My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'm going to be honest: I gave this the second star because it's technically well written. It's just an utterly unpleasant book and some of my dislike of it is on me. If I had been paying attention to the dust jacket about 'disgraced' sheriff Cody Hoyt, I would never have picked it up (I was more interested in set in Montana for a challenge I'm in).
It opens with four revolving points of view and not one of them is pleasant or about characters I want to get to know more. Cody Hoyt is busy planting evidence which he considers his specialty. OMG, that was enough to make me want to stop reading in chapter one. The other point of view is Cassie Dewell's. She's his partner and considers him her mentor and is torn about catching him in the act for their boss who is a total dick. Then we have the sisters (who disappear) lying to their parents and well to the younger sister who's now stuck in the car with her big sister who's determined to go to Montana after her boyfriend (Hoyt's son) who has stopped texting her because she's so clinging and stalkery. And lastly we have the trucker-serial killer's point of view.
In fact we spent more time in the 'Lizard King's' head than we need to. It feels salacious and dirty, and really an excuse to be misogynistic (not that Hoyt is much better). We get treated to long chapters about how he has his truck tricked out for murder and easy disposal and how he sees the hookers working truck stops (and of course the crazy sister gets into a road rage incident with him).
This was slow, populated with nasty people and I don't see me continuing this series. I'll go look for Box's other series.
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Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This one is dark but it's a Dresden File so that's expected. The ending isn't exactly happy either but it fits the narrative well. Harry has been called to Missouri by Pres, a small town cop where one family, the Talbots, is being picked off one by one by something supernatural.
Harry, fighting off the cold of the century, finds Pres to be an excellent companion, but his boss the sheriff, sees Harry as a con man. The Talbots as it turns out are under a curse and Harry finds himself almost over his head with little help to be found.
The story is good. The art is decent and I enjoyed this one.
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