This isn't so much a review of the book as it is of L.J. Smith. I first read The Vampire Diaries back in 2010, and the first 2 books weren't half bad. But then they just nose dive into cliche and terrible. And that seems to be what L.J is famous for, as far as I can tell. All her writings are juvenile, anticlimactic and pretty full of teen tropes. In this book, I don't think there was a single brain cell to be shared among the three main characters. And then we get a big bad about 30 pages from the end for no reason that doesn't even do anything. Literally does nothing.
Same goes for when I picked back up on The Vampire Diaries when Smith started writing them a decade after they ended. She did nothing to fix the time gap, gave them cell phones with no explanation and went off on some strange angels/demons/kitsune plotline. I do not get why people are so fascinated with her. I read 5 of The Vampire Diaries before I thought my eyes would bleed. This book wasn't nearly as bad, but it was just bland. Boring. The teens were so....white bread and mayo. It had nothing of spice and substance. I feel like people read her and enjoy her works because they just don't know any better, sort of like Cassandra Clare.
Oh ffs. DNF at 230 pages.
I. Am. Done.
I loved the first 2 books in this series but this one makes my eyes want to bleed. Henry is like a mindless ping pong ball that only thinks with his little ping pong dick. Penelope is so evil it is hard to believe she is a real character. Carolina's selfishness knows no bounds. She loved Will enough to lose her job and plan to run away, but when she finds out he's dead, oh well. "I'm rich now. Fuck you." No, fuck you, Lina, you stuck up maid who seems to have forgotten you are living a lie. My God, I only read these for Elizabeth and Will. And Will died which crushed my soul. WHY DO THE GOOD ONES GET KILLED OFF?! So now this book series is just Penelope and Diana playing tennis with Henry while Elizabeth doesn't know she's pregnant with Will's baby and Lina is just a sneeze away from total, justified social ruin. Fml. I'm going to read something that doesn't make me want to stab myself in the ear with a pencil.
Will Robie has accidentally killed a kid based on bad intelligence. He had problem to do his job because it haunted him.
Now, his boss, only referred to as the Blue Man give him leave and asked him to visit his father that he had not seen or talked to for twenty years.
His father was the judge and he was now in custody waiting for his trail for murder.
A local drunk and troublemaker was killed because he imposingly has cheated on had spent the night with the judge's wife.
Now he was not welcome to where he was from.
He father Dan was a violent asshole.
His has now got a hot new stepmother and a younger brother Tyler.
The more he wanted to get to the bottom of this, the more violent persons turned out. Some just wanted to mess him around a bit. While other go directly into shooting.
Lucky that Will is someone not only could fight back, but shoot back too.
Now he needed help. So his long trusted partner Jessica show up and watched his six.
The two are running around following leads.
But not really have a clue. His father Dan was still the jerk and wouldn't be too helpful.
The event also involved pedophile, blackmailing, and young sluts getting into the sex trade.
There are just so few good persons around.
I thought this is going to be boring and they just to sit around talking about feelings.
No. A lot of actions. A lot of shooting and get shot at.
So, something that I like.
The only part I don't like is the hypocritical characters who go to church but tricked children to be molested. Kind of sick.
Overall, a good read. The later part is better as there were more actions.
Solid 4.5 read.