Friday, May 31, 2013

Book review: Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath

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I'm usually not one for first-person narration or a crime drama, but this book grabbed my attention and held on.

 Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is on the hunt for a serial killer. At the same time, she'd dealing with her ailing mother, her new boyfriend, her ex-husband, a partner in a midlife crisis, and a deranged cat. It makes for some pretty stressful days, even after the killer is found.

 The story plays out like a Law & Order episode, there the first half involves finding the criminal, and the second is about the prosecution. It's also like a roller coaster, in that there's a slow, meticulous ride to the top, but once you hit the middle, is a rushed blur that ends too quickly.

I liked the characters and Konrath's descriptions, although I did find the author tended to overuse some phrases. It was obvious that this book is part of a series. Jack is dealing with what appears to be post-traumatic stress, but we don't know from what. Rather than put me off the story, though, it made me want to go back to the beginning of the series: "Whiskey Sour."