3.5 stars I quite liked this one--cool future tech, interesting characters, and engrossing plot. I'm not sure how I feel about some elements of the th...more3.5 stars I quite liked this one--cool future tech, interesting characters, and engrossing plot. I'm not sure how I feel about some elements of the the ending, however, as the guardianship stuff seemed pretty farfetched (I know, I know, I can buy dream-mining, but there's got to be some logic even within fantastical circumstances), and I'm not clear on exactly what happened in those final moments. A stronger finish would have been better, as well as a little more detail/development with the stepfather stuff and the female relationships. Still, lots to enjoy here, including cool technology, reality show integrated into daily life in a believable way, and investment in Rosie and her friends. Look forward to book two! (less)
Well, this was fun! I had heard such great things about this book from my friend Karen at FWIW, but I approached this with some trepidation since I wa...moreWell, this was fun! I had heard such great things about this book from my friend Karen at FWIW, but I approached this with some trepidation since I wasn't a huge fan of UNDER THE NEVER SKY. This turned out to be such a flirty and sexy story, though, and a really enjoyable addition to the NA genre. Plus it's actually about that age post-college when you're embarking on your career. There's some escapist/strains credibility rom-com type stuff, but I didn't really mind that. And big, big points for elements of the Los Angeles/art/entertainment/corporate settings and intern/job experience being handled with a lot of authenticity.
One quibble: after such great build-up with sexual chemistry/tension, I think the actual sex could have been a little better, and maybe more of it. Still, a really fun romance...and I'll definitely be reading more books from these authors in the future.(less)
2.5 stars Karin Slaughter tops my list of favorite crime writers, and she's certainly the one who writes the most engrossing police procedurals, as we...more2.5 stars Karin Slaughter tops my list of favorite crime writers, and she's certainly the one who writes the most engrossing police procedurals, as well as the one who usually succeeds in leaving you gasping after she's punched you in the emotional gut. But while I was excited about the idea of a new book outside of the Georgia series, this one didn't quite work for me.
I appreciate the author's tackling a difficult time period in showing the rampant racism and sexism of the 1970s, but this book was so unrelentingly grim and violent that it was really difficult to read. I know Slaughter's been criticized for her portrayal of violence against women in the past, but I never thought that was fair--her Grant County and Will Trent series were unflinching about their gruesome crimes, sure, but that was tempered with gravity and humor and genuinely poignant relationships of all kinds.
In Cop Town, the moments of finer emotion are scarce, and it feels as though you're constantly on the verge of being backhanded across the face and called a filthy slit for daring to want more of that. ("Slit" is used many, many, many, many times, as are countless other appallingly derogatory terms for women and minorities. The point is hammered in pretty heavily.) The story is about the oppressed being further beaten down and follows Maggie and Kate, new partners who (eventually) take control of their lives, as they investigate a series of execution-style cop killings. But even the two main characters we're supposed to root for are often hard to relate to or care about. Kate's transformation from "fucking new girl" to hardened cop isn't as memorable as I'd hoped ( and her dumb personal choices often made me want to shake her), and Maggie goes through so much abuse that it overshadows everything else we know about her.
I did enjoy undercover officer Gail's batshit crazy story arc, and I'm perfectly fine with how things turned out for just about all the characters. It's not the most complex or engrossing of Slaughter's mysteries (the killer's motivations as well as his fixation on Kate are hastily explained in the end, which is disappointing after so much build-up, and I don't love an overabundance of killer POV chapters anyway), but her characters are so indelible that you hardly notice until it's all over. But given that there is so much violence in this story, and specifically so much violence against women, this was just extremely difficult to get through on a number of levels.
Cop Town is well-crafted, but was it an enjoyable read? Not really, at least for me. I'm feeling more tired and battered after finishing it than anything else. If you're curious about this author, I'd recommend her other series instead. The order in which they should be read is on my Blindsighted review.
I will still probably read the next book in this series out of curiosity since things are marginally getting better climate-wise in the end, and I also find it hard to resist any Slaughter novels. But in the meantime, I'm going to go wait quietly in the corner for the next Will and Sara book. (view spoiler)[I'm hoping Angie gets what's coming to her soon! Yeah, that'll never happen. (hide spoiler)]
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