The books I enjoy best are those that work on several levels, and Wilde Lake met that standard for me. As a mystery, it kept me interested and engaged, dribbling out the clues for the reader to grasp at for guessing at the ending, and with a satisfying ending that tied all the threads together. The main characters – and even some of the peripheral characters – were realistically nuanced, with none being truly likeable. But a significant part of the fun was the sense of place. I was fascinated by the origins and evolution of Columbia, Maryland, which was so strongly evoked by the author that it seemed almost its own character.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Excellent performance by Kathleen McInerney, who created two consistent narrator voices and personas, which made following the unusual storytelling device of main character (1st person) past and (3rd person) present much less confusing to follow on audio than it might have been.