Inspired by other Cannonballers, I wanted to expand my horizons a little bit. So this one isn’t something I normally would have read, but it was just fine. I don’t read a lot of (plain? regular? non-genre?) fiction, where it’s just “this happened and then these people did this and then some more life stuff.” So while reading this book about a woman who escapes an abusive husband and then a second less-scary but also-unpleasant husband, going about making a new life for herself, I kept waiting for the rest of the story to start. A brutal murder? A hideous secret? Is she really a werewolf? Nope, just regular people.
It’s not quite as vanilla as all that. Polly is an interesting character, driven and focused, and surprisingly ruthless. Adam is a private investigator sent to follow her by a crooked insurance agent who’s convinced she’s got money stashed away. They fall in love while circling suspiciously around each other’s secrets.
None of the characters are super-likeable, and I kept waiting for the truth to come out in a big dramatic way, but really it was a bunch of small, less-dramatic truths. I could see the skill in the writing, but the overall type of story was not for me.