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The character development was fantastic, and where the protagonist sometimes felt flat in the first novel, that problem was corrected here. The depth and detail provided by the flashback scenes was perfect (what child of the 8os doesn't have a soft spot for the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine?) to develop the main character, her motivations and relationships.
I have only one criticism and that is that if you are writing a series, not every loose end has to be neatly wrapped up by the end of the current book (the treatment of the boyfriend situation at the end felt like an afterthought and wasn't really necessary - it could be explained away or incorporated at the beginning of the next book).
I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series!
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!
If those were the *best* things to be said about TOO HARD TO HANDLE, it wouldn't be much of a recommendation. Happily, there's a lot more. I liked Mara Cunningham a lot as a protagonist in the author's first book, TOO CLOSE TO MISS, and I like her even more here. She's a great character to spend time with - your responsible, passionate, funny grownup friend who hungers and thirsts for justice, if your friend were just a bit more of a badass. Last time around, she had to figure out who murdered her down-low boyfriend and his family. This time, her long lost brother appears to have shot a policeman, and she has to figure out what really happened and find her brother before the cops do.
I loved the flashback scenes from Mara and her brother's childhood. They rang true. The scenes in the present feature returning characters from TOO CLOSE TO MISS - including Mara's co-workers at her newspaper and her allies/sparring partners among the police - and an engrossing array of suspects and foils. Perich manages to give his secondary characters clear profiles without making them cutesy eccentrics. The story itself has momentum, and I cared very much how Mara resolved her brother's predicament, and her own predicament: which is to say, her brother.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found myself as drawn in and thrilled by the second installment in the Mara Cunningham series as I was by the first one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Lederer
The second of the series has kept me intrigued as much as the first. I read it all in one day. I had to. There was too much action to put it down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bonnie Gelb
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 17 months ago by DfromDot
Even better than the author's first take on the character. A fast fun read that will keep you turning pages. Thrills and surprises aplenty. Read morePublished 20 months ago by David W. Lindquist
Was looking forward to Mara Cunningham's next mystery challenge. Was not disappointed.Published 24 months ago by Russ Mahoney
Honestly, I preferred the first book in the series to this one. To compare, the first book felt had a sense of tension as Mara couldn't escape the trouble that came after her,... Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Hello
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