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Book 4 started with an interesting twist, but I thought it went off the rails when Will Robie went back to his hometown in Mississippi to find out why his father was jailed for murder.
First I didn't understand why Will would have the burning desire to see his abusive father Dan after 20+ years with no contact. Although Will was surprised to discover he has a young step-mother and a 3 year old half-brother Ty (mistakenly referred to as a step brother), he was determined to help.
Will jumped into investigating the murder, which he did better than the police. The best scene of the book occurred when Reel dropped in to help Will - just love Jessica & her dry wit. The "murder mystery" was dark & dreary and the identity of the villains seemed contrived. Hard to believe that many violent sociopaths could grow up in 1 small town.
I disliked when Dan, a Vietnam vet, tried to explain why he routinely beat Will until he left home at 18. Excuse # 1 was that Dan's father was even more brutal and Excuse # 2 was his combat trauma, which didn't explain why Dan didn't abuse Ty. Dan claimed to care about Will, while never making an effort to find him and make amends.
I enjoyed the easy partnership between Will & Jessica and the fast moving action but thought the book needed more lighter moments.
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The Guilty starts off with Will Robie returning to his childhood home in small town Mississippi because his father, with whom he has been estranged for years, is in jail for murder. He finds that he now has a step-mother and half-brother. There are interesting local characters and the plot is okay for the first half of the book. From there it goes down-hill. People start dying at a rapid rate, the plot takes impossible turns, and I began to wonder if it was written by Baldacci or a ghost writer.
The ending was far-fetched and ALL in the last chapter where the villain is revealed and the pieces are tied in a bow that is not so neat and totally unbelievable. I don't mind a surprise ending if you can look back and see how the threads came together but this is not the case.
The book was a total disappointment.
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