Author: Anne McAneny
Story: A pregnant Bridgette Perkins is murdered. Her boyfriend, and soon to be father of her children (she is pregnant with twins!) goes to jail for the murder. Simultaneously, the Haiku Killer was on the loose and many speculated that he was really responsible for Bridgette’s death. Her now grown daughter (one of the twins) Janie, attempts to find the true identity of the Haiku Killer, and in the process, discover what really happened to her mother.
What Worked: The protagonist, Janie, was extremely relatable. I love reading stories about female protagonists who have lost their mother because yes, I can relate and reading stories about it somehow makes me feel less alone, and helps to sort out the feelings I have towards the unsolved mystery part. The back and forth in time between Janie’s mother, and her childhood was expertly done. I’ve been working on it for some time, and it is extremely difficult to get that sort of tone right. Writing from the view of a child, once you are an adult takes skill! The plot twists weren’t predictable, but also weren’t over the top. In other words, mostly believable.
What Needed Work: There were a few scenes that didn’t work for me. One was the scene where an Sophie Andricola, a computer forensics artist sees something in a crime scene photo that no one else was able to, based on the way she manipulated the photo’s – I had a hard time grasping. Maybe I’m slow, which I’m not disputing, but I couldn’t understand the technology behind how she manipulated the photo’s.
The other scene that didn’t work for me, and I will try to word this in a way that avoids spoilers, is towards the end when she is confronted with conflict in the storage garage. It’s just not that believable. These two qualms are small beans in light of the entire novel however. It really is superb. The story I’ve been waiting to devour all year.
Overall: It’s likely to be the last book I finish reading in 2016 and WOW!!! It is definitely my favorite of all 18! My stomach was as twisted as the story. I found this through a google search while writing my own story. This novel was written in 2015. How is this not a best seller? How is this not popping up on all my “recommended reading” lists for mystery/thrillers? I guess it goes to show you that sometimes you need to step away from those “mainstream lists” and do your own digging, your own discovering. I’m not going to mention any names (not that these authors would see this little old page but…) I’ve read many of the best sellers and recommended readings this year, and more than half don’t compete with this book.
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