I am tired of male authors who, after having success with a male protagonist series, try their hand at a female lead. And then treat her like their faI am tired of male authors who, after having success with a male protagonist series, try their hand at a female lead. And then treat her like their favorite wet dream of a tough girl.
Kay Hamilton is yet another cookie-cutter brass-balled b*tch with an impressive rack, authority issues, and the sexual mores of an alley cat. She is unsympathetic and her turnaround is hard to believe. The one or two times that true emotional scenes or possible character development seem about to happen Lawson introduces the idea, then cuts to the next scene.
Rosarito Beach (and its heroine) is like a churro, all spice and sugar on the outside and nothing of substance inside....more
The plot, while fairly predictable, was still entertaining.
The ancillary characters were more entertaining, for the most part, than the main. HannahThe plot, while fairly predictable, was still entertaining.
The ancillary characters were more entertaining, for the most part, than the main. Hannah spends way too much time in her own head, particularly in the first half of the book where she ruminates on herself and her body far more, and in far more specific detail, than any real woman I've ever met.
To me, Hannah lacks authenticity. She sounds like what a misogynist thinks a strong woman should sound like.
For a better look at a male writer creating a strong female protagonist, try Robert Parker's Sunny Randall series....more
*** I received a digital ARC of this book as part of Penguin's First To Read program ***
I was unfamiliar with the author or the character when I found*** I received a digital ARC of this book as part of Penguin's First To Read program ***
I was unfamiliar with the author or the character when I found out I was getting an ARC of Haunted, so I tracked down the first two books in the Hannah Smith series from my library so I wouldn't be going in blind.
I needn't have. There wasn't much in this book that harkened back to the first two volumes and it did avoid most of the pitfalls of the first two books.
That said, Hannah's obsession with her own self-image still weighs heavily on the character and makes her feel particularly false to me as a female reader. If she was a real person I'd want to smack her and tell her to act like an adult and get over it already.
Otherwise, honestly? This thing was a muddled mess. There was no satisfactory resolution to any of the mysteries. There was technical resolution, but the book just stopped cold at the height of the action. I read a lot of mysteries, and while the tidy wrap up at the end is a trope of the genre, it's there for a reason. I want to know who the woman in the red blouse was, whether Birdy's aunt came away from her legal battle unscathed, and how Hannah managed to explain it to the authorities. Not having this resolution irked me -- I'm still left wondering if my ARC file was corrupt or missing a chapter at the end.
I enjoy an author who knows and loves the geography where their novel(s) are set, but there is a fine line between enough geography to give readers a feel for the environment, and so much that it overwhelms plot and character. Mr. White obviously loves his home state and it's history and heritage. That's great, and I'm glad he's found an outlet for sharing that in his nonfiction work, but that's where he should have left it. All three books in the series suffered from this issue, sadly.
All in all, a solid two stars, which GoodReads tells me means, "It was okay." It was. But it wasn't great and I don't anticipate reading any more of this author's work....more