This wasn’t all too bad a book. The ending was predictable, as I believed it from halfway, or at least the first moment a side character was given the spotlight. And as always, it means that they are guilty.
Naturally, there are some well planned red herrings. Many times over. The usual suspect can be incredibly suspicious, and certain things are revealed about him that make it seems so. But by the end it is clear that he isn’t.
However, I cared for Merula as there was a legitimate consequence if she failed. And she had real reasons to do everything. Because it impacted her life and will turn it a whole lot worse. And also, because she cared.
That is why I liked Merula for her sense and actually being the one who took risks and pursuing her own goal without ever becoming obsessed with a man.
As for Raven, I just didn’t buy him fully. Or find why will he talk about his mother’s death in such a passing regard, and all at once. Maybe a little, or maybe just a simple explanation. Not the whole reason, and the subplot was never even tied up. I don’t even know who was actually responsible, and perhaps maybe this could have been implied, but not shoved in my face.
And that it is still a mystery. But given quite a development, only to have it not impact the story in any way and there is barely even a connection. I was dumbfounded by this inclusion and the way it was handled was far too clunky for my liking.
I like mysteries which show me a little more about the main characters, but to this level is unnecessary, as it doesn’t do anything other than give me a reason to sympathise with him. It doesn’t even hit home. It was entertaining, but had no place in the book as it doesn’t add anything at all. Other than to give a backstory.
And well, it could have been the focus of another book. It is bizarre, and it can take a whole book to gather the entire mystery together as it is a cold case. But well, it was given as a passing afterthought just to develop the characters. Instead of showing how it impacted Raven, or developing him sufficiently to make such a backstory seem plausible even without him having to say it.
Other than that huge issue I had, I found the story satisfying, the main character relatable, sensible and in all cases determined.
Rating: 3 out of 5