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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 2, 2016
I purchased this book for $5.99 back on September 5, 2010 but only recently got around to reading it. I don't know what compelled me to purchase the book back then, but I'm glad I did. The author, Lisa Gardner, combines writing in 3rd person and 1st person in this book. Switching between points of view can be dangerous unless you really are an adept writer. Lisa Gardner pulled it off in spades. Since the writing style of this book isn't what we're used to reading, I went to the reviews on Amazon to see what other readers thought. I always like to focus on the worst reviews first, since I feel like the lower reviews are more real and contain more information. There were indeed comments about the switching of points of view - all negative. I guess most readers don't enjoy the jumping back and forth. And I will admit that it is hard to follow, but once again, I found the writing style interesting and well done. The basis for most of the low reviews was, however, the readers' profound dislike for the lead character, Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren. I wholeheartedly agree with the comments made in the one and two star reviews . . . the lead character is extremely unlikeable and to be totally honest - she's a b***h. I dislike her immensely and therefore won't be reading any more "D.D. Warren" books. Plus, she's dumb at her job and adds absolutely nothing to the plot. Poor main character, Lisa Gardner!!!! The book could easily have been a five star book had the lead character contributed something. The plot is centered around two tortured souls who are married and have a child called Ree (???) - the child's name is Clarissa Jane Jones. The father, "Mr. McDreamy" Jason Jones, is a wimpy, quiet, introverted man that just sits around watching his daughter, while the case builds against him. Even so, I liked Jason and felt sorry for him throughout the book. There's a hint given towards the end as to why Jason's behavior is so abnormal, but it is never clearly stated. I still wonder what happened to Jason Jones as a child.
His beautiful wife, Sandy goes missing creating the main plot thread. Sandy is another tortured soul who makes stupid decisions but her backstory is revealed towards the end of the book, allowing you to justify her behavior (sort of). Just about the time I got tired to not knowing what the hell happened with everyone, the author wraps things up rather quickly. Other reviews didn't like the quick wrap-up, but I was OK with it since I was utterly exhausted with the slow moving plot. The saving grace for me was the interesting writing style of the author, which I think Lisa Gardner pull off quite well. Three stars for this book that could be a five star effort. (P.S. The grammar was OK in this book except in the areas written in italics . . . periods were continually omitted. The book needs better editing.)