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I certainly hope that Ms. Reid's future installments will at least be novel length. I gave it 3 stars-- I deducted one star because it was so short and for the abrupt series of cliff hanger endings. I get using that device once or twice or even three times. But it gets old after 8 consecutive books. Try something new. Grow a little as a writer.
I deducted another star for the criminal trial. It was not in any way accurate either in the testimonies of the witnesses (especially the coroner and the psychiatrist) or the judge's instructions (mentioning the dead bodies in the fridge would have been a unfairly prejudicial and an instruction to 'forget' doesn't do enough in situation like that). And finally the outcome.
Finally, I like this book because of the strong female lead. But in THIS book she has Mary sounding like a 50's house wife grateful for the big strong men around her to protect her from the boogeyman. She actually says: "I have a group of men who would never let him get near me again." Oy.
Reid, Terri (2012-08-22). Broken Promises - A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery (Book 8) (Kindle Locations 1588-1589). . Kindle Edition.
Anyway-- I'm in this for one more book but for the love of all that is good. Stop relying on cheap tricks like cliff hangers to keep your readers interested and improve your writing, the details of your research, the plot and the characters. That's why readers come back for more.
I love Ian. I sort of like Bradley, although a lot less than I did before True Luv turned his brain to mush. Stanley is WAY past his sell-buy date. Rosie is almost tolerable in this book, which indicates how far the series has dropped in my regard.
And then there's Mary--a 30-something woman with an Internet connection and a strong relationship with her mother, asking Rosie questions about sex that would have the average 14-year-old rolling her eyes and snickering at her naivete. AND she's too dimwitted to even understand what Rosie's talking about--geez, Louise.
This book doesn't even have a decent mystery. The "twist" after the trial could be seen coming a mile away. The whole thing with Clarissa, ditto. (And talk about bad mothers--Becca takes the award, hands down.). The whole book seemed like a contest between the characters for who would get the award for dumbest, most cloying, most annoying individual. (Clarissa gets a pass, because she was only eight, and did her best with the situation her stupid mother got her into.)
The only redeeming feature is that Mike's back. Hopefully, he'll be able to salvage the next book. (Why do I keep reading these if I'm so disappointed, you ask? Because, like a dummy, I bought them all based on the strength of the first one, more fool I.)
Oh, and she really needs to get a better proofreader than her husband. Someone who understands the use of commas would be nice.
I heartily recommend the first two books in this series--after that, proceed at your own risk!