I didn´t get a change to review this when I finished it. I think the site was down for maintenance or something.
This book was so good that I have been feeling out of sorts since finishing it. I miss it. It is a Christian Fiction that wasn´t a flimsy romance story. It wasn´t even just ONE story. It started with one story and then gradually unfolded into several stories that intertwined and slowly revealed a total picture of one family. No one knew all of the story but when they got together the pieces all fit.
The story starts out with a mother who is having a very bad day. She argued with her boss and walked out and now thinks she may be fired for it. She was sitting in her car when she got the call that her teen daughter had been caught shoplifting at the mall. Her husband decided to send her daughter to a counselor to see if they can help. The counselor discovers that the daughter is acting out because she wants a closer relationship with her mother. She said her mother never talks to her and she knows nothing of her mother´s family. She wishes she knew her grandparents and aunts and uncles but her mom won´t speak of them. One day in therapy the counselor wants her mother to join in on the session and the daughter pulls out a birthday invitation that had been crumpled up and tossed in the trash. It was a party her aunt Annie was throwing for her grandfather. She asked her mother why she doesn´t know her aunt or her grandfather and why she won´t go. Finally, in an effort to repair her relationship with her daughter she decides to go. She and her daughter go on a road trip and as they drive she tells her story, the story of her childhood.
That is just the beginning though and as they arrive and meet more people they hear more stories and slowly begin to understand why people behaved the way they did.
If you internet search Robert Crais it is interesting to note that he was greatly influenced by the works of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. It you add this piece of information to the fact that he was a writer for some early 80's made for TV series (Hill Street blues, Cagney and Lacy) then you will have an understanding of the writing style of this author.
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Wanted". Elvis Cole is helping out an old friend Devon, it would appear that her son has been involved in a series of robberies and things become very serious when Devon discovers a very rare and valuable Rolex watch in her son's bedroom. He calls in his associate and partner Joe Pike (tattoos and the permanent wearing of shades!) and together both must act quickly to safeguard Tyson and his comrade in arms a young immature girl called Amber. Elvis Cole is not your ordinary detective, rather than drink (which seems to be the flaw of most cops) he likes to cook.."I turned up a package of frozen peas, two stalks of asparagus, and a lemon. Inspired. I filled a pot with water threw in some salt, and kicked op the heat. "....
Two assassins have been hired to find a stolen laptop presumably removed by the thieves Tyson and Amber, containing information that might incriminate their client, The race is on for Elvis Cole aided by his ever present sidekick Joe Pike to find the two remaining teenage burglars and try to explain to them the error of their ways, This is a fast stripped down detective story and in some ways feels a bit like a script made for TV, nevertheless very enjoyable. Sometimes all you want when reading a book is an easy to follow storyline and neat very readable prose which is certainly in abundance here..."schooling like orchestral sharks at a blood-drunk feast."....."men with dusty boots and women with rough hands."...."as out of place on the lovely street as a fly in a glass of juice."...
As always Robert Crais delivers in his own recognizable style making for a very enjoyable and fast read. Many thanks to the food people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written
Add a beautiful young painter and a handsome vicar who's a duke's son, throw in a dash of murder, and a sprinkle of art forgery, a Trumpian faux populist character, and there you have it.
This was enjoyable with clever writing and likable characters, but I felt like I had to keep putting it down. Could be me, with everything going on. I am looking forward to Gemma's story.
Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.
Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine: http://affairedecoeur.com.