I read this today sitting out on the back patio, drinking Middle Sister Rebel Red wine.
Anyway, I started out by being turned off by the protagonist. Finley is a paralegal and spends the first 30 or 4o pages explaining how she is irresponsible with money a credit abuser, a compulsive shopper of name brand items, and a nightmare co-worker. She basically brags about coming in late and taking long lunches, lying to her employer about going to the courthouse and meeting her friends for long lunches instead. I almost put the book down but I was too comfy in my lounge chair and didn’t want to get up to get another book so I continued.
I’m glad that I did. The mystery turned out to be quite good and Finley redeemed herself somewhat by working hard once she got involved in solving the mystery. I liked all the twists and turns and connections to other victims. I also enjoyed the legal theme and the investigative techniques. The writing is well done. I still will not say that the protagonist is one of my favorites but there is enough else good in the book to redeem it. Perhaps the problem is me, I tend to need to like characters or at least relate to them, in order to like a book… or maybe I’m a little too old for the target demographic.