I have seen this author being discussed on multiple blogs the past couple of years and hen I got a chance to read the first in a new series I had to give it a try.
Once again though, I hit the roadblock of not liking something popularly lauded. I am not sure exactly what it could be. The mystery itself was pretty exciting and twisted. We have a body recovered from a burning house. At this house, they also find remains of burnt money which immediately has bells ringing in the minds of people who have been on the force for longer. This older case that everyone is reminded of might be connected to an even earlier case! So far, so good, but then come the investigation officers. Our series lead Jack Warr started off an interesting chap, a little laid back but once the case gets more convoluted, he gets involved. The storyline got a little absurd when he starts to investigate his own life, and it turns out that the excuses he gives might actually end up being based in fact (not something he knows when lying in the first place). The coincidences were too strong to digest, and if he was not there in the story, I would have rated it higher. In the same way, if the main plot was even slightly different, I might have not finished the book.
I have read quite a few grey characters in the books I have been reading, and I am not ethically opposed to them, but in this case, large chunks of Jack Warr’s personality seem hard to digest and just move on. I have to iterate that I am in the minority and this has happened to me when reading thrillers and police procedurals, with me not liking many. If you have read this author before and liked her books, then I am sure you will enjoy this too!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.