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Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
This book was an ok read. I felt like there were a number of aspects of the story that were made to seem important, yet not enough detail was given to justify that sense of importance. It seemed like the story was not completely fleshed out. I thought several scenes rushed to a finish, and the storyline did not flow from one scene to another.
There was a scene were Gregory was interrogating someone. He evidently got the information he needed. We were not told the information. It basically said "he spouted off a story that made my blood boil." That was it. Details, I need details. So much felt like it was a tease, and there was no satisfying explanation given.
Further in the book, the same situation was discussed with his brothers. It read that the information was shared with them, but it wasn't shared with the reader. When I finally got the jist of the conversation Gregory had, I still had questions.
Gregory's brothers seemed more like background noise in most of the book. There were one or two references attributed to each of them regarding aspects of their personalities, but not enough to get a complete picture of their characters.
I felt like I missed something with Valentina/Autumn and her father. A couple of references were made to her about her father, but no real details were provided. At one point, Valentina said something about her father that indicated no relationship. At another time, Gregory made accusations regarding her father that sent her off the deep end. Then, he mentioned something later about her father that indicated he knew and understood the story, thereby understanding Valentina. It made no sense. There was not enough information given about her father to draw any conclusions. Why was he even mentioned in the book?
Also, I didn't bother to count how many times Maggie was mentioned in the book. It is not until almost the end that her relationship to Gregory is explained. The explanation is wrapped up in a few sentences. For someone to have such a major impact on Gregory us life, how can there not be more detail?
Gregory and Valentina's "romance" seemed almost secondary to the plot that was going on about taking down the brothers. Normally, Piper Stone's books hold my attention from start to finish. This book was not a satisfying read. I would give it 2.5 stars.
I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy received via Booksprout.