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Great Mystery ~ I felt sad for Detective Nicole & rooted for her life to improve on at least two fronts
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
I usually read non-fiction books, but enjoy a good high-tech fiction book, in fact going to go back to it. But I also enjoy good fiction, such as Stephen King. Now I finished reading 'The Sound of Rain' by Gregg Olsen and have to say the book kept my interest and the last third of the book I read all on a winter, snow covered day in Michigan. The title is perhaps from the fact that Nicole is an addict. She gambles, but she wins, oh she also loses. And it is the LOSSES that get her in trouble. Well, that is part of it. She loses her home, her dog, her car & her dignity. She has to rely on her younger sister Stacy for support. And as many of us, myself included that has one other sibling, there is rivalry. Stacy now has the upper hand, roles reversed. Nicole has lost her job as a detective at the Bellevue Police Department in Washington State. Her boyfriend, also a detective Danny has too lost his job, and it involves the missing girl Kelsey, which Danny has botched up the investigation of. Both lose their jobs & Danny goes to jail for his felonious part.
The investigation involves the neighborhood of a local Target's store. The surrounding neighborhood is a trailer park. It's a rainy December day, again symbolic of the title of the book. It is with reference to the sex offender registry that the police focus their investigation of the missing child. It leads them to Charlene & Alan Dawson's home. Alan has been convicted of sex with a minor. He spent time in prison. He was 17 1/2 years old & his girl friend was 15 at the time. They later marry. But it doesn't matter to Danny, Alan is his target & Alan goes to jail accused of the crime.
Gregg Olsen has a way with descriptions I like such as his description of Danny. Danny is a stud. He works out, has a tough looking body, with the "veins in his neck plump like ziti in vodka sauce". He wants to appear as the tough cop and smart.
As the story progresses we see the 'sick' side of Nicole when she is destitute and has to eat in soup kitchens, sleep on church pews, but only in the evening. During the day, she wheels her one piece of luggage on wheels, in a perpetual drifting manner as if the plane she needs to board is never going to appear.
I also like the description of the office cubicle that Nicole used to have. She loved the window view she had. It was of old Douglas firs planted by an old lady who was a classic cat lady. Nicole & her sister Stacy would ride their bikes and leave them at Mary's place. Nicole respected and loved Mary even though several around her thought her a nuisance. It reminded me of my late dad & me going to eat at a certain restaurant that had tall spruce trees, probably 40 years old & that was one of the highlights of the meal with my dad. I miss that & understand Nicole's wanting that cubicle back when she comes back to work.
The story relies much on a blogger Lane Perry. Lane is a "festering wound" but he is also the source of much information, perhaps the same as the local tabloids are in the grocery lines. He is the one to bring shocking news to Nicole.
This is a story that criss-crosses a bit of the state of Washington, going to Washington State University. I didn't look at a map as I often do. But that would be a wonderful addition to the mysteries in the State of Washington. A list of the characters with a brief description would be useful too. But I was able to keep track of who was who. I am just a bit of a sentimentalist so I often do keep an atlas by me when I read about the areas the book is at.
This is a great read, and I am glad I read it. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good 'who done it' type book! You won't be disappointed.