I misplaced this book halfway through reading it and I was SOOOO upset, because this was a page turner. Nothing is gonna be the Dublin Murder Squad books, but until Tana French starts writing as fast as I read, I’ve been desperate for something to scratch the mystery itch. Same with Liane Moriarty and her middle class Australian intrigue; I’ve been wanting something well written but still brisk and fun. This is kind of the perfect intersection of the two. So huzzah that this turned up and I got to find out whodunnit.
The mystery revolves around a murder in a smallish town where a teacher may or may not have had improper relationships with students, and the teacher’s neighbors. I’m explaining it poorly as much because the characters are much more interesting and there are so many of them, with the relationships well interwoven (making a tugging on any one thread interesting to the web overall) but also because I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises.
Definite recommendation, and I was so very pleased to get to the back cover of the book and see that the author is prolific. Perhaps the commentariat have better luck than I do, but threading the needle of “well written enough that I don’t want to throw the book against the wall” and “this is the reading equivalent of exercise where I don’t want to do it but will be happy once I’ve done it” has been a challenge with genre work for me. This hit the spot. Ready for more.