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S is for Silence, by Sue Grafton [Aug. 18th, 2006|09:44 pm]
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I've always enjoyed Grafton's alphabet series. I like Kinsey as a character, but sometimes I find the writing style limiting. For instance, these aren't the types of mystery books where the reader actually has a shot at figuring out whodunnit. The most important, vital clue (who was she sleeping with? what did he take out of his bank box?) is saved until the moment Kinsey figures out the last puzzle piece.

That being said, I might as well admit that I prefer my books like that. That way, it's a fun, easy read. I don't have to worry about trying to be smart and figure it out because there's no way I CAN.

S is for Silence is about a case Kinsey takes on from Daisy Sullivan, whose mother disappeared 34 years ago when Daisy was 7. She wants Kinsey to find out what happened to her mother. Since her mother was fiery, abused by Daisy's father, and sleeping with half the men in town, she has an equal chance of having run away or been killed.

I actually really enjoyed this one -- a little more than the previous ones. Grafton has changed her writing style a little bit, and it felt very much like an episode of Without a Trace. She stepped out of Kinsey for awhile and told old memories from the POV of the person. This is both good and bad -- good because it gives the reader a small break from Kinsey and a deeper look at what was going on, but bad because what really happened and what Kinsey was told were often two different things. Unfortunately, it was necessary for the reader to get the whole picture.

Good read :) I'll pick it up when it comes out in paperback to add to my Kinsey Collection.