Following the posting of this review of mine, I became aware of another Goodreads review by Tina. In it, she comments on my view about this male author writing in first person narrative from the female protagonist’s point of view. Tina’s review follows mine and makes for interesting reading,
This was an excellent read by any standards.
There are two things that stand out for me. One, I kept forgetting the author is male. His protagonist is a thirty-something (nearer forty than thirty?) female detective, Nicole Foster. The author writes in a first person point of view throughout the novel so the reader is seeing, feeling all through “female” eyes.That makes me query whether female readers also “forgot” the author was a male or could they tell? It’s an interesting point.
The second thing was the really neat book ends. A mirror image of the same scene both in the prologue and closing chapter. It worked.
The homicide investigation was in itself fascinating as were the characters of the main suspects. The homicide was so different than the usual run-of-the mill shootings and stabbings etc though nonetheless horrific. What could be more horrific than a toddler left to “cook” inside a car during a heatwave? Foster and her fellow detective have to determine whether this was a deliberate act or a tragic accident.
But strange as it may seem, the investigation took a back seat (pun intended) to the personal demons Detective Foster had to deal with. That is the fascinating part of this book and kudos to the author for pulling it off magnificently.
This is Book #2 in the Nicole Foster series but it can be read as a standalone. I did. I now need to read Book #1 ‘The Sound of Rain.’
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with s free digital copy of this book through NetGalley. I was under no obligation to review it and all opinions expressed are my own.
Oops! I posted this review once before. No worries, it’s worth a second post 🙂
Tina’s Goodreads Review
Nicole Foster is a cop who’s career is in tatters until she gets a second chance. She has to investigate what appears to be an accident, a child left in a hot car. A father who protests he forgot she was there. A mother, a nurse who’s adamant her husband wouldn’t deliberately leave their daughter to die baking inside the oven which was the back seat of the car. This case brings back bad memories for Nicole of the case that basically shattered her career.
As the case starts to unravel and Nicole learns the horrible truth of the toddlers death her own life starts to unravel with the presence of her sister whom she hasn’t seen or heard from in years. We learn her father is in a care home, Alzheimer’s. Her mother, a narcissist abandoned them all when she was a child. Her sister, who’s her father favourite is just like her mum, a narcissist that always gets her own way even if it’s by committing murder. Nicole is the guardian of her sisters daughter. Although wrong, Nicole tells the child her mother is dead, believing she would never darken their door again. Nicole was wrong.
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up after reading the review of a friend, curious if I saw the same kind of view he did about the author and female lead. Nicole is such a strong female lead in the book that I do agree that forgetting the author is male can be done. I find most times that a male author doesn’t nail female lead as well as Gregg Olsen did. That isn’t a dig at other male authors at all so please don’t take it that way 😊.
The book wasn’t fast paced like I expected it to be. But a nice slow gradual undertaking of all events, past and present taking place. A novel idea which I have never seen done before in any other books I have read is the way the author did the opening scene and the end scene. Nicely done 😊.
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