24 February 2010

After All These Years | Book Review


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 slices:
  • 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.

After All These Years = Entry 2 in the LOST Books Challenge and Entry 3 in the Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge.

22 comments :

  1. Great review, I love your lost connections and how you discuss the appropriateness of the book for various ages.

    ann

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  2. I like your lost connection--I want to do that challenge but I found it kind of late since this is the last season. I wasn't sure I had time to participate.

    sounds like a fun mystery.

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  3. oh and how do you make those Challenge buttons and tracking lists in your side bar? I'd like to do that.

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  4. Ooooh! Sounds interesting! I was a bit curious when I found out you were going to read this! The Lost challenge is such a fun idea! I hope you're enjoying it! :)

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  5. I love the cover and it overall looks like a great read (and it's funny, as you said above). I'll defiantly check it out!

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  6. Oh no! "Political commentary!!" hahaha - I love your reviews, Juju!Have an awesome awesome day!!

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  7. Glad to see you're doing the Lost challenge! That is my fav show :)

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  8. i don't know if i already said this but i love your review format!! i've been seeing this book around and i like the cover. i might be skipping this one though--not into reading infidelity if i can help it and crass characters. thanks for the review :)

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  9. I love mystery! I'm not entirely sure if I'd enjoy this one as much, but I did enjoy your review!

    Emidy
    Une Parole

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  10. I love the way you organized your review, with all those sub-headings! Makes for great reading! Good review!

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  11. Sounds really interesting. I'm looking into reading more Mystery novels.

    Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict
    http://web.me.com/quirion

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  12. I like mysteries but usually the ones that are crime drama types - like CSI type books. I've read most of Jonathan Kellermans and Patricia Cornwell's books.

    Thanks for the review!

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  13. I've actually never read anything by this author!! Great review!!

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  14. I'm not sure this is for me but thanks for sharing.

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  15. Anne: Thank you and thanks for visiting :)

    Jill & Chelley: I feel ya ;)

    Mel: Me too! What did you think of the latest episode?

    Amelia: You're too funny. I like to make people aware of political commentary. I know sometimes it totally turns me off :) I always love your comments.

    Kaye: I'll email you :) I'm an html newbie so I'll do my best to make sense when I write you :)

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  16. Ooh that woman sounds fierce! Love a good mystery! Thanks for the wonderful review.

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  17. The book sounds interesting... "laughs, descriptions, and wicked characters"... that is enough to grab my attention too!

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  18. I would normally never even pick this book up. I know dont judge a cover. After your review it does sound pretty good.

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  19. Hmm, not sure if this is my type of book, but great review anyway!

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  20. While I'm not sure I'd love this one, you gave a great review. Perhaps one day...if my TBR pile ever dwindles ;)

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  21. interesting book. i would love to read this book if i have the chance. *LOL*

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  22. Honest review :), I'm a little curious on this book Putting it on TBR pile :D

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