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The pros: 1) The storyline was interesting and not entirely over the top. 2) Less slapstick and more substance in the writing as it related to the plot. 3) Lula and Grandma were less annoying than some books
The cons: 1) The pacing was slow 2) Lacked the witty dialogue and humor of some of her other books. All the characters felt depressed and dull. 3) Her relationship/interaction with Morelli was flat. It not sexy, not funny, not annoying. Nothing. Diesel summed it up best. Tedious. 4) Ranger doesn't even show up until Chapter Twelve, and then it is lackluster. He's mostly just there to advance the story by providing something Stephanie needs. No heat, no sexy moments. One almost touching moment, but even that falls flat. 5) All the same gags, but somewhat subdued. Destroyed cars, Lula antics - clothes too small, obsession with food, mother tippling, father shoveling food into his mouth at the table, viewings. 6) Even the interaction with Diesel lacked interest. 7) The ending caused pain to shoot behind my eyeball, probably because I had spent money and wasted time on this completely uninspired book.
At least Wulf shows up for about a nanosecond, so I can only hope the reintroduction of Diesel and Wulf means there might be another Wicked book coming out down the line. That would be the only good thing coming out of this disappointing read. I keep saying I'm done with these books, and I keep getting sucked back in hoping for the magic. Sadly this one might have finally convinced me it's time to move on.
Except funny talking, everything else is childish. The hacker seemed stupid and bloody, the author salivating for good looking men, all helping her. And she was in a hurry, after a lot of talking, tot find an easy way to finish. Boring.
I rarely write a book review out of respect for writers but I have read this series more than once and am wondering who wrote this book? My feeling is someone vaguely familiar with the characters who are now shadows of themselves. Uneasy feeling from the start and the wit and humor that seems so characteristic of Janet Evanovich is missing. When Morelli comes to Stephanie’s parents for dinner without the faithful Bob, I knew for certain. I suspect the writer has turned over the series to her daughter. Having read one book they co-authored together, I sensed her unimaginative hand in this one. Game Over for this long time reader.
Usually when I read a Janet Evonavich book I can't help but laugh out loud at least a couple times. I didn't laugh at all while reading this. I don't think she really wrote it. When Lula gets shot Stephanie says they took her to the medical center. Normally Stephanie would have said St Francis and something funny could have come out of that because something funny always happens at St Francis. Nope, no laughs. I enjoyed the book but was disappointed. I could have written this, not a lot of thought. There are no "damns" or "hells" in fact the cussiest word is "fork". At one point Stephanie actually refers to "the police" instead of the "cops". And the sex? Well its NEVER mentioned and her relationships barely get a full sentence. There is only one small kiss in the whole book, it must have been a dirty accident. Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger and even Diesel are all flat. I'm being very generous with two stars.
I used to love this series and couldn't wait until the next book came out. However it is now like a computer programmed formula with preset characters and a slightly varied plot. Far too .many pages are wasted on the background a d history of Stephanie Plum. This is redundant. These books are never included in Kindle Unlimited. I should have saved my money. Leaving the series as it has lost its appeal.
I'm disappointed with this entry. It reads like a run of the mill mystery. The stock characters don't seem to have the colorful depth of personality that they have in the other books. I don't think it's up to Janet Evanovich's usual writing wry humor and zing.
I am really disappointed in this story line with Diesel. I can’t like it. Boring plot line with little to no action or cliff hangers. Best characters in the whole story were Melvin and Charlotte. Cannot recommend.