It was the first one I had read. As I read the first chapter of Broken Places, I thought, man, there are a lot of characters to remember. It took me a couple of chapters to sort them out. Once who’s who began to stick in my head, I got caught up in the plot, the connections between the characters and the complexities of their relationships.
The main characters are connected in the present and the past. The protagonist, Rachel Goddard, has secrets that even her love, Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, doesn’t know. The secrets and lies of various characters cause problems, mistrust and pain. Parshall pulls all the threads together in the end, but that doesn’t mean every character goes away happy.
Although Rachel Goddard’s profession of veterinarian didn’t play a huge role in the book, it was interesting to have a protagonist with that job. It not only gave Rachel a softer side, but reason to be places she shouldn’t have been.
There are several possible suspects and Parshall keeps you guessing throughout the book. Parshall also sets up Rachel Goddard as a complex character with secrets she’d rather keep hidden. Unfortunately, Lindsay, former girlfriend of Rachel’s love interest, and big-time nosey snoop keeps getting in the way. The question becomes how many more will die before Rachel can solve the mystery.
I’m giving it a Hel-Yeah. (New rating system I’m trying out.)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: This signed book was sent to me by the author, but that’s not why I’m recommending it, nor did it influence my review. Nor was I influenced by the starred reviews and Sandra Parshall’s Agatha Award. Lots of people have awards. I, myself, received the Best Mom award from my son. My daughter is still undecided. I’m thinking I’ll get it from her -- I am her only mom, after all. She’s holding out, though. I’m a bit worried since she now lives in another state. I suspect she’s trying out other finalists for the Best Mom award. That’s okay. There’s still her birthday, Christmas, money and bribery. Whadda ya think? Five bucks? Ten?