Above average characters in the book, with strong and clearly defined female and male leads. Cussing is scattered throughout the book but no sexual co...moreAbove average characters in the book, with strong and clearly defined female and male leads. Cussing is scattered throughout the book but no sexual content. The sweet romance buildup was pleasant. A good mystery without being too overly complex.
I didn’t read the first book in the series, but this one was recommended by my sister as being a better write than the first one. With that in mind, I didn’t feel too lost with all the introduced characters and felt I was able to slip into the story without too much trouble. The only thing I could wish for was previous knowledge of how the characters interacted so I could know if this was a new development or not. My sister offered to clarify anything from the first book if I had any questions but I didn’t feel the need to as most of the relevant pieces were given a brief history in the second book. I will admit this book didn’t draw me in as some other books I’ve read, but I did still enjoy it as a whole.
Having the point of view all told from the main character, a functioning autistic person was a new idea to me and I must admit I did enjoy the observations of all the non-verbal cues. Genevieve (or Jenny to her friends) was well written and while the reader could understand most of the conversations and social interactions going on, through her you also were able to pick up a sense of her frustration and inability to quickly grasp the social context. This also gave the perfect excuse for Jenny to just up and drop a social bomb right out of the blue in front of up to five people, as Jenny doesn’t feel the social pressure to not bring up taboo subjects, there is no reason in her mind not to. The resulting squirming, coughs and/or tattle telling were amusing to observe.
Even though this is set in France, I didn’t have much impression of the surroundings. Enough was written so I wouldn’t feel lost, and main buildings that were visited were described enough without too much detail. Perhaps this is also because it is written from Jenny’s point of view and the surroundings might not merit enough of her attention. The group as a whole don’t travel too far and wide and we got to experience some of Europe’s narrow streets, but I still would of appreciated a few more details, even if they didn’t have direct bearing on the story.
This was more of a character driven story than a plot driven which, if there is to be any lacking, is the way I would have it. There are quite a bit of characters in this one and most of them interact with each other and often there are group meetings were everyone is interacting. All this is done quite well, with lovely character development in almost all of them. Phillip, Jenny’s boss, doesn’t get too much page time and Vinnie seems to have the least development of all. But still, all in all, quite satisfying. It was this type of interaction that kept me reading the book despite the language used throughout the book.
I was shocked that it was just cussing in the book. There were no “accidental” bathroom scenes, no groping or anything sensual. It was wonderful to be able to relax and read a book without having to be alert and keep the characters at a distance because anytime the author might decide that the book and characters alone aren’t exciting enough without throwing in some R-rated material. I did enjoy the soft and slow buildup of relationship between two of the characters, it showed a lot of character when he was willing to be patient and stay aware of certain things. I also appreciated that the bad guy stayed the bad guy.
I did guess some of the mystery and players ahead of time after just two hints, but that may just be the very active Zelda/Link Dungeon Master in me constantly trying to connection points together.(less)