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Infuriating and FULL of cliches
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
It's hard for me to write such a negative review after reading the epilogue. However, this book was extremely hard to finish. I will admit that I had no idea that this book was part of a series and is actually the first book I have read by this author. The plot of rich powerful men getting away with sexual assault is an old, recycled theme, and the entire story of hired assassins and multiple car chases is so boring that I had to skip a few pages just to find something mildly interesting. But it was really the characters that killed the book. They were flat, cliched and frankly so *many* that it was difficult to bring myself to care about what happened to them. Even though the storyline centers around crimes against women, many of the female characters in particular were written exactly as they have been written for ages - beautiful AND intelligent AND talented but unaware of these qualities, terrified of men and authority, and ashamed that they must have brought sexual assault on themselves. Yes, shame and guilt are common amongst survivors, but just ONCE I'd like to read about a woman who can stand up for herself from the get-go. I'd also like to read about a woman who CAN be successful at her job WITHOUT her personal life being in complete shambles. The troubled, bleeding-heart detective who goes above and beyond for her work, neglects her home life and family and therefore naturally has a cheating/absent husband has been done to death. This entire thing of the mother-in-law who loves the ex-daughter-in-law over her son (who literally never makes an appearance in this book at all??) is so far-fetched, it's laughable. And we really need to move on from the pure mistress-blaming attitude - maybe, just MAYBE, the responsibility of an affair lies with BOTH the cheater and the mistress. Sadly, this was mentioned only once in the book, that too by the mistress, and only in passing.
Two more things: there are no tall residential buildings for someone to fall to their death from in DC because apart from the Washington Monument, nothing can be taller than the Capitol by law. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST CALL THE WOMAN EVA!!!