I very much enjoyed Robotham's first novel (Suspect) with some of these same characters but this one not so much. I found myself rereading bits and saying things like, "Wait a minute - who's this guy now?" The book was overpopulated and it was so unnecessary when there are several very interesting main characters. But - and this is a big but - a lot of the problem could have been me. I read this more piecemeal than I usually read, and often with a plaguing headache/earache thing I've had going on for a week. So, I'm still going to try the next Robotham novel and hope that it's more like Suspect for me than Lost.
I enjoyed this book quite a lot -- as much as the first in the series, and 100x more than a recent stand-alone by Robotham, The Secrets She Keeps. I like the focus on a different character than in the first novel, but with The Suspect's (and series) main character here in a supporting role. The tension -- is this child alive or not?! I liked that Ruiz's ancestry is German/Gypsy, and his mother pretended to be Jewish to escape the Nazis. My friends who complain about getting confused when the time-line is not straightforward would not like this one -- the book starts near the end of the story, and the previous story is interwoven as Ruiz gradually regains memories. Ali was a lovely character, and the connection between Ruiz and Ali felt believable. I liked learning about the sewer systems and underground rivers. Highly recommended.
I like the interaction of the characters but the plot has the speed of a tired plow horse.
I struggle with the flawed hero, the cop that is broken & at odds with his fellow officers, the maverick. This story had one of those. I'll try Michael Robotham one more time. If you love the flawed hero look then this book is for you.
I enjoy this one. 7 of 10 for me.
The ABC DVD series. Begin with season 1. For some reason not currently available in Hennepin county, but available elsewhere and worth it.
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