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U Is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
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Jul 27, 2010

it was amazing
Read in July, 2010

** spoiler alert ** I have been reading the books in this series for many years, and enjoyed this most recent one. There are several plots: the main story concerns a young man who comes to Kinsey because he has become convinced that he witnessed a crime when he was a little boy. He thinks he saw two men about to bury the body of a little girl who had been kidnapped. Then, several of his family members come forward with evidence that what he thought happened could not have happened after all.

However, Kinsey is also struggling to deal with the relatives she didn't know she had until her Aunt died. She thinks her mother's family did not care about her when she was younger: after her parents died in a car accident, when she was just 5 or 6, her mother's sister raised her, but did not tell her about the rest of the family. Now, one of her cousins finds a packet full of letters that shows her how wrong she was--and the price her aunt paid for keeping Kinsey to herself.

Some of the other characters from previous books are back: Kinsey's landlord, Henry, continues to serve as a friend and a safe person she can talk to about her cases. She also goes to eat at the restaurant owned by Rosie and William, who is Henry's brother.

This is another story full of twists and turns, with a variety of characters that seem very real. The subplot about the middle aged couple whose son Greg returns with a girlfriend who is into free love, drugs and rock and roll especially hit home. Many families had that one child who left home, looking for something more and when they came back, were unable to appreciate all that their families had given them. This couple ends up abandoning their newborn child with his parents, who take her in and love her, and adopt her as their own.

I would recommend this book!
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