or so of the book is by far the most exciting, as Max is finally able to gather some hard evidence and hone in on "who done it." The denouement is one of the most satisfying I've read in quite a while and I really enjoyed waiting and watching as the hammer came down.
I started out giving this book 4 stars, but the more I wrote here and the more I thought about it, it isn't a book that I'd say to someone "You HAVE to read this book!" or "I just read the most fantastic book!" It was okay, it was fine, it was enjoyable, just not GREAT. So I changed to 3 stars.