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Here’s the thing. I don’t think SACRED is intended to be the same kind of installment as the other Patrick and Angie novels. This one is more laid back. The mystery angle is kind of pushed to the back-burner, treated as the McGuffin it is, and we get a little more of what really makes ths series worth reading. That is to say Patrick and Angie. It’s clear to me that Lehane by now is getting tired of building a better mouse trap, if you know what I mean. Writing a mystery with a “gotcha” ending and everything else is like building a machine. It’s mechanical and ultimately little more than a magic trick that has to get boring when you’re doing it year in and year out. At this point Lehane was on this third Patrick and Angie book. You can feel him just wanting to do away with conventions and write about PEOPLE. Frankly I would have dug that. I think a lot of us would. Also I’m from Tampa, and it was awesome reading these beloved characters occupy the same place as me. I rarely get that because Tampa isn’t exactly L.A., New York or even Miami.
The books immediately following SACRED are GONE BABY GONE and MYSTIC RIVER, arguably Lehane’s two most famous novels and masterpieces. While Lehane perfects his “mousetraps,” he also allows a hell of a lot more room for his characters to exists beyond that. He always did, but this is another level. Sacred was kind of a transition, I think.
I love SACRED. It stands apart from the other Patrick and Angie novel, and I’m glad. It’s more relaxed. Breezier. The most like spending time with good friends before they’re put through the ringer in subsequent books.
Looking at reviews, SACRED is kind of a love it or hate it thing. I don’t get how fans of the series, true fans, could possibly hate it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This isn't quite as good as some of the earlier Lehane's in this series. The story is a little more improbable, and the social commentary not quite as sharp as the earlier stories. You certainly still care about the main characters, and the bad people are really bad. The conclusion was ingenious, and it worked.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful