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Political correctness box not only checked, but heavily blacked in
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
I have bought and read every one of the books in this series, and enjoyed all of them... up until this one.
It had some high points - glimpses of a toddler Eric and an amazingly tense, taut climactic scene at the end. I will give it three stars for that.
But it felt very much like "oh, I haven't had one of these yet, so I need to include a person of that persuasion in", when it came to the new character introduced. It didn't add anything to the plot, save for giving the author a chance to expound her personal views through her characters. completely breaking the fourth wall. And, seriously, given Francine's background and who her parents are, it's a bit hard to swallow that she would be the outspoken defender of all things PC... but okay.
I might reread the end scene, because it was that good. But I doubt I'll reread the rest... and usually when I buy a book by a favorite author, I'll read and reread and rereread. So, that's my take, FWIW.