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VINE VOICEon August 2, 2012
Although WEB OF EVIL by J. A. Jance is an okay read there is nothing really special or unpredictable about it. While the opening chapter is one that hooks you, the narrative progresses into just another mundane who-dunnit and why tale of the "dumped" wife suspected of murdering her husband for financial gain while the flaky pregnant girlfriend bemoans her fate.

Ali Reynolds, the wife, is an ex television news-reporter who appears to have about as much common sense as a turnip. When told by her lawyer to maintain a low profile and keep her mouth shut she immediately "spills her guts" in her internet blog and then seems surprised that the police have read it and consider her a prime suspect. Her reaction to and interaction with some of the other characters in this book is also a little hard to swallow as is the fact that she ever held a responsible job in the real world. I don't know about other readers of this book, but I found it difficult to relate to, let alone bond with, a woman as stubborn and obtuse as she appears to be. Even her homicide detective friend Dave Holman is a cardboard cutout of a super hero, always johnny-on-the-spot with a solution when things get rough for Ali. The only "real" characters in this book are Ali's parents an amusing couple who run a diner in Sedona and appear to lead a normal life - - - or could if it weren't for their daughter.

I have read a couple of other books by this author and this is definitely not one of her best. The word that most accurately describes it would be mediocre.
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