This book blew me away. Minnette Walters touches on the horrors of racism, class issues, police disregard quite successfully (something she tried to repeat in Acid Row, but not so successfully.) On the surface, it’s a murder story, the female lead won’t let it go, she’s bound and determined to find out what happened to her murdered neighbor. (You’ll understand why on the very last page, but don’t read ahead, because you’ll spoil the fun.) And on a deeper level it’s about a woman demanding respect, refusing to be ignored. She has a bastard for a husband, shits for friends, but she charges on, her determination is admirable. Loved this book so much. Walters is one of my favorite writers, and this is one of my favorite books.
finished reading Jan. 16, 2003