This begins off with the main character, Tess, being unemployed after losing her job at a newspaper. I give Tess props for taking any job that came her way to pay the bills. Since this was published in 1997, I won’t fault her for not attempting to write a blog to make a living since blogging didn’t become a thing until the late 1990s.
I want to point out I listened to this book on audio and liked the voice of the narrator, Deborah Hazlett.
As for the story, it goes downhill from there. I didn’t care about the characters. Tess, while spunky, was a bumbling novice and made a mess out of everything by jumping to conclusions. I care nothing about rowing and this is where a good majority of the description went in. I became bored and found my mind wandering.
The breakdown at the end made scant sense. She would have never discovered the killer if he hadn’t had tried to kill her. It didn’t add up that he did so because she was not anywhere near finding out it was him.
The fact she thought she wouldn’t be able to prove the other characters involvement in the death of an 11-year-old boy doesn’t wash. You can’t deny a tape recording with your voice on it confessing to the crimes. She was in love with Jonathan, but after he was murdered she’s ready to hook up with someone else days afterward? Please, real life doesn’t work that way.