More Populated State

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

I must be one sentimental bastard. While Iíd like to say, ďI ainít missing you at all.Ē Iíd be hard-pressed to do it with a straight face. Eighteen years? No problem. But, on the other hand, lifeís too short to let that much time pass. Seize the moment. Thatís what I always say. Or maybe it was Sigmund or Freud or Siskel or Ebert.

MISSING YOU did have its sentimental moments. But it also contained a rather prominent criminal element, since this novel falls smack dab in the suspense/thriller category. With detectives and captains and bad dudes galore, and at least one bloodbath soaked its way through the printed pages, youíd be hard-pressed to find a better roller-coaster ride. I even managed to get a little soppy on at least one occasion, but shhhh (holds a finger up to my lips), you canít tell anyone. And when blood made its metallic appearance, I had one of my woo-hoo moments. Probably one of just many reasons why Iíd say Iím not necessarily a normal member of society.

Thatís also why I probably need to find a slightly more populated state for my twilight years. Iíd have to say Iím a bit creeped out to live in isolation, so Iím scratching Wyoming and the Dakotas and Montana off my wish list for the sake of my own sanity. The quiet and the possibility of being a mile or so from my nearest neighbor just doesnít necessarily give me the same warm feeling that an axe to the jugular does. No, wait, a hug around the neck would probably be more appropriate here.

The plot kept me on the edge of my seat, as the pages flipped with effortless ease, and I ground my teeth to relieve just a bit of the tension. Kat and Dana and Brandon proved a dynamic trio that I could get behind, or in front of, as we headed off into battle, even if I ended up in a rather precarious position. The ending came a bit too soon (although not at the wrong time), but I wanted to continue to dangle on the edge of the plateau staring down at the river below.

Was I satisfied? Yes, Stagger, I believe Iíd say I was.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.

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