Really liked this and will plan to read more in the series. I wish my library had the rest to borrow on the Kindle. Guess it's time to make a trip to...moreReally liked this and will plan to read more in the series. I wish my library had the rest to borrow on the Kindle. Guess it's time to make a trip to get the actual book!(less)
**spoiler alert** I typically love these multi-generational sagas, and all the better if they take place on some exotic island or otherwise lovely coa...more**spoiler alert** I typically love these multi-generational sagas, and all the better if they take place on some exotic island or otherwise lovely coastal destination. The cherry on top is if they revolve around summer.
This book has all those elements--multiple generations, and the chapters are written from the viewpoint of several characters. We are nearing the summer season, and the characters are preparing, as they always do, for their annual summer pilgrimage to the family cottage in coastal Maine. So far, so good.
There things fell apart a little bit. The primary character, Alice, was unlikable through most of the book. Although I think the author did a good job with delivering her backstory and helping me to understand her motivations and what drove her personality. I almost wish the whole book were just from her viewpoint, with the others as supporting characters. Some ends were left a little too loose for my liking, and I think the redemption of the character--what little there was--came too late.
The other characters, well....Kathleen I felt was the most interesting and likeable. Which is odd, because I think I was supposed to not like her and to think she was a selfish immature ungrateful brat, even into her fifties. I thought she did a great job of overcoming the family struggles, using the tools she had. Others may disagree based on her choices....but I thought she was really the only person I'd want to know more about.
I don't feel I got enough of the big picture of Maggie, or perhaps the picture was big enough, but it was conflicting. Was she strong and independent? Or was she carrying on the traditions of her wacky family? Hard to say...and maybe it's a little of both. That's true of many of us, right?
The less said about Ann Marie the better.
Overall, I'd recommend it because the writing is good. But I did spend a lot of time wishing SOMETHING would actually happen. It's got all the elements of a good, female-centric family drama, and while I didn't hate it, I also didn't love it. (less)
Not bad, not bad! This was my introduction to this author. I was intrigued by the protagonist - who has (is?) "MPD", or Multiple Personality Disorder....moreNot bad, not bad! This was my introduction to this author. I was intrigued by the protagonist - who has (is?) "MPD", or Multiple Personality Disorder. At first it was jarring to learn three separate personalities narrating the story. But Davidson did a great job in establishing unmistakable voices for Cadence and her "sisters". The supporting cast was great also-Cadence's covert ops branch of the FBI co-workers and assorted friends. I definitely finished the book wanting to know more and revisit with these people. You find out what caused Cadence to develop her other personalities towards the end of the book, which I liked a lot. It helps to make her seem whole (no pun intended) and "real" and I'm fully invested in her and her story now.
The central mystery I felt was wrapped up almost too simply. The tone of the book is cozy mystery, but the case involves a rather violent serial killer (is there any other kind?). So that was a little jarring. And while the case gets resolved, I was still left thinking "Wait, what?". The WHY just didn't make a lot of sense to me. But I think with the crime element, I always expect a complicated, tangled mess of a mystery to unravel. I do watch a lot of crime tv -- NCIS, CSI, Law & Order, etc. This had the dark edge to it that many of those shows have, but with a comedic element that took a while to gel together. I do have a fondness for black comedy, so I was able to roll with it. I understand this author has written a lot of romance and paranormal romance books, so this is a definite departure. What is great about it is not a single vampire, demon, werewolf, or other paranormal character makes an appearance (although I wondered about Cadence's BFF's brother for a while there). Don't get me wrong, I like those elements in books, but it's also nice to find one that is something a little different. And this book - and Cadence Jones - are definitely it! (less)
Much like early Evanovich, I have no doubt Lisa Lutz will make me laugh even before I read a word. I have grown to love the Spellman clan and almost (...moreMuch like early Evanovich, I have no doubt Lisa Lutz will make me laugh even before I read a word. I have grown to love the Spellman clan and almost (ALMOST) wish they were real people so I could be friends with them. This book definitely had the finality that indicates the end of a series. I guess never say never though, right? I have read rumors that a tv series is in the works. I would love for that to see the light of day! Let the casting discussions begin!
As for the plot of the book...classic Spellman. A couple of interesting paying cases, a whole lot of Izzy freelancing. Family drama. Hilarious family dinner scenes. Revenge, secrets, more revenge....you get the picture. Lots of Henry, Maggie, and other favorite supporting cast as well. I can't say enough good things about this series. I think "document" #2 was my favorite, but it's hard to choose.
I'm envious of anyone who has yet to discover the Spellmans. If you like Stephanie Plum and similar, run, don't walk, to pick up document #1, The Spellman Files (now available in paperback!). GO!(less)
I get a kick out of the Jennifer/Bob team up. Yes, they're silly, fluffy, and totally implausible. And that's why they're so fun! This was a great sum...moreI get a kick out of the Jennifer/Bob team up. Yes, they're silly, fluffy, and totally implausible. And that's why they're so fun! This was a great summer book to read in the hammock.(less)