Top positive review
good book, but not great
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
I have read other Mark Edwards books and would have to consider myself a fan. This book is another fine thriller, who-done-it mystery with a sprinkling of the paranormal, and the short chapters are indicative of the overall fast pace of the story.
For some reason the book seemed lacking in intensity to me. It is hard to put my finger on, but the constant drug use and drinking was a put off of sorts. The sex therapy business and modeling business seemed like a veneer instead of a real thing. All of this cast a pallor over the main characters for me, and the added *me too inferences seemed forced and for me, unwanted. I get plenty of this from the news.
The first half of the book was great. Suspenseful, I was propelled along, absorbed by the mystery, engaged by the creepiness of the child and the frustration of her mother. I thought I had the protagonist figured out about half-way through, but alas, I was totally wrong. In the second half, I found that there were plenty of characters to despise, so I had a free-for-all in choosing my most unpleasant person. But the author did lose much of the pace and anticipation in this part of the story. I did like very much the way Edwards tied everything up at the end, leaving just a sliver of doubt for the reader to ponder.
This wasn’t his best work, but I will continue to read his books for sure.