THIS WAS A HUGE DOWNER OMG.
If you’re not in the mood to read a story about child-kidnapping that ends depressingly for FUCKING EVERYONE, maybe steer clear. I’m so bummed right now.
The prose is pretty good but I’m not gonna lie, I skimmed a LOT whenever he got into like heavy descriptions of cities or growing up near quarries or like shoot-outs and stuff. NO ONE CURR (no, people do. Just I don’t). Largely because I started this in a nothing-to-read gap and then a bunch of library holds came in at once and crime novels aren’t my true calling so I was kind of itching to get along. SKIM A SKIM SKIM.
Patrick and Angie, PI partners and lovers, are hired to find a missing four-year-old named Amber and then there’s just a ton of like her no-good, shiftless mother and the corruption runs deep and your methods are unorthodox, sir and it was fine! Like I say, not my brand. But then in the end
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everyone either dies or is angrily abandoned by their PI partner/lover or forcibly removed from the new loving family they have found and returned to their vapid neglectful mother. EN FIN.
I mean. Even Connie Willis is like, And then I returned from my travels in the middle ages where EVERYONE DIED OF PLAGUE AND IT WAS SUPER TRAGIC but I am here to bear witness to how frightened and brave and irreplaceable they were. I love weeper novels but I hate feeling just like completely sunk at the end.
So there’s that.