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...don't quite resolve themselves. The events in this book are like the events in a dream: related but hazy. You spend a lot of time floating around the protagonist's thoughts and feelings, yet by the end of the book, you still don't feel like you know who he is or understand his motives. There's a lot of talk about parents and child abuse, but this only muddles the character because it seems he had a pretty good childhood until one very significant event. That this event, now 20 years past, plays a big role in the character's life due, presumably, to the events that take place in the opening scene is unconvincing.
The reveal of the killer makes you say "Huh?" instead of "Ah ha!" because it seems to come out of left field. Piccirilli doesn't set up enough clues throughout the story for the revelation to feel natural; that moment of "I should have known it all along!" is missing for the reader.
Corren does a good job with the voices of each character, and the descriptive writing brings the location to life if not the characters.
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