Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Even more so when Kinsey Millhone's only lead is a grown man dredging up a repressed childhood memory-of something that may never have happened...
False memory syndrome provides the core of bestseller Grafton's intriguing 21st crime novel featuring wry PI Kinsey Millhone (after T Is for Trespass). In 1988, Kinsey takes on client Michael Sutton, who claims to have recovered a childhood memory of men burying a suspicious bundle shortly after the unsolved disappearance of four-year-old Mary Claire Fitzhugh in 1972. But Sutton has a track record of unreliability, and Kinsey must untangle and reconfigure his disjointed recountings to learn if they are truth or fiction. Chapters told from the point of view of other characters in other time periods add texture, allowing the reader to assemble pieces of the case as Kinsey works on other aspects. A subplot involves Kinsey wrestling with conflicting information about her estranged family. Though whodunit purists may be a bit disappointed that the culprit is revealed well before book's end, both loyal Kinsey fans and those new to the canon will find much to like. Author tour.
U is for Undertow
Four stars for a well plotted mystery with good characters. All the pieces of the puzzle fit together nicely in the end. My one complaint is that the writing could use an upgrade. The author is way too fond of itemizing the protagonist’s actions, starting each sentence with “I”. That got very tedious.
Grafton does it again.
I never get tired of Kinsey. Thanks, Sue!
U for Undertow by Sue Grafton
This was the best of all her books so far. It was so entertaining, I could hardly wait to get back to it. Even in all the back and forth in the years, she never missed a beat. I have read all the books to U. I’m eagerly waiting to see what she has in her last few books.