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Friday, February 12, 2010

Book Review - U is for Undertow

Book Review - U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

I must begin by noting that I have read every one of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone books from A to U, so far. I am a die-hard fan. With that said...

If this were NOT a Sue Grafton book, I very well may have quit about half-way through... I was struggling with all the characters in the different time periods. [I should note that I only read this in the evening, a half-hour to an hour per sitting, once a day.] But, being a Kinsey Millhone book, by Sue Grafton, I had faith that it would come together by the end; and of course, IT DID.

I recognize that authors of long series have to continue to innovate in how they present their stories. She certainly stretched and did that with this book. She clearly shared with us the events of 1967 alongside the events of 1988 that led to the very satisfying conclusion. Along the way, we also have a side story developing with additional disclosure of the family that Kinsey never knew that she had. This seems to be building to a more critical part of Kinsey's life in the books ahead. [Another side note: one other very good mystery author I used to read felt the need to delve more deeply into the psychological makeup of her protagonist in a series - I did quit reading that series after another book or two. She didn't pull it off. Sue Grafton did.]

Congratulations on another fine Kinsey Millhone mystery novel.

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Happy Reading! ;-)

Dr. Bill



  1. Michener uses a similar style. I haven't read any Grafton's but have plenty of friends who like her. I'll have to pick this book up at the library.

  2. I've read them all too, and must say I thought T is for Trespass was one of her best, so I hope to read this too. I got kind of bummed out after F because they seemed too monotonous. The first 5 were the best! I will look for this one too.