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Kellerman made this installment a total win. I jumped in midstream with this series and felt no need to backstroke. The third-person story stands convincingly upright all by itself, with multiple points of view and differing perspectives in time. Warning though, if you like tight writing with a nice blend of police procedural and office politics; complex interrelationships and complicated personalities; all kinds of social issues; and solid momentum and grit, you will be tempted to take in the entire series from book one.
In this installment, something rather profound happens. As the narrative cuts through wave after wave of plot entanglements and tension, our main character, Georgia, slowly squats into a critical back seat. The deeper Georgia slips into the backdrop, the more she becomes an intricate part of the story and the grittier the theme. With this move, Kellerman masterfully shifts realities and perspectives so that they spin around Georgia without her being the center of attention.
Kellerman juxtaposes a myriad of character arcs, fast-pace investigation activity, and controversy in a way that makes this ramped up semidocumentary noir detective story pump like a heartbeat with credibility, and suck-you-in interest, and she does so without cluttering it with the kind of "extra" that can make a story hard to keep up with. Best yet, Kellerman does not leave you with the aftertaste you get when someone has jammed their opinion down your throat. This telling wiggles in plenty of room for the opinions of readers/listeners to breathe comfortably on their own.
Narrator Beth Richmond and Derek Shetterly performed well, nailing both male and female characters. Audible should consider an option of rating narrators separately or adding a new category for editor. Shetterly repeated whole lines in multiple places (editing issues, I’m sure), and worse, at Chapter 51 (the Audible rubric reads “Chapter 53”) where Shetterly again repeats a line, there is a terrible, almost disgusting clearing of the throat that “clearly” is not a part of the storyline or the author’s intent.
I was gifted with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Thanks AudioBook Boom!
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wow, great charecters, story is well developed. takes place in Chicago which is where I'm originally from. so I could relate to areas mentioned. starts with a murder and keeps u on the edge of ur seat from there. great narrative. makes u feel like ur right there. I will be reading others by this author. novel was given to me for a HONEST opinion.