**spoiler alert** This was definitely my least favorite of Giffin's books. I have read and loved all the others so this book was a huge disappointment...more**spoiler alert** This was definitely my least favorite of Giffin's books. I have read and loved all the others so this book was a huge disappointment. As a college football fan, the references and general setting were initially fun but the plot never got off the ground and the very very current references started to feel forced. It almost felt as if Giffin had something she wanted to say about college sports and the NCAA (I mean, don't we all) and was just trying to find a vehicle for her to put those comments out there. The result was a book that felt plotless and wandering.
My biggest complaint though, is that I never felt invested in the characters and the central romance made absolutely no sense to me. If anything the romance creeped me out. It was absolutely a stretch for me to believe that Shea would fall in love with Clive. From the start, Shea was painted as someone with serious daddy issues and to have her fall in love with (and have that feeling returned by) someone who was her surrogate father made me cringe. Early on it is established that Clive has know her pretty much since she was born, accepted her basically as one of his, and calls her "girl." If he had been painted as the hot older guy and not the best friend's dad, this would totally be fine. The age difference, not at all an issue. The dad thing. It felt very incestuous. That was the issue. Clive just came across as weird and creepy because his character was never developed! He was completely one dimensional and I was left with absolutely no understanding of that character. The same thing can be said for Shea, I think. I never really felt one way or the other about her. She was just there and never fully (or even partially!) formed. And the ending. THE ENDING. I did not buy Lucy caving at the end, telling Shea that she was wrong and Shea belongs with Clive. No, just no.
Aside from that, the ending just left me with a lot of questions - (1) where is Shea going to work? Is she going to take those interviews her dad offered to set up? If she goes to work in NYC or Connecticut will she and Clive have a long distance relationship?! (2) What happened to the NCAA investigation?! It served no purpose in the plot and was ultimately pushed aside. Was there merit to it? The old accusations about boosters buying things for kids?! Why did you throw this in to leave us hanging?! (3) and worst of all, the abusive ex boyfriend Dallas Cowboys QB. He is going to therapy and everything is ok? Someone accused him of rape in college, it gets swept under the rug and Shea gets over it super fast? No. Also, the phone call with his ex wife, to me there was a rape insinuation in there. We're really just letting this go away that easily?
Ugh. I waited so long for this book and was so disappointed. I really hope Giffn's next outing is better. (less)
This collection felt a little randomly thrown together and I think I enjoyed it less than some of the other Christie story collections I own. I also m...moreThis collection felt a little randomly thrown together and I think I enjoyed it less than some of the other Christie story collections I own. I also made the mistake of buying this book without realizing it contains two Miss Marple stories. I own the complete Miss Marple, so I'd already read those two stories. Whoopsie. Anyway, as always, Christie's stories offer an easy, quick, and entertaining read which it just what I need after a hectic day at work. (less)