First of all, somehow I accidently gave this book a 5 star rating and I only meant to give it a 3 star rating. I did enjoy the book, but it was written a little simplistically (sp?). AND the sooner Faye Kellerman gets rid of that jerk Tyler McAdams, who Peter calls "Harvard" the better. I've put up with that juvenile acting idiot for several books now and he seems to be regressing and getting younger and more belligerent with each book. Anyway, he wasn't referred to a lot in this book, so maybe the author is rethinking about using this character.
The plot was pretty good, but I have to admit, being in the small town in New York compared to being in Los Angeles does seem to limit the ideas for cases.
Unlike previous books of this series, I found this one poorly written. I wasn't even sure it was written by Faye Kellerman. To make matters worse, the reader of the audio version did not help (he was boring at best) but this may be because the quality of the writing was so juvenile.
As I had just previously listened to Bone Box, read by Richard Ferrone, the difference in quality was striking
It was hard to concentrate on the story of 'Walking Shadows' which is unusual for Faye Kellerman because usually her plots are tightly woven. The are a bevy of family members (of good guys, bad guys and victims!); it's hard to sort them all out and remember who belongs to whom ... and why, especially when all their names are similar and start with the same letter. Also, a character pivotal to the story (and possibly Decker via his daughter) literally walks away toward the end, never to be seen again and no one knows where? No one asks?
I thought the passage of a witness telling Decker to read Alex Delaware novels was funny, BUT did Faye forget he actually consulted/worked with Alex and Sturgis in a previous story? Evidently. How did an editor not catch that?
Peter Decker is wasted in a small town. It might be time to let him retire.
3.5 stars,because this book was slow going for me and shouldn't have been.
Meh ~ I've read all the Decker/Lazarus books, and while I do appreciate that Faye Kellerman has "aged" the duo appropriately, I was sorry to see that Rina has been reduced to a footnote of her former self. The story itself was interesting (as always) but I wasn't at all captivated by it. I found myself longing for more of a story line for Rina as well as more lessons in the Jewish faith (which as someone whose knowledge of the Jewish faith was limited to generalities such as matzoh and bagels) I thought was an ingenious way to introduce it to the masses. Anyway, it was worth the read but I honestly don't see where the author can take this formerly dynamic duo from here nor do I think I care.
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