After reading the first quarter of this novel, I feel both disappointed yet exhilarated. While the first four chapter were filled with action, excitement, and suspense, I felt as if the rest of the first part of the novel did not fill me with the same strong feelings. I found myself wanting the book to travel at a faster pace, yet I understand the author’s need to develop these characters due to the length of the series. Additionally, I enjoy the perspective in which this novel was written because the reader is forced to worry about the main character battling both a life-threatening illness and an incredibly difficult case at the same time. I enjoy how this book is written in a women’s perspective because when a person generally thinks of FBI, an image of a strong man pops into their head. This novel helps to battle these gender stereotypes.
The characters in this novel seem very relatable due to how two of the main characters have gone through divorces which is a reality for a lot of families today. Although I cannot relate to the novel in this sense, I relate to both of Raleigh’s sons, Jason and Teddy, because I am an athletic powerhouse like Jason and intelligent like Teddy. Also, the plot of this novel is very believable because in this day in age, crimes such as the ones presented in the novel do occur. The ways in which the case is being solved can also relate to modern day crime solving methods because the technology and techniques the crime solvers are using are relevant. The main plot line is quite slow at this point in the novel, yet a new spark of interest was recently added at the tail end of this section of the novel which describes a new newlywed couple who may be the killer’s next target. The plot is suspenseful because the reader does not know what will happen to this new couple and how Lindsay Boxer, the main character, will deal with her life-threatening illness.
The only change I would make in this novel so far is that I would take out the underlying issue with Lindsay’s new partner at work because it seems a little unnecessary. While older readers might enjoy a little spark between criminal case partners, I find this distracting to the overall plot of the novel. I understand that it may need to develop further to become relevant to the plot or if this “crush” helps Lindsay feel more empathetic to the reader yet at this point in the story, I could do without it. So far, the novel needs only small tweaks, yet I hope that the pace picks up significantly heading into the second quarter of the novel.