I like to read mysteries and thrillers. I’ve been a mystery hound since I learned to read. I picked up a book by Lisa Black when I was in South Fla for my son’s graduation. The book happened to be the second in a series but I never felt like I had to have read the first one to enjoy this one. It was a good read but it had what experts call a saggy middle.
The story started off well and moved pretty fast for a while. Then, it seemed to get bogged down. I found that it was easy to put it down and do other things. I usually read books quickly but this one took several days because it dragged for a while. Once I got about 3/4 of the way through it, the pace picked up and then it became one that I didn’t want to put down.
The writer is a forensic scientist and that is very clear by the level of her writing of the scenes dealing with the protagonist in the lab and as she gathers evidence. I got pretty annoyed at the protagonist at some of the bone-headed things she did but it did make for an interesting read. One thing I enjoyed was the camaraderie of the protagonist with her cousin, the detective. I also appreciated that the author didn’t have the protagonist get over the death of her fiance too easily.
All in all, I recommend this book. It had a unique murder method, made good use of the video game culture of this country, had a likeable but exasperating heroine, as well as what seems to be a wonderful new love interest in the wings. I have to say that I give it an 8 out of 10 on the Jillian scale.