Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25) by Sue Grafton (3 out of 5)

This is almost the end of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. My deceased godmom Carol got me hooked on these. One more wonderful thing she did for me! I will be so sad getting to the end. Maybe Sue Grafton has a magical reprieve up her sleeve. Let me hope! This latest book is out now, available in hardcover at your nearest independent bookstore. The letter “Y” is brought to you by Marian Wood/Putnam books. 

Kinsey gets hired by Lauren McCabe, by way of her former boss Lonnie Kingman. Her son Fritz is being blackmailed over the presence of a decades-old sex tape featuring her son and several of his close-knit friends sexually assaulting a friend of theirs. Fritz has done his time for his part, and he’s wigging out over the demands. Throw in the decades old murder of star athlete and fellow friend Sloan and it’s a real buzzkill for this group. Kinsey begins her investigation, but she’s distracted by the reappearance of one Ned, who tried to strangle her previously and got away. So, she has her shackles up and on guard, but she’s having a hell of a time with the other investigation. Then Fritz disappears, and things go from bad to worse for Kinsey. Throw in a visit from her former beau’s estranged wife accusing her of being pregnant (Kinsey and my own love life are starting to look more alike as Grafton’s alphabetic countdown marches to it’s conclusion) and the level of high drama that keeps finding poor Kinsey throws the story into another direction. That’s a problem. There are distractions all over the damn place, next to the actual case she’s investigating. The second problem is that the tight-knit group of people who are involved in both the sex tape shenanigans and Sloan’s murder, among other misdeeds, are a bunch of unrepetant snobby kids who act like they’re entitled to bad behavior. I could not call up any sympathy for them. I spent half the book swearing at them. There are serious problems when the reader has zero sympathetic tendencies toward the girl who’s sexually assaulted! You’ll see what I mean about this bunch. Kinsey’s fear at running into the murderous trap of Ned provides a welcome respite from the main investigation in the book. That’s an absolutely abhorrent thing to say! This is my blog and I am being 100% serious in all of these things. Another complaint- hardly any of Henry, Kinsey’s 89-landlord and confidante. I DID really enjoy Kinsey’s newfound bond with the dog in the book. That was cool. Unfortunately, that didn’t help my overall rating. Then when I got to the end, I didn’t end up being surprised one bit by the outcome. And then even more sickened by the group of miscreants. Ugh. The sort of characters with criminal tendencies so advanced that you’d rather eat a whole shaker of Morton salt than have to read anything with these shallow self-serving fools in it. Thank heavens for Kinsey! If not for her, well, I would have given up on this a long time ago. It does stand as a testament to Grafton’s superb character building skills that you want to smack all of the kids in the face with a fish. The only problem is that it makes you care less and less for the people involved in the book, and then what’s the point in reading on? Thankfully, as I said earlier, Kinsey still rules, but this whole thing felt somewhat devoid of caring- as in toward the clan of the rich kids. A bit hard to get through. 

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~ by generationgbooks on September 13, 2017.

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