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A Baltimore native but a Massachusetts resident, John teaches and practices jiu-jitsu, turns a winking eye to pop culture on Overthinking It, samples whiskey indiscriminately but responsibly, and rocks a mean karaoke mic.
Top Customer Reviews
This story is personal to Mara, focusing on her family life and her childhood. I feel like the character was already well established by the end of the last book, and while the back story added interesting dimension, I felt it was unnecessary. Ironically, this sequel felt a lot more like a prequel to me.
Obviously, my opinion is highly subjective. Others may have different takes, and if you haven't read the first book, you may not respond to these specific criticisms. The only real weakness to this novel as a stand-alone was the romantic subplot, which never connected to the main plot. I was waiting for a big twist or for the love interest to get kidnapped or killed or something, but instead, he was just kind of there through the story, never quite integrating with the rest of the plot.
I'd read Too Close Too Miss first, but don't stop there.
The writing is tight, and the book is hard to put down. Actually, if I have one complaint about this book, it's that I wanted it to last longer.
Every gritty moment, every hard-earned victory, every punch-in-the-gut memory of childhood pain, I was with Mara to the last. The scenes were all well described but the style was fast-paced. Reading this was like watching the movie play out in my head. In fact, if this doesn't get made into a movie I will be very surprised.
Mara Cunningham is smart and real. But the real heroine of the book is the city of Boston herself. Ok, yes, I live in Boston, so saying I felt like I was really there is superfluous. I WAS really there. But the research on the city is impeccable. This is not the Boston of stereotypes and bad movies. The city was a living, breathing part of Mara's story and Mara's life. And I can't wait to see what Mara, and Boston, do in the next book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast read with a strong and relatable female lead. The mystery could have been more complex or gripping, but the book remains a fun read.Published 12 months ago by DfromDot
Was looking forward to Mara Cunningham's next mystery challenge. Was not disappointed.Published 18 months ago by Russ Mahoney
I cannot tell a lie. this book is super dope. I wish I was Mara, but I will settle for reading about her and pretending.Published on October 13, 2013 by K. Sawyer
I liked the characterizations and the way the author folded in the back story. Lots of action -- and credible. I'm looking forward to reading another by this author.Published on August 3, 2013 by mlr