Book: After All These Years
Authoress: Susan Isaacs
Pages: 343 (Hardcover)
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery
The LOST Connection: In the season 2 episode 4 ("Everybody Hates Hugo") this book is seen on Sawyer's bedside as he recovers from injuries inside the Swan station.
My summary: After 25 years of marriage, Rosie's husband files for divorce claiming to be in love with a much younger woman. But just before the divorce is final Rosie's cheating ex is found dead in their mcmansion. Now to avoid false imprisonment she is about to go on the lam. Rosie has only days to piece together his final weeks and learn who killed him and framed her.
My say: After All These Years is a little wordy but clever and often funny.
My whodunit verdict: Whodunits are charming for one of two reasons; you either love the journey or you can not get enough of the mystery. This one never quite accomplished either one for me.
My recommendation: This is best reserved for mystery buffs that enjoy gritty heroines.
My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars; While I didn't love this mystery I did enjoy the laughs, descriptions, and wicked characters.
- My least favorite part: Isaacs characters are funny but quite crass and blunt.
- My favorite parts: Rosie often ponders the benefits, repercussions, and side affects of being wealthy while rehashing old detective movies and referring to herself as a "dame".
My meter readings:
- Adventure-o-meter: High! Poor Rosie goes from well-to-do school teacher to unwilling criminal over night. When she is not sneaking in to a building she is holding a toy gun to someone's throat. This poor dame is fighting for her life and liberty!
- Kiddie-o-meter: Infidelity, sex, sexuality, murder, betrayal, and a smidgen of bias political commentary make this one best for older teens and adults.
More on the LOST connection: Kate (like Rosie) lives on the run and later reunites with a childhood flame. This book was seen in the same season that we learn the truth about Kate and "What Kate Did" (season 2 episode 9). Both characters also carry strong desires to trust someone. The story also seems to say: don't be so quick to judge a person as guilty.
My final thoughts: These cherry covers (see Murder Takes the Cake and Dead Is So Last Year) have left me seriously craving some homemade cherry preserves.