Finished 1-11-12, rating 3.5/5, mystery, 242 pages, pub. 2009
Lydia wondered how long it took before all traces of a person disappeared. Perhaps it was when there were no longer events where people expected someone’s presence, and that person began to cease to exist even in memory.
What happens in a nutshell- Lydia is a photographer and on the opening night of her first show a murderer targets one of her models. The models all portray dead girls of unsolved crimes and Lydia worries that one murder is just the beginning. (B&N review here)
What I liked– The gritty struggle of trying to survive in New York as an artist provided a great back drop to this mystery. I also love the premise of a killer recreating photos of murdered women that were already recreations. Confused? Don’t be, it worked.
What was just okay– I didn’t think the killer was all that surprising. Lydia herself felt distant to me so I was never turning pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next. Maybe it would have been better in first person? Maybe not, but I usually like mysteries and thrillers best when told in first person, so that could just be my bias.
The verdict– I liked it but didn’t love it. But what do I know? It did win the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition.
This was from my personal library.