This is the fifth book in the Jackson Brodie series, and well, I don’t really feel compelled to run down the entire series for you for a couple of reasons. 1) I am not entirely sure I could tell you exactly what happens in every one of them or be able to correctly tell which thing happens in which book. I go back and forth on this series: a few of them I really like and a few of them, including the first one, I am kind of meh on.
This one I am halfway between liking a lot and being a little meh. For the most part it’s good.
One thing that’s great about this is that the audiobook is read by Jackson Brodie himself, Jason Isaacs, which is great.
Also, what’s really good about this is that we see the characters growing with the times we live in. This is a novel that is very aware of the zeitgeist of 2019, which means Brexit and Trump, even though it’s not dwelling in those things. But the characters are acting like we act — kind of constantly aware of the complete and utter bullshit we’re experiencing right now, and fifty year old men are not exactly “woke” but they’re more aware of what that means and what expectations come with that.
So there’s some funny elements of criminals also being conscientious of gender etc. It’s about trafficking and sex work and it’s not treated as a deep shame for the women involved, nor is it treating them purely as victims. Instead, victims are victims and that’s it.
It’s perfectly good, but like I said, I don’t always love these books, but this one was just fine.