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Ugh. I finally finished this snooze-fest. Maybe it's because this is the first of Grafton's books I've read, but I was seriously unimpressed. I get the impression from reading other reviews that the beginning of the alphabet is better, so maybe I should have started with A, but my mother-in-law insisted that it wouldn't make a difference. I guess it didn't really, except that the whole family sub-plot seemed totally pointless to me since I'm not as invested in the Kinsey character as I could have been if I'd been with her through the previous stories. Really, though, I pretty much found a good chunk of the book pointless. Way too many seemingly unconnected characters with way too much backstory at the beginning. I found myself wanting to make a chart just to keep it all straight. And even as they started connecting, I got so tired of reading the same information retold from yet another character's point of view. "Redundant" was the word that kept coming to mind. And, really, why the history lessons on tiny SoCal towns or the scientific explanations of wolfdogs and undertow? I'm convinced that was only done so that the title made some kind of sense because otherwise there was zero point. I mean, I like detail as much as the next girl, but Grafton has a way of droning on about nothing for pages on end. It took her almost 400 pages to tell a story that could have been done in half the time. It took me about a month to finish this book because I couldn't stay awake after just a few pages at a time. Honestly, the only reason I didn't skip ahead or just not finish at all was b/c my MIL had recommended it so highly. Because of that, I was sure it had to get better. But it didn't. Not at all. The whole thing - even the "climax" at the end - was painfully slow and boring and I'm so thankful to be rid of it. Not to mention that it seemed like there were way too many loose ends left in terms of Sutton and what he really saw or didn't see based on the info his siblings gave. That whole thing is a jumbled mess in my mind. Who knows, maybe I just slept through that part. Am I being too harsh? Should I not judge her entire series by this one book? Right now I can't imagine ever wanting to read another of Grafton's books - unless I'm suffering from a bout of insomnia.