(May contain spoilers)
Synopsis (This is different to the blurb on the back of my book?)
Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt—and as it turned out, homicidal—local school board, and now the town’s back in view with more alarming news: A woman’s been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There’s a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years’ worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It’s true what they say: High school is murder.
Firstly, i want to say that this is my first ever read by John Sandford, which is quite disappointing as was super hyped by this book, thanks to the blurb i got on the back of mine which seems to be completely different to many many other versions found online.
I enjoyed the authors writing style, and the dialogue between characters is what forced me to keep going – Until i did beat this thing on my head and skip the last five chapters.
At the very beginning of the book, you know who has killed the woman – Gina Hemming a successful banker in the small town. It was at that point i even contemplated reading it, what was the point? But i did! I expected the detective to go on a mad rat run of all the people in question who were present the reunion meeting but it seemed to of taken him forever – I mean a lot of filler and boring stuff just seemed to take up a huge chunk.
Virgile Flowers, the detective took his sweet time knocking on the doors of possible suspects, took his damn time questioning people and getting the point. It’s a bloody murder investigation, don’t rush yourself pal.
It mentions feuds, bad blood etc. All i got was that the woman Gina who was murdered, slept with A LOT of men in the town and some married And that the only interesting thing about her was she paid a sex therapist to come cuff and spank her once a week. I expected dirty, riveting secrets of the high school pals but they were all VERY boring. For a small town with secrets, i am trying to figure out if i had missed something in the story? Oh and Gina was rich?
This book was good, then started to get boring, then good then I was getting quite frustrated at myself for not finishing the damn thing as it was making me feel bored. I skimmed towards the end, right up to the chapter where Virgil finally gets the guy who did it.. Then i skimmed some more. This story needed to be shorter, perhaps a novella. It needed way more twist and turns, and the characters needed more depth and personality.
As a first experience with John Sandford, it will be my last – For a while. However, his writing is brilliant i do not doubt that, the story was just very boring. It lacked something, even the shootout or whatever that happened wasn’t fun. It took too long to get to the point and the investigation also took too long.
3/5 – and that’s me being generous.
You can pick up this book from amazon or if you are in the UK i got this book part of the 3 books for £5.00
Thanks so much for reading!