Tension among family members and with old neighbors, former acquaintances, and Sam's childhood best friend drives the largely atmospheric story forward. Interspersed throughout are excerpts from the book an investigative journalist has written about Turtle's case.
These interview transcripts and outsider descriptions of family members add to the pervasive sense of distance and fragility in a community blown apart by trauma. Oddly, the resolution is far more plot-based than the lead-up would suggest. Many of the character-based questions When will Hannah learn about what happened to Turtle? What sort of relationship will Sam and Remy have now?
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The death of Alex was expecially disturbing because it didn't mesh with all we had come to know about him in previous books. He would never have done what he did because of his dedication to his nephew, never. I feel the author was just looking to get rid of his character and this was the way she chose whether it jived with the character's past or not.
Jun 18, Theryn Fleming rated it did not like it Shelves: read-ins , fiction , canlit. I expected to like The Last Good Day. It's set in Saskatchewan! I don't think I've ever read a book set in Saskatchewan that wasn't CanLit.
And the reviews on the back cover are glowing. Did we read the same book? Because I actually thought it was really bad. It was excessively telly. I couldn't work up an iota of sympathy for the characters.
And the inciting incident basically made no sense. But here's the thing that drove me absolutely batty: TLGD was published in The characters are happily using email and have GPS in their cars.
So, it is set in present day. However, when they are told that a character has moved to Vancouver to work at a law firm there, but are suspicious as to whether this is true or not, not one person thinks of googling to check out the story. I just could not get past this. May 22, Joanne added it.
Feb 07, Deb rated it liked it. The hero, Joanne, is an intelligent woman that is portrayed without the fluff that some American writers tend to do to women. This is a continual series so starting from the beginning is a must in order to understand the following books. This mystery took a little bit longer then I liked to get going; however, the author kept me interested in all the other things going on around Joanne.
Feb 10, Tobi rated it it was ok. Big disappointment. The whole story could have taken place in 50 pages Didn't like this one. It didn't seem plausible that she could become so quickly and intensely involved with a group of people who had been friends for 20 years AND who lived in a private, wealthy enclave of summer homes. After that, nothing rang true. Feb 09, Calvin Daniels rated it it was ok.
Someone should do a remake. Nov 08, Geraldine rated it it was amazing. In addition to everything I learned about theatre and actors, and the joy of working in a field that is truly collaborative, we had a special production of the play for Prince Edward, so I got to have dinner with a Prince. I love talking about books! His books were the highlight of my early teens, full of the sex and gore and viciousness that was missing from safer books in the same genre, and they were also engrossing stories with sturdy plots and great characters.
Good read, especially since references familiar places in my home province of Sask. The missing lawyer and a bit hard to fathom in a time when a 'Net search of firms, or Law Society memberships would have solved a big part of mystery early on, so detracted from the read. Feb 22, Sally Kenney rated it really liked it.
I do love Gail Bowen. This one surprised me, not that I ever figure out the mystery. Even some contacts with academics. Surprising for a political scientist. May 05, Shannon Latour rated it liked it. Enjoyable fast read I thought I could 'figure it out' - but it was a fairly cut and dry mystery.
Certainly a good book to take to the cottage to read on vacation :. May 29, Gail rated it liked it. I enjoy Bowen's Joanne Kilbourn series - the ending of this book featured quite the fatal twist. Not sure if I like the direction in which Joanne is headed, but I'll keep reading! Aug 04, Djdee rated it really liked it. Love this character, series and writting style.
Feb 16, Jane rated it it was ok. I always enjoy Bowen's mysteries. Feb 06, Chickandbrenda rated it it was amazing.