Sometimes with crime mysteries, the characters get lost in the details of the crime and the mystery they are trying to solve. That can still make an interesting story, but the mystery is always better when the characters come to life and readers connect.
Vondrak did a good job with the relationships in this book. I felt concerned about the characters not only when they were in danger, but also just in general. I wanted them to make it through and not be screwed over because they were trying to o the right thing. I wanted them to find their places in life and be happy.
Each of the two main characters had pasts that made it hard for them to fit in when the book starts. I enjoyed watching them change and grow throughout the story. In particular, the relationship that develops between Jim and Kathleen as partners kept me reading. They were both so independent in the beginning. The defined their roles in the partnership based on what others expected of them and what their duty was. It was interesting to watch them grow an develop a real partnership and friendship.
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The Edible Bookshelf is a place to share thoughts about the books you're reading, good or bad. I love to read, but I don't want to keep good books to myself. Not to mention, I don't want anyone else to have to suffer through a terrible book. Nobody wants that! I read fast, and I read a lot (although lately much of my reading is teeth related). Plus I write, which means I might be a little more critical than other readers, but I also read books for enjoyment. I don't like books with holes in the plot, story lines only put in purely for shock value, or token characters thrown in to appease critics. What I do like are books that have realistic characters that make me care about them and stories that pull me in to the point that I can't put them down. So here's a place to find out what at least one avid reader/writer thinks about the books you've been hearing about. I'll give you my honest opinion, take it or leave it. And if you have a book you've read, or one you want me to read, pass it along. Happy reading everyone!