So, the characters are here, Aloysius and Vincent and Constance and the others. The pace is frenetic, and the scene shifts with almost every chapter. The plot is complex, answering some old questions and asking many more new ones. Sadly, though, the most important part is missing, the intangible something that singles out the aloof, mysterious Pendergast and makes him unique. The story may involve the love of Pendergast's life, but ironically the story has no heart. I started skimming early in the book, and never settled into the story at all, a first for this series.
As always, a great book, read it in 2 days.
This is the first time that I have walked away from this series unhappy and unsatisfied, it just didn't gel this time, there was to much going on, at the same time, we are not privy to most of the secrets he uncovered about Helen and then he finds out that Helen is most likely alive and that becomes the cliffhanger which would have been fine if the rest of the book was okay. I love this series and of course now it's been over a year and the authors are working on this new series and their fans are waiting anxiously to find out about Helen. The authors need to be careful because if they dangle that carrot for to long a time, they might find their audience no longer cares. Anyway don't waste your money or your credits for this one.