Saturday, June 9, 2012
Before starting this book, I had some doubts on whether I'd like it or not. The reason for most of those doubts came from some reviews I read on Goodreads, which varied from one star to five stars. There was one review in particular that caught my attention. A man said he read the book for a required class at law school, and claimed you couldn't tell the main character (Kinsey) was a woman until around halfway through the book. For something like that to go un-noted for so long in a book raised serious questions about the author's capabilities. Luckily for me, this was not the case.
What I loved about this book was the character descriptions and developments. People aren't split into good and bad, and Grafton does a great job of penning humanity into even the crudest character. While you see the rough edges, you see what made them that way as well. The situations in here are realistic, from the terrible running, to falling asleep and missing an appointment, to not being able to sneak quietly into a trash can. Another very pleasant surprise was an ending you honestly didn't see coming.
I can't really think of much I didn't like. Some of the detail was a bit overwhelming, such as the type of landscaping around every neighborhood and the chase scene, but I feel I can't fault someone for being too detailed (especially when it's a mystery starring a private investigator.) After finishing "A is for Alibi," I am very excited to move on to her next novel "B is for Burglar."
All-in-all, I would give this book four and a half stars.