By Cassidy Salem
Adina Donati works at a think tank in Washington, D.C. One night she and a friend go out for drinks and the friend ends up dead in the restroom. In time, Donati comes to believe that the project on which her friend was working may relate to her murder. When she begins investigating, she puts herself in danger.
Basic plot. Not complex or intricate.
Adina Donati: 25, administrative assistant for Drake University for Policy Planning and Research, dark wavy hair, fair complexion, brown eyes, enjoys photography, fluent in several languages
Jonathan Saks: Homicide detective, average features, former New York cop
Daniel Sullivan: lawyer, tall, dark hair and eyes, homosexual
Kaye Blunt: Human Resources Director at Adina’s employer
Matt Murphy: Director of Energy Programs, mid fifties, large stomach, has five children
Grayson: has the title of Doctor, director at Adina’s employer
Michelle: 25, works with Adina
Duncan Fletcher: Adina’s former boyfriend, sandy hair, almost 6′
Bruce Dunn: dark hair, olive complexion, green eyes, over 6′, physiotherapist
A lot of characters, very few with physical descriptions including the main character. I didn’t get a picture of her.
I thought with the number of characters, there might be some red herring suspects thrown in, but most of the cast is filler. Duncan, who could have been a prime suspect, was demoted, as are most others, to a minor role. Bruce and Jonathan get some spotlight, but where Bruce might have made for another wonderful suspect, nothing portended possible danger. Ditto with coworkers.
Conversations tend to stay short with not much action going on during them. A little, but not much. As I mention below about Adina doing things that don’t relate to the murder, there are several conversations that are wasted space – talking with friends, family, etc. Many conversations ran to sympathizing with Adina about her friend’s death, have the police any leads, no not really, okay how about your love life. Again, with so many characters, conversations could have added tension, suspicion, clues.
First person from Adina’s POV. Relatively short chapters. Pretty quick read.
After the murder is committed, nearly 45% of the book is covered before some link to the mystery is seen. There is a lot of Adina doing stuff – talking to friends, visiting the zoo, etc, that doesn’t do anything but fill space. I kept wanting her to find a clue to the murder.
The entire motive seemed a bit weak because I didn’t see any solid ‘stuff’. Connections were too loose. The explanation was too pat. No surprises. The climactic scene near the end wasn’t very tension filled and when it ended, so did the story, for the most part.
Clean writing. No grammar/punctuation/spelling problems. I just didn’t feel close to the story.