This book should come with a warning label: Spoiler Alert.
Thankfully a friend of mine warned me of this before reading. As I read this book I’d either read all the books the author spoiled, or had never heard of those books and therefore no plans to read them. Knowing the books I’ve read so well added some value to the reading experience, but not having read the others, I still could follow along.
As I’ve felt since last August, reading has become predictable. Perhaps I have read so many murder mysteries and have read every kind of twist that twists are no longer as “wow! Didn’t see THAT coming!” In this one, I did not guess exactly whodunit, but it didn’t blow my mind. In fact, I think it was obvious. (No spoilers here).
As I embark on reading throughout the rest of 2020, I may explore short stories or other genres. Murder mysteries and historical fiction I can generally figure out where the story is going because they tend to have the same formula: the shocking reveal that isn’t so shocking if you’d read enough. Kate Morton is an example of this. After having read her books from 2011 to now, reading others in that same vein didn’t really surprise me. However, Kate Morton has a way of pulling you in and really making a twist you could not predict. Others, I believe, try to replicate that but fall a but short. Someday I hope to find someone how can!
Same for murder mysteries.
I am not giving up. I will keep searching, keep reading, and keep posting.