Read 1/1/20 – 1/5/20
This was my first read of the decade and I liked it. I left it ready to give it 4/5 stars, but a week later it doesn’t really shine. I read this while traveling. I enjoyed it, but I am struggling with whether it is worth giving 4 stars. It was a compelling story about a mother accused of killing her son and several others in a fire. The author crafts an enjoyable legal drama. It feels like it could be an episode of SVU, which is good and bad. I think the worst part of the book was just an inability to connect with the characters. I didn’t always follow who was who, and by the time I caught up, it made what was happening less effective overall.
It wasn’t a bad story aside from being a little convoluted. It was a solid mystery thriller than I don’t regret reading. I am reviewing this a bit late after having the flu, so I don’t have much more to say. It is a good book that I recommend. For me, it doesn’t shine among the best of the best as it fades into the background of good books I’ve read, but not loved. 3.5/5 stars.